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Up Front: The Real Victims, Here

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  • Dinah Dunavan,

    Not sure exactly why I am uncomfortable about a med school men only support group.
    https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/campus/university-of-otago/male-doctors-bond-mental-health-support
    Is it the nagging feeling that the last thing our medical profession needs is another boy's club? Or the implied inference that women lead men to drink so must be kept away?

    Dunedin • Since Jun 2008 • 186 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Dinah Dunavan,

    The reasoning appears to be that young males are less likely to talk, or seek help, about mental health issues, and so a safe space is being created for that purpose.

    But yes, that doesn't mean that stress in medical workplaces is limited to men, nor that women should be expected to be better able to "just deal with it" without a parallel support network.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1802 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    Similarly, when setting up mental health support for victims of sexual harassment, it's probably desirable to create a safe space for women for that purpose; but that doesn't mean there are not also male victims.

    In both cases, there may be some unintended consequences -- siloing, marginalisation of minorities, barriers to wider sharing of relevant experience -- but there are also important reasons for doing it that way.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1802 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Simon Armstrong,

    Surely lack of empathy is worse?

    Let's just say it depends. Circumstance is everything

    now a defining characteristic of both liberal and conservative

    look a bit closer, scepticism is your friend, credulity is not

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1709 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to linger,

    Thank you linger - for your sobriety on that.

    Something I've learned about being born with a cock, is that I'm supposed to use a different public toilet. But it never stopped me from being at times victimised. In-fact victimising and being victimised is widespread among people who have cocks.
    It's no easier for males to report being victims than females.

    Hands up who never noticed...

    Accualy, it little bit more difficult. But that's slowly changing thanks to people like Emma saying stuff like it is.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    What I like about using public address system to deal with the hard stuff, is that when it’s said, there’s fifteen minutes to reconsider, then it's out there in the sun.

    When I look at what I just wrote and see missing whole words and wrong words, my dopamine levels drop. And sometimes I get a bit worried I’m being misunderstood. But tell you what, saying the shit that way is better than not at all.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

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