Eliminating racism and transphobia from our world requires examining have a better understanding of how the gender binary functions systemically to maintain white, wealthy, cisgender men and women at the top of a hierarchy of people.
Race Forward’s innovative #RaceAnd Webinar series brings you #RaceAnd The Gender Binary, a webinar introduction to the past and present connections between race, colonialism, and the gender binary. Eliminating transphobia from our world requires examining not only bigotry, but also the political and material interests of wealthy and powerful people. By the end of this webinar, participants will have a better understanding of how the gender binary functions systemically to maintain white, wealthy, cisgender men and women at the top of a hierarchy of people
While many of the inequalities in medicine can be attributed to economic factors like access to good health care, studies have shown minority patients tend to receive a lower quality of care than non-minorities, even when they have the same types of health insurance and the same ability to pay for care.
So how do we better understand this divide? History is usually a good place to start. In this installment of Vox and ProPublica’s collaboration, we lay out some of the dark history of race and women’s medicine. We go back to the painful experimentation on slaves for medical science — particularly by one doctor named J. Marion Sims. Sims was known as the “father of modern gynecology,” and his statue stands in Central Park, across from the New York Academy of Medicine. The vestiges of abuse continue to haunt the medical system, and give context to current racial disparities.