The “culture of biomedicine” is very prominent in American culture. It describes the big influence that western medicine, also called biomedicine (because it is based off of biological factors) has in our society. It includes the authority we give to doctors and health care professionals, as well as how this authority effects our decisions about our health, and how it would/could be different had we lived in a different culture that does not put a lot of emphasis on biomedicine. Biomedicine has a complex relationship with our culture, and because it is so prominent, the difference between biomedicine and culture in our society can be hard to distinguish.
Throughout my life, I never thought about dichotomy as a problem, or even a potential one. However, when I came to college, I learned much more about what is really going on when we apply gender roles to the sexes, and how much they are actually manifested in our society. Much of my views on the issue came from taking several classes that focused on dichotomy in our culture and the potential problems it causes. The dichotomy of the male/female sexes is perhaps one of the most perpetuated. From the moment a mother finds out which sex her baby is, gender roles of what applies to that certain sex are imposed onto the baby. For example, having everything blue for boys, and pink for girls. When these babies become children, almost always they are either given video games or toy cars/guns etc. if it is a boy, and dolls,makeup, play kitchen things if it is a girl. I believe this dichotomy is accepted because it is based of a very basic difference in our genetical makeup. However, this dichotomy refuses to acknowledge the many people who are born neither completely male nor completely female, or people who are born into a certain sex, yet they identify with a different gender. As stated in the lecture, american society only recognizes two genders so far, male and female. While some other cultures may have more, they are not as prominent or accepted as traditional, “normal” genders.