Male/Female

The term biomedicine is used to explain health in terms of biology. It is important because it focuses on the learning of body structures or anatomy, and of body systems or physiology in order to treat diseases and stay healthy. The three main ways that we have studied biomedicine are as follows: institutional history, language, and ritual. The institutional history is how biomedicine came into power and how biological models change over time. Language refers to how social values are reconceptualized as scientific. Finally, the rituals have to do with investigating the normal daily lives of patients and medical professionals to look at the rituals of biomedicine.

My own personal view of dichotomy is the difference or division between two groups or something of contradictory qualities. It is not just the difference between groups of people, but it can be categorical such as life and death. I don’t know where dichotomy came from, but probably because of the contrast between the whole that needed to be divided into two separate parts.

The dichotomy I chose to analyze is male/female. An assumption in biomedicine is that there is a natural division between males and females, regardless of the culture. Culture definitely plays a role because some cultures have three different gender groups and some don’t recognize gender at all. Within the dichotomy of male/female, there are two differences between males and female, which are sex and gender. These two are the reason that the male/female dichotomy is accepted as natural or true in Western society. Sex is something that is biologically fixed and is something that we cannot change, we are born with it. On the other hand, gender is the role we play in society. For example, if you are a female, you generally have longer hair, wear different clothing, act differently, and are more passive than males. These are just some common sense examples that Western society accepts as the dichotomy between males and females.

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  1. Maureen John says:

    The dichotomy between males and females is a very important one for clinicians to understand. There are more than just our body parts that distinguish us as a male or female. We can look further into this and see that there can be a difference between someones sex and gender role. There are transgender and people with intersexual conditions that don’t quite fit into our categorization of just male or female. People who are transgender feel that they are born into the wrong sex and play the opposite gender role. A person with intersexual conditions may be born with both a male and female reproductive organs and often do not know how to identify themselves. It is important for clinicians to understand these implications because often times an intersexual patient might want to undergo surgery to become a male or a female. In these situations clinicians must have an understanding beyond that of biological means to help the patient transition into his or her new gender. In our Western society we put a lot of emphasis on sex, gender roles, and sexual orientations. It is important to understand the implications of sex and gender roles to have a better relationship with patients.

  2. Ava Peera says:

    I believe that this dichotomy is important for clinicians to understand. You bring up some great points about this dichotomy. I think it is very important that you brought up the difference between sex and gender because these two things are more definitely not the same and it is important that they are distinguished separately. Although a person may be born a certain sex but may take the role of a certain gender throughout their life time. As you have also mentioned, there may be a third gender that someone may relate with. In our world today, the way people identify themselves is constantly changing and more people are identifying themselves other than just male or female. It is important clinicians can take this into consideration when working with a patient. If you are treating a patient as a male when they want to be considered female, it is disrespectful to the patient and may cause some distrust between the doctor and patient. It is also important to take into consideration whether a patient is male or female when diagnosing and treating a person who is sick. Some illnesses are more likely to effect a male or female and some medicines can cause complications depending on what sex you are.

  3. Ava Peera says:

    I believe that this dichotomy is important for clinicians to understand. You bring up some great points about this dichotomy. I think it is very important that you brought up the difference between sex and gender because these two things are more definitely not the same and it is important that they are distinguished separately. Although a person may be born a certain sex but may take the role of a certain gender throughout their life time. As you have also mentioned, there may be a third gender that someone may relate with. In our world today, the way people identify themselves is constantly changing and more people are identifying themselves other than just male or female. It is important clinicians can take this into consideration when working with a patient. If you are treating a patient as a male when they want to be considered female, it is disrespectful to the patient and may cause some distrust between the doctor and patient. It is also important to take into consideration whether a patient is male or female when diagnosing and treating a person who is sick. Some illnesses are more likely to effect a male or female and some medicines can cause complications depending on what sex you are.

  4. Moriah Hill says:

    The distinction between male and female is very clear and is very important in all aspects of society, especially when providing care. Men and women and different biologically because of their genitals, men have penises while women have vaginas. Women carry eggs while men carry sperm, women carry a fetus while men can not. As I stated, the distinction is very clear. Men can do things women shouldn’t and vice versa, especially when it comes to a social perspective.
    When it comes to healthcare a person can be treated for a certain illness differently determined by their sex, certain surgical procedures are performed differently due to the sex of a patient and etc. Not only when it comes to care but when it comes to respecting a person for who they are, women are more gentle and should be approached as such whole men are most of the time more firm so they should be approached in that manner as well. The dichotomy of male and female play a major role in life in general because there are so many gender roles nowadays. Women shouldn’t be able to work a certain job while men can because society feels like women may not be cut out for it. That may not always be the case but men and women are treated distinguishably different for the sole fact that men are manly and masculine and women are feminine and soft. Some women and men choose to live out of the social norms which is totally fine but that doesn’t change the gender roles that society has implicated into life.

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