Friday, September 23, 2011

Should women be doctors?

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I read an interesting article recently written by a doctor in the US which asks this question. While it is quite clear in my mind that the roles we assign people based on gender are generally relics of a bygone era when humans were still experimenting with fire and tools, she does raise some pertinent questions. Some of them are issues Amy and I have discussed already and are still wondering about. Where does one draw the line between work and family. And not just for women. Men too have important roles to play at home. Being a doctor hardly reduces the responsibility. I hope it at least improves the family's resilience! What do you think?

Here is an article which responds to this question from a slightly different light and talks about the book where Dr. Karen Sibert, the doctor in question, has written a chapter.

1 comment:

  1. I read this yesterday when a friend shared it on facebook, and I was aghast at Karen Sibert's thought process. Her implications seems to be that doctors are not human beings at all.

    I agree with you that the issue is pertinent to male doctors as well. Perhaps Dr. Sibert has used the provocative title 'Should women be doctors?' to attract a wider audience by creating a shock value. Yet the fact remains that men long to spend time with their families as much as women do, and just because one is a doctor does not and should not mean that their family is 'less important'.

    I would take this a step further, and say that the issue applies not only to married doctors, but to single ones as well. Whether one has spouse and children to go back to, or a bachelor pad, rest and recuperation are vital to the well-being of all. While the rights of married people (especially those with children) do get highlighted often, I think it's time someone spoke for the single people too.