During a recent endocrinology course at a top medical school in the University of California system, a professor stopped mid-lecture to apologize for something he’d said at the beginning of class.
“I don’t want you to think that I am in any way trying to imply anything, and if you can summon some generosity to forgive me, I would really appreciate it,” the physician says in a recording provided by a student in the class (whom I’ll call Lauren).
“Again, I’m very sorry for that. It was certainly not my intention to offend anyone. The worst thing that I can do as a human being is be offensive.”
His offense: using the term “pregnant women.” “I said ‘when a woman is pregnant,’ which implies that only women can get pregnant and I most sincerely apologize to all of you.”
It wasn’t the first time Lauren had heard an instructor apologize for using language that, to most Americans, would seem utterly inoffensive. Words like “male” and “female.”
Why would medical school professors apologize for referring to a patient’s biological sex? Because, Lauren explains, in the context of her medical school “acknowledging biological sex can be considered transphobic.”
When sex is acknowledged by her instructors, it’s sometimes portrayed as a social construct, not a biological reality, she says.
In a lecture on transgender health, an instructor declared: “Biological sex, sexual orientation, and gender are all constructs. These are all constructs that we have created.”
In other words, some of the country’s top medical students are being taught that humans are not, like other mammals, a species comprising two sexes. The notion of sex, they are learning, is just a man-made creation.
The idea that sex is a social construct may be interesting debate fodder in an anthropology class. But in medicine, the material reality of sex really matters, in part because the refusal to acknowledge sex can have devastating effects on patient outcomes.
In 2019, the New England Journal of Medicine reported the case of a 32-year-old transgender man who went to an ER complaining of abdominal pain.
While the patient disclosed he was transgender, his medical records did not. He was simply a man.
The triage nurse determined that the patient, who was obese, was in pain because he’d stopped taking a medication meant to relieve hypertension. This was no emergency, she decided.
She was wrong: The patient was, in fact, pregnant and in labor. By the time hospital staff realized that, it was too late. The baby was dead. And the patient, despite his own shock at being pregnant, was shattered.
To Dana Beyer, a trans activist in Maryland who is also a retired surgeon, such stories illustrate how vital it is that sex, not just gender identity — how someone perceives their gender — is taken into consideration in medicine.
“The practice of medicine is based in scientific reality, which includes sex, but not gender,” Beyer says. “The more honest a patient is with their physician, the better the odds for a positive outcome.”
The above comes from a July 27 story by Common Sense with Bari Weiss.
Just like the fall of the Roman Empire , this is the fall of the United States it ain’t gonna last much longer this country is done, but hey 85 million people voted for Biden this is what they wanted. Just like it’s hard to take COVID-19 seriously when our southern borders are wide open, illegals are being bussed, flown with Delta Airlines, and housed in hotels by the Biden administration, this is called a demographic shift intentionally done by the Democrat party to destroy this country and to guarantee no Republican will ever be elected president again.
I don’t trust the CDC, NIH, FBI, NSA, CIA, Congress and now I have to entrust my healthcare to doctors who don’t know the difference between boys and girls?
This the trash that passes for truth in academia. Education used to be about discovering truth, it has devolved into radical leftist political advocacy.
Do they deny race as well?
Since they deny genetic normalities, do they also deny genetic abnormalities?
“I remember when
I remember, I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place…”
Yes, Fr. John. I’ve found that pleasant place. Because the world has gone mad I now live primarily in my mind for safety. So far, it’s working well.
You must be the good Thaddeus Judas; the one who is called St. Jude. (Laughter.)
The ancients had it right: “Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad”,
So apt and pithy a comment, Ancient Wisdom. Thank you!
I believe in one God.
If you read the beginning of the first chapter, you can see that it is not God that drives people mad.
A man may very well say that whether there is or is not a divine revelation as to the meaning of human life, it is at any rate only of academic interest, desired by none save the dwindling number who like things cut and dried and take comfort in the voice of authority.
For a man who reasons thus we must show that an acceptance of the revelation of God as to the meaning of life has a bearing not only upon holy living, but even upon sane living; that only those who believe in such a revelation can shape their own lives correctly or help their fellow-men. Those who do not accept the revelation, even if they have the best will in the world (which not all men have), can neither direct their own lives aright nor help other men– save accidentally and within a very narrow field. From such men the world has little to hope and an immense amount to fear. And into their hands the world is tending more and more to fall.
The “gods” of the nations were demons as St. Paul said. The god Saturn consumed his own son. Sounds familiar with all this selling of aborted baby parts to use on others.
I do not think that I would let this “Professor” of Endocrinology come anywhere near me.
It is good she is in a classroom and not interacting with real patients
But the Left and Biden keep telling us “believe” the science when it comes to the “China virus”, however science does science tell us there is a difference man and woman? Look the Left now control all of government, academia, sports, medicine, the entertainment industry and now off all places they control the armed forces of the United States of America, yep even the general’s and admirals are now woke and teaching critical race theory, so don’t think the military is going to save us, and by the way so goes the police, most have quit or retired those were the good one’s which now if you look around the police have been taken over by the Left as well, so folks if you want to be protected you and your family have to do it yourself. As I stated above the United States as we knew it is gone, kaput, the 1950’s of Leave it to Beaver. I Love Lucy and the rest which the Left always hated, will never return, as Margaret Mitchell called her great novel it’s Gone With the Wind never to be seen again. We had a great country for 200 years we ended the evil of slavery at the cost 700,000 lives on both sides, defeated Nazism, Communism yet in the end we could not save ourselves.
If “gender” is fluid why not ethnicity? Why not age? Why not medical or other degrees? It seems that some politicians identify as “Aboriginal American” when they have only a tiny percent of that in their ancestry and DNA. The same with being any other ethnic group.
The “person” in this photo could identify as a toe-male, pregnant Native American with a degree in WOKENESS from the University of Imagine on the island of Like Whatever.
Precisely so. All speech is hate speech by this sandy new world order. Whatever it takes to shut people off from using their five senses is required because that “shaming” gets individuals onboard with understanding they have no standing whatsoever.
To shame another, if we follow the non-logic, is to presume a superior position which goes against the new ideology.
That’s why the Church’s attempt to adopt this wokeness and deny objective reality only undermines its authority.
“Who am I to judge?” says one.
While Hosea 4:6 says, “My people have been silent, because they had no knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will reject thee, that thou shalt not do the office of priesthood to me: and thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.”
I have 45 years experience as a Critical Care nurse and I can even understand stories like the fetal demise in a pregnant man… I suppose the hospital got sued for this?
Thank you for your service.
Such a sad story on so many levels.
But, honestly, could we not infer from this gender fluidity issue that ‘pregnant’ is similarly undefined? That ‘blob’ doesn’t exist supposedly until the one carrying said blob identifies it as a human. So this confusion, if taken to its logical conclusion, at least to me, would leave medical professionals incapable of saying “what” the condition of this person-in-pain was. Some other activist may actively decry the human construct of the terms baby, child, fetus, etc.
The diagnosis could well have been undefined source of pain as labeling the ‘source’ is hate speech to some.
This is sad beyond sad. Truthiness in all its dishonesty. I’m so ashamed of our California medical schools and their crazy faculty.
Do we even know if this story is true? It’s seems to be based on hearsay.
This teacher need to go back to school and learn about biology first before trying to teach our future Doctors.
A couple of times, when asked to fill out information, for medical or other reasons– I have had to deal with a few weird questions that the “liberal kooks” of “academentia” always love. Well, in each case, I just said that I do not accept or believe in these “new” and “deviant” ways of collecting information– and refuse to deal with any of it at alI. I only accept the “traditional” way, of giving just a few necessary basic facts, as needed. And that’s all. Once, when needing to buy an ankle brace at Walgreen’s for a sprained ankle, I was examining the package to figure out what size to get. And a store clerk came up and asked if he could help. He said that he himself once had to use an ankle brace. He went on to ask what my shoe size was– and I told him. Next, he said that was actually his own shoe size, too! I said, “oh, sir– that’s not possible.” He replied that on Saturday nights, he dresses up as a lady– a transvestite– for a strip show at a bar– and he wears high heels. Was he trying to shock and hurt all the nice customers? This man looked like a completely “normal” store clerk– a tall, “masculine”-looking, well-groomed, White middle-aged man. Not some weird, dysfunctional “kook” in the Castro district. I very angrily exclaimed, “No way.” And I put the package down on the counter, and walked right out of the store. Next, I went to another Walgreen’s, limping, on the bus. Our society must return to normalcy, to sanity, to traditional, proper ways of doing things.
I just read today, that the AMA (American Medical Association) is advocating for the removal of the biological sex of a baby, for legal purposes, from the public portion of all birth certificates, and should only be available for medical and statistical purposes. I think this country has gone way off the deep end in bizarre, liberal-leftist craziness. Most parents are normal people, and would resent and reject such craziness. We desperately need a return to stability, normalcy– and sanity– in this poor, liberal-destroyed country.