What are the options?
I think when letters for appontments etc go out, ask about how a person wants to be called right at the start. This isn't just about pronouns, but other social identifiers- eg some folk from other generations/cultures/beliefs might want to be called by a formal name, not their first name etc.I know there is usually a question on forms etc but maybe it needs to be more visible.
Secondly, as this is about services for women , I do think there needs to be a way to manage the needs of natural women as opposed to trans/non binary/ other genders where there is a conflict.
I know this is going to be inflammatory to some, and if I am hospital isedfor a "womens' health" matter I don't actually want to be recovering with someone who looks like a man or who still has male genitals. There are vulnerabilities that women can experience being around "male looking" others tha are detrimental to recovery and just as valid as anyone elses concerns. That goes for mixed ward spaces in other specialities too; I know it is very hard to manage with the pressure on beds and single sex spaces are better in my view.
I actually feel sorry for the decision makers trying to navigate the competing needs of a diverse society where, increasingly, debate is shutdown because people perceive a differing narrative as being anti-. We are all free to state our own needs and views, and just because it doesn't align with a different view doesn't mean it is not valid. In the highly personal and sensitive area of health, we must be free to say what we feel would help/hinder us in treatment and recovery.
We need to be providing services for women in environments that are conducive to recovery and that includes a peaceful place, where sleep is possible and food is nutritious and palatable. Where women feel safe and able to rest. Does this mean all single rooms?
Why the contribution is important
Because there needs to be support for the majority as well as the minority.
by AngryofEketahuna on March 16, 2023 at 06:10PM