Are you a woman? Are you a surgeon? Are you in Australia (or maybe any of many other places)? Then you should be aware of the culture in your profession.
Dr Gabrielle McMullin, a Sydney vascular surgeon, says sexism is so rife among surgeons in Australia that young woman in the field should probably just accept unwanted sexual advances.
She referred to the case of Caroline, who won a case against a surgeon accused of sexually assaulting her while she was completing surgical training at a Melbourne hospital. But the woman was unable to get work at any public hospital in Australasia after the legal victory, Dr McMullin told ABC radio at a book launch at Parliament House in Sydney on Friday night.
"Her career was ruined by this one guy asking for sex on this night. And, realistically, she would have been much better to have given him a blow job on that night," Dr McMullin said.
"What I tell my trainees is that, if you are approached for sex, probably the safest thing to do in terms of your career is to comply with the request; the worst thing you can possibly do is to complain to the supervising body because then, as in Caroline’s position, you can be sure that you will never be appointed to a major public hospital."
Sounds like exactly what the sexist men in the business like to hear: free blow jobs! No complaints!
But, Dr McMullin, you probably agree that this situation is deplorable and ghastly. So how do you propose changing it if you are asking all the women to comply quietly?
And shouldn’t we be talking about all those hospitals that refuse to give Caroline a job because she did what was right?