Female doctors share bikini photos after male-led study calls it ‘unprofessional’
Medical professionals took to the internet to share bikini pictures last week after a medical journal published a study about “unprofessional” social media posts from young surgeons.
Titled "Prevalence of unprofessional social media content among young vascular surgeons,” and published in theJournal of Vascular Surgery, the article targeted photos that featured "provocative posing in bikinis/swimwear" and "holding/consuming alcohol”.
Naturally, many young medical professionals took the story as a barely veiled sexist attack on what constitutes “professionalism”.
In response, the hashtag #Medbikini began trending on Friday, with hundreds of furious doctors of all genders attaching pictures of themselves in swimwear, alongside captions explaining exactly why their two-pieces didn’t have any impact on their capability.
There were side-by-side comparisons.
Surgeons can wear bikinis. ❤️🇲🇽
— Dr. Daisy Sanchez (@Dr. Daisy Sanchez)
Many used the hashtag to also highlight other instances of sexism they experienced.
Couple of "unprofessional" obstetrician gynecologists right here - but only one of us has been called "sweetie, kid… https://t.co/Kf5p3hz31A
Turns out the rage of many medical professionals is effective; the journal has now retracted the study and apologised for its publication, admitting the study design didn’t properly address “unconscious bias”.
Editor’s Statement Regarding “Prevalence of unprofessional society media content among young vascular surgeons” https://t.co/JAoFgcRtPx
— J Vascular Surgery (@J Vascular Surgery)
One of the individual study authors has also apologised, claiming their intent was to “empower” surgeons.
A good way to check for unconscious sexism in future: ask yourself, ‘is this unprofessional or is it something that mostly young women enjoy doing in their free time?’