Bias in the medical system against women

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Maya Dusenbery is a journalist, editor, and the author of the book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick.

In 2013, she became editorial director of the site Feministing, where she has written about a range of feminist topics—including abortion stigma, rape culture, masculinity, sex, economic justice, and occasionally her favorite TV shows—since 2009. She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and an online columnist at Pacific Standard

Episode highlights

  • Maya discusses her findings of a lack of knowledge about women’s health and a lack of trust in their reports of their symptoms where women’s reports are too often disbelieved ― a problem rooted in the history of hysteria – and often passed off as 'all in your head'.

  • We discuss the importance of patients advocating for their own health and sharing their stories. We also discuss the need for practitioners/therapists to listen to the patient.

Relevant links

Maya's shorter article summarises the book here

Maya's book can be found on Amazon.

Maya’s website

Twitter: @mayadusenbery

Maya is on twitter as @mayadusenbury

Feministing website