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This week's round-up includes: insurance companies and robotic hysterectomy, the disbelieving of women, on labeling women "crazy," and "Dear Prudence" and victim blaming.
- Insurance companies should stop paying for robotic hysterectomies by Dr. Jen Gunter (Keywords: United States, health insurance, hysterectomy, surgery, health care, ableist language)
A new study confirms what previous studies tell us. That a robotic hysterectomy is not a safer or a more efficient way to remove a uterus for non-cancerous (benign) surgery than a traditional laparoscopic approach. This study (Rosero et al, Obstet Gynecol 2013) indicates that there is little difference between the two types of surgery with one glaring exception, a robotic hysterectomy was $2,489 more expensive than a laparoscopic hysterectomy.
- The disbelieving of women by Joy at The F word (Keywords: gender roles, privilege, pain, childbirth, sexual assault and abuse, misogyny)
Before undergoing the simulation, Zeno, one half of the Dutch duo, wonders, "Do you think the pain will make us scream?" Another video contains a pre-simulation quote from one of the participants -- "According to women childbirth is the worst kind of pain there is. But did you know, according to men, women exaggerate everything?"
- On Labeling Women "Crazy" by Dr. Nerdlove (Keywords: gender, misogyny, ableism, mental health, emotional abuse)
There are certain words that are applied to women specifically in order to manipulate them into compliance: “Slut”, “Bitch”, “Ugly/Fat” and of course, “Crazy”. These words encapsulate what society defines as the worst possible things a woman can be. Slut-shaming is used to coerce women into restricting their own sexuality into a pre-approved vision of feminine modesty and restraint. “Bitch” is used against women who might be seen as being too aggressive or assertive… acting, in other words, like a man might. “Ugly” or “Fat” are used – frequently interchangeably - to remind them that their core worth is based on a specific definition of beauty, and to deviate from it is to devalue not only oneself but to render her accomplishments or concerns as invalid.
- “Dear Prudence” columnist publishes rape denialism manifesto advising women to “stop getting drunk” by Lori at Feministing (Keywords: Dear Prudence, Emily Yoffe, rape, victim blaming, alcohol)
Emily Yoffe aka Slate advice columnist “Prudence” is a rape denialist. We’ve known this for years because she repeatedly denies clear instances of rape in her advice column. But until she published this morning’s rape denialism manifesto on Slate, lamenting that a “misplaced fear of blaming the victim has made it somehow unacceptable” to warn women of the dangers of drinking, we didn’t know just how bad it actually was.
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