Katie Herzog’s piece from last month that warned about the dangers of allowing woke ideology to encroach on the world of medicine drew a lot of attention. One phrase, in particular, caught our eye. “Wokeness feels like an existential threat,” one of the doctors opined to Herzog. Now, there is a follow-up piece, where she takes the time to speak with a medical student about this growing issue.
Of course, this student is forced to conceal her identity because she is worried about potential repercussions. Speaking out about these sorts of things is usually enough to land anyone in hot water. As it turns out, things have devolved to the point where the usage of the phrase “pregnant women” is no longer acceptable. This excerpt is a laugh riot:
“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.”
Lauren claims that these professors are simply terrified to offend their students, a claim that definitely tracks when you stop to think about all of the controversies that we have been forced to pretend to take seriously. Any language that implies that there is a biological difference between the sexes is strictly forbidden now. The piece (which was shared on Bari Weiss’ Substack) goes into further detail:
“And for good reason. Her medical school hosts an online forum in which students correct their instructors for using terms like “male” and “female” or “breastfeed” instead of “chestfeed.” Students can lodge their complaints in real-time during lectures. After one class, Lauren says, she heard that a professor was so upset by students calling her out for using “male” and “female” that she started crying.
Then there are the petitions. At the beginning of the year, students circulated a number of petitions designed to, as Lauren puts it, “name and shame” instructors for “wrongspeak.”
Any world that is allowing professors to be professionally ‘canceled’ in real-time is not one that anyone should want to live in. “At first, compliance is demanded from outside, and eventually the instructors become trained to police their own language proactively,” Lauren says. This may not seem like a big deal to some but there are some major biological differences between men and women when it comes to a medical diagnosis.
According to Lauren, these differences are no longer being discussed at her medical school. “Take abdominal aortic aneurysms,” Lauren says. “These are four times as likely to occur in males than females, but this very significant difference wasn’t emphasized. I had to look it up, and I don’t have the time to look up the sex predominance for the hundreds of diseases I’m expected to know. I’m not even sure what I’m not being taught, and unless my classmates are as skeptical as I am, they probably aren’t aware either,” she shared.
This is a story that is bigger than just one medical school and it is not going anywhere anytime soon. Any researcher who is believed to be reaching conclusions that are considered out of bounds is going to be punished. These “debates” are as one-sided as it gets and the punishments for speaking up are only going to get worse.