Sunday, July 15, 2012

Comments about a female dentist

Happy Monday!

I’ve been catching up with family friends and chatting with guests at the gallery. I’m surprised by how sexist some comments are. For example, a typical response to my dental career goes like this:

“That’s a great profession for a female.”
“You’re going to be a catch to some lucky husband.”

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I agree that I’m entering a great profession. But the focus seems to be on the fact that I will be a “female dentist” not a “dentist who is female”. I’m probably being overly sensitive about a well-meaning comment. But I know my male counterparts are not getting these kinds of responses.

Have you received similar comments because you’re a “female- something”? (or maybe males too) How do you deal with such comments?

18 comments:

  1. I wish I could edit! I've actually received comments about my profession being 'too masculine.'

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    1. That's a good point- there's some jobs that are still considered "male" or "female". I think I hate the implication that I'd marry well b/c of my profession.

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  2. Great post! I loved to read your story about a female dentist. Good to have TOPIC

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    1. Thanks- I'm always on the lookout for female dentist role models... not Jennifer Aniston! :)

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  3. All I ever get is..."Oh you're in dental school? Are you going to be a hygienist?"

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    1. YES! In talking with boys, they said they never get that comment. People assume they're going to be dentists.

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  4. same as here ppl dont like female to be in demanding environment workplace such dentistry & medicine usually they end up working part time to balance family need
    for me as male the comment i always received is that r u going to study 7 years for just 32 teeth although i somehow agree with them

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