Published 06 Jul 2017
For many years women have always been seen to be the weaker sex as compared to men and for that reason they have always been treated as such. In every field of life be it social, educational, leadership, medical and indeed all other fields that appertain to our everyday life a woman has not always been treated well the focus of this discussion is the women in relation to the medical industry. How well or how badly have women been treated in this very crucial sector in our lives?
How does the medical industry both support and limit women’s health? What changes do you think should be made for women to have access to adequate, affordable, culturally-relevant health care? It is an indisputable fact that the medical industry just like all other sectors has undergone a metamorphosis. The medical industry in particular has gone through great changes and has given great support to women which they previously did not.
The major area of women’s health that was previously neglected by the medical industry was one to do with reproductive health. Statistics indicate that about a decade ago many women would die from complications related to reproductive health such as child birth complications, termination of pregnancy and such like other complications (Walklate, 69-70). This majorly was as a result of lack of unawareness and the general presumption that women are not as important beings to be given much attention. However in today’s world the women’s health has been improved considerably. Women have been made aware of how to look after themselves to ensure that they are medically safe. The medical industry has gone to great heights to create awareness on reproductive women and as result many death among women and children have been avoided.
However as much as they are supporting the women the medical industry has also to some extent limited the health of women. This they have done by discouraging the use of culturally relevant methods of medication. This has been seen as a great hindrance as many women would prefer to have medication methods that are in line with their various cultures.
What are the main myths associated with rape? How are they perpetuated? How would your life be different if rape and the threat of rape did not exist?
There are many myths surrounding this particular malpractice. One common myth is in relation to those suffering from HIV/AIDS. It is believed that if a patient suffering from this disease rapes a virgin lady then he will get well (Walklate, 77-80). Perhaps it is because of this myth that there are many cases of rape now more than ever before. Another general misunderstanding is that in any incidence of rape the woman who is the victim is always at fault. In other words she must have been the one who provoked the whole incident into occurring either by dressing in a skimpy manner or otherwise.
It is unfortunate that these myths and many others about rape work against rape victims so that they are not given audience as they should. Rape is very scarily especially for women although the law recognizes the fact that rape can occur to either gender. The fact that a person knows that rapists exist make a person especially a woman live a life that is full of fear. If rape did not exist then life would have been much better to know that we all live in a world where our lives are protected and the women know that they can live confidently without fear.
- Walklate, S. Handbooks of Victims and Victimology, Willan Publishing, London, 2007.