When I think about the “culture of biomedicine” or Western medicine I think about it as a way of life in the health system. Everyone has different ways of diagnosing, beliefs, languages, different fields of medicine, etc. I think all doctors learn the same information but deliver it differently (in their own way) depending on each patient. I think this is an important concept because now I understand that if a person is ill it is because of a disease and in order for them not to be ill the disease has to be treated/cured not just the illness. I believe that disease and illness is equivalent to cause and effect. Biomedicine has had a huge impact on the west since it is a great way to treat illness.
The dichotomy I chose is male and female. I chose these two because there is always a debate between me and male peers about which is better. Of course I think females are better than males because I am one but I have other reasons too. In society males are looked upon as the more dominant species and females are looked upon as naturally submissive. Females and males are different in many ways like reproductive organs, looks, clothing, speech, strength, etc. Females are stronger emotionally while males are stronger physically. Males can be looked down upon by society if they indulged in the things females do like wear dresses/skirts, heels, make-up, etc. I believe females are better because we can endure pain better than males can. If a male had to give birth or bleed 5-7 days every month they would kill over but this is something that comes natural to us. I also believe that there are double standards when looking at these two because if a female has too many sexual partners she’s looked at as a whore but if a male has too many sexual partners he’s looked at as normal or “the man”. Back in the day females would stay at home cooking, cleaning, and taking care of children while males were the ones to work and provide, “breadwinners”. In the world we live in today females and males take on both roles.