men's healthcare

Men making decisions for women

I keep seeing images and posts about a group of men making decisions about female healthcare.

Like an image of a large table surrounded by men with some caption to highlight the fact there are no women.

If your only point is they are men making decisions, doesn’t that make you a sexist? If you think they can’t perform their job just because they are male, doesn’t that put you in the same boat as men who think women should stick to women’s work like being a nurse or house wife and leave being doctors and lawyers to the men?

Sure there are many many valid reasons to have women weigh in on these healthcare decisions, but if your only point is they are all men, that seems kind of sexist.

Where are the comments or examples of these men doing things wrong? Instead of just pointing at their gender?

Planned Parenthood Is Helping Trans Patients Access Hormone Therapy

Planned Parenthood operates on an informed consent basis for HRT treatment. This means that patients whose bloodwork indicates they are good candidates for HRT will be prescribed testosterone or estrogen and androgen blockers, so long as they understand the likely effects and accept the possible side effects that go along with it, after those side effects have been explained to them.

According to Planned Parenthood’s vice president of communications, at least 26 Planned Parenthood locations are currently offering HRT to trans patients* and that the number of affiliates offering these services is growing.

(read more) (content warning: mentions of transphobia and misgendering)

*As of January 29, 2016

Concept: men without the systematic power to harm women

  • men unable to harm a woman in public
  • men unable to catcall, insult or harrass women who pass close to them
  • men unable to rape women
  • men unable to threaten, insult, hit or rape their girlfriend or wife
  • men unable to intimidate, frighten, blackmail or violate women
  • men unable to kill women
  • men unable to shame women’s bodies
  • men unable to control women’s bodies
  • men not controlling the world’s economy
  • men not having any more economic or social power than women and thus unable to ever purchase sex or women’s company in any way because now they too have to focus on food and shelter if they want to survive
  • men unable to produce porn
  • men not controlling the world’s politics
  • men not controlling the world’s healthcare
  • men unable to ever make choices for women
  • men unable to order their girlfriend/wife and children around
  • men unable to avoid doing just as much work as women do
  • men unable to hold demands or expectations of women that they have no right to
  • men unable to pass judgment on women for her age, looks, sexual orientation or goals
  • men unable to pretend women’s issues aren’t real
  • men unable to convince women their boundaries are “silly” and “illogical”
  • men unable to invalidate women’s feelings, instincts or opinions
  • men unable to erase women from history
  • men unable to destroy female-centered religion
  • men unable to pass their last name down to the children woman gave birth to
  • men respecting women’s right to give her last name to her children
  • men respecting women as creators of the population
  • men respecting women’s labour and valuing it as much as their own
  • men respecting labour only women are capable of doing which is invaluable
  • men respecting women’s intelligence and never bringing it in question or minimizing it
  • men not being able to isolate women and unable to stop them forming their own communities
  • men not being able to stop women from enjoying themselves and feeling good about their bodies and opinions
  • men not being able to stop women from having safe and fulfilling lives
  • men gaining their confidence from other things than oppression of women
Be clear with your cause. You don’t march for life. You march for the birth of a fetus. Think about this: at what age does this life stop mattering to you? When it’s in the womb, you cry for it, you fight for it, you empathize with it, you march for it. When it becomes 1 month old, you hope the mother supports it, feeds it, and nurtures it. But you don’t support the mother in this endeavor. You think she should “work hard,” “pull herself up by the bootstraps,” and get by on her $7.25/hr minimum wage job. You vote for those who block legislation to protect its mother from violence, from making the same wage as men, from getting basic healthcare, from getting food stamps and support to care for it. You feel bad for it, but you don’t march for it.

I stand with Planned Parenthood because they promote a positive body image.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because they offer extensive and affordable sexual and reproductive health services.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because they work hard to make their health services accessible and affordable for all people.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because they focus on men’s healthcare.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because they focus on women’s healthcare.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because they work to support people who are in abusive relationships, and who have survived sexual assault.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because they provide many affordable options for contraceptives and birth control.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because they provide affordable healthcare during pregnancy.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because they promote healthy relationships.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because they educate using a sex positive outlook, and focus on safe and healthy sex and relationships.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because they provide affordable healthcare to all people regardless of gender or sexuality.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because they treat STDs without stigmatization.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because they support a women’s right to choose, and have control of her own body.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because they provide safe, affordable abortions.