Bias in the medical system against women
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.
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.