Friday, December 3, 2010


The Wall Street Journal can suck it. They published an article a couple days ago called "Women Doctors Flock to Surprising Specialty"

Their "brilliant" conclusion isn't that women are increasing in many medical fields, and comprise the majority of veterinary graduates because there are more opportunities open to women of my generation than any other before us, or that they might enjoy the science behind medicine, or they feel they want to make a difference in the world. Nope, according the the Wall Street Journal, we're coming to fields like veterinary medicine in droves because we want flexible high paying jobs to help us crank out babies.

Yep. They think that the reason somebody would spend 8 years in school, get in around $200k debt from student loans, and go to the lengths of becoming a professional, just because it makes being a breeder and balancing a job easier. I don't know about you, but I would imagine that being a stay-at-home mom, or working part-time in an office would be a hell of a lot easier than spending 8 years, a crapload of money, and blood sweat and tears, to try to balance kids and a professional career.

Not only is they way they stereotype veterinarians and physicians offensive, but the way they pigeonhole all women into the "must-have-kids" category makes my jaw drop. I would imagine that a much larger percentage of my class (or any population with a post-grad education) has a higher rate of child-free individuals than the general population. It's pretty much a given that the more education women have, the fewer babies they produce. But yet, even though many of us who are working our way towards the veterinary career won't have kids, and those that do are much more likely to stick to one or two, apparently women only think with their uterus.

And then, just because the premise of their article wasn't stereotyping enough, or a big enough middle finger to feminism, they had to make it worse with their headline. Not "more females flock to high paying careers..." or "more doctors chose specialties to accomidate work-life balance." Nope. They had to use the phrase "women doctors." Its condescending. You hear it from clients. "Oh, I'm seeing Dr. X? Is that the 'woman doctor?'" You don't see articles written about how more "men doctors" do one thing or another. Its a phrase that doesn't belong in our lexicon, much less in the headlines of national news sources.

Anyway, probably won't post much (or at all) for the next couple weeks. Today was our last day of class, and I've got finals for the next week and a half.

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