At the heart of these scandals is a refusal to listen to the people who were suffering. Doctors simply would not believe women with mesh implants were enduring excruciating pain and many other consequences, including contemplating suicide. Much of this revolved around male doctors dismissing the concerns of middle-aged women.
This left the patients feeling belittled, ignored and above all disempowered. Any notion of shared decision-making was destroyed. This same dismissal of the voice of the patient is evident in the repeated failures uncovered to obtain anything approaching informed consent for treatment, with little or no information provided on options or risks. Astonishingly, Lady Cumberlege reports that even now hundreds of women are becoming pregnant and taking sodium valproate while unaware of the risks.
Source: Pelvic mesh scandal is what happens when men with power ignore women | Richard Vize | Society | The Guardian
Every night for more than a week, we have witnessed the anguish and anger of demonstrators, their cries punctured by politicians urging them to vote their power. Both are right. Protest to demand attention to the wrenching pain of systemic injustice. Vote because we deserve leaders who see us, who hear us and who are willing to act on our demands.
Voting will not save us from harm, but silence will surely damn us all.
Rosena Allin-Khan is doing her job. She is doing it particularly well. She has the background and expertise to make her statements even more salient and relevant. And so, she put a man on the defensive. The look of contempt in Matt Hancock’s eyes at that point was evident. His instinct was to attack. She has said she doesn’t expect an apology. Instead, she has received a mass of support, quite rightly, for being treated with such condescension. She said she will continue to be the voice of frontline health workers using the privilege as an MP to raise important issues. Meanwhile, Matt Hancock, and all those other men who find a clever, intelligent, confident, opinionated woman challenging, need to mind their patriarchal tone.
Source: Watch your tone – sister-hood magazine. A Fuuse production by Deeyah Khan.
GUARDIANSHIP There is a certain guardianship forced on us, both men and women, by society. This guardianship takes the form of men of religion and men of politics. This is what takes shape in societies with tribal thinking and with dictatorships. The same authority can be said in an intellectual thinker, whether his ideas are…
Source: In the Shadows of Men: Guardianship – NadiaHarhash
Macarena Santelices has praised the ‘good side’ of the 1973-90 dictatorship in which over 300 women were raped under torture
— Read on www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/08/pinochet-great-niece-chile-womens-minister
Right-wing men should just be banned from civil society – this is beyond belief!
She nurtured political aspirations while raising her 1-year-old daughter. Then she tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The next day she was dead.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2020/04/30/obituaries/valentina-blackhorse-dead-coronavirus.html
Okay, so let’s start with the superficial: My fingernails are getting so long I can hardly type. But they are acrylic and I can’t cut them. Ideas? I’m growing a beard. I’m caught up on “Better Things” (the best!) and “Homeland.” I’ve watched the 4 new episodes of the as- yet un-streamed “Grace & Frankie” and they’re hysterical. My hair needs cutting. Fortunately I’m all gray now so that part’s cool. I’m also super busy with the soon-to-be (this Friday) virtual Fire Drill Friday with Senator Markey. In case you’re interested, and I hope you are, here’s what we should support for the virus relief bailout. Please blast this out to your networks, and amplify on social media using #PeoplesBailout : Five Principles of Just COVID-19 Relief and Stimulus The COVID-19 pandemic demands swift and unprecedented action from the federal government. The depth of the crisis and the scope of the response mean that choices being made right now will shape our society for years, if not decades to come. As policymakers take steps to ensure immediate relief and long-term recovery, it is imperative that they consider the interrelated crises of wealth inequality, racism, and ecological decline, which were
Source: NEW REALITIES FROM SOMEONE VERY BLESSED – Jane Fonda