It takes but a second to replace women’s health with sexual or reproductive health. It’s really that easy… and then you aren’t erasing our trans sisters.
Yes, yes, yes.
-contd- Should I just focus on being inclusive when I can in the thread discussions and any other assignments where possible? I feel anxious about discussions and I just don’t want to be someone who gets so into correcting other people or having to explain that trans* women need to be included in women’s health. Or other things like the fact that childbirth is not inherently a women’s issue. Does that make sense?
Yes, it makes sense. My first piece of advice is to talk this over with your professor. Perhaps send them an email outlining your issue with the course and asking them if it will be addressed at any point over the semester or not. If not, maybe suggest doing a discussion around the topic- maybe you can even moderate it. I think your issues with the course are really important, and that being critical of classes, health care, etc of this sort is not only important but also a vehicle for change.
It also is helpful to come at assignments from your own academic background. For example, although I did not study women and gender studies in college I was able to incorporate my own background in it into my courses my orienting my assignments and discussions around the topic. You may be able to do something similar here.
I’d love to know how it progresses as you get further into the class. If you feel like dropping an update sometime, I’d appreciate it!
Things I did not know, but should.
They put up some awesome billboards in austin a few months ago showing the signs of a heart attack that women will feel. And I know they were effective because I was in the car when mando saw the billboard and said “Man I had no idea women had different symptoms for heart attacks!”
Way to go city of mine :)
Even better? A woman having all the “classic” (read: male) symptoms of heart attack is more than twice as likely to be sent home from the ER than to be checked out, EKGed, and examined.
Because we’re just hormone-addled hysterics. :-(
i do not endorse feministing but factual quote.
Did NOT know this.