Sexism Kills: Medical Misogyny and Ignorance of Female Bodies

In the 5th century BCE, followers of Hippocrates—the founder of Western medicine—published “The Hippocratic Corpus.”  The exact writers of this ancient text are lost to history, but their views of the human body prevailed for centuries in the West.  One of the works included in the corpus is called “On the Diseases of Women,” which introduced the “wandering uterus” theory.  2,500 years ago, doctors believed that almost any illness that a woman contracted was caused by her uterus literally floating around her body, putting pressure on other organs and poisoning…

The Other Voice of Gender Equality

Unlike the color pink of breast cancer awareness, the official color of prostate cancer awareness remains an indistinguishable hue hidden within the other colors of our everyday routines. There exists No-Shave November, but many people believe that its funds are donated solely to men’s health initiatives. No-Shave November’s fundraising goal actually extends to all cancers—not just men’s health research. Where does this leave prostate cancer awareness? It’s left to be overlooked within No-Shave November’s general cancer fund. Up until this past summer, I had been a lifelong feminist. It wasn’t…