Miriam Grossman, M.D.

Yes, yes, I know: Betty Friedan, founding mother of feminism, is convulsing in her grave. I hear her cry: here goes forty years of progress down the drain!

The problem is biology itself is sexist. And that’s unlikely to change—even with threats of legal action from the ACLU or NOW.

This is not by any means the first instance of political correctness corrupting women’s health. In 2001 the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, responding to widespread misconceptions about delaying motherhood, sponsored a media campaign. Ads and billboards featured a baby bottle in the shape of an hour glass, reminding women that fertility begins to decline at 30.

“Our doctors were getting sick of hearing patients say, ‘No one told me,’ so we tried to educate women,” a spokesman said. But for doing so, they drew the ire of NOW, who argued that the campaign sent a negative message to women who might want to delay or skip childbearing. Mall and theater managers refused to make space available, and the campaign died.

Is this sort of intimidation happening again? Could some group of health professionals—oncologists or breast surgeons, perhaps, who see the devastation of this disease daily - have tried to publicize the protection of early childbearing on breast cancer, only to be silenced by ideologues claiming to represent all women?

As we munch on those carrots and sip that pomegranate juice, it’s something for us to consider.


Miriam Grossman, M.D.

Miriam Grossman, M.D. is a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. She is author of the new book "You're Teaching My Child What?"
 


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