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Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Inadequacy of Experience

On people romanticising and valorising Experience over all other modes of epistemology:

@liangkaixin: "A male gynaecologist is like an auto mechanic who has never owned a car."

@betherino: but you don't need to own a car to be a good mechanic. You just need to have worked on a lot of other people's cars

Me: In fact distance can help. That's why people go to counsellors for problems and not just friends

@betherino: my mom thinks that female gynaes are less solicitous and more "oh please childbirth is nothing stop whining"

Meanwhile, Comments from Lamebook:

"“A male gynaecologist is like an auto mechanic who has never owned a car but has studied cars for decades and learned from other auto mechanics and made it his life’s work to understand the minutiae of how a car works better than any ordinary car owner ever could.”
Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it."

"Having a fucking vagina doesn’t make you a vagina expert and does not qualify you to examine and diagnose potential problems. I like his car analogy. Mostly because my freaking 6-y-o kid knows more about cars than most car owners."

"IMO, male gynecologists are better than female gynos, and it’s exactly because they DON’T have vaginas. They’re more sympathetic, less judgmental, and more careful."

"Quick note to all you ladies out there, if you’re using a female fanny doctor you are a Lesbian who likes’ to have other ladies fingers in you… I know because I was a fish box doctor myself so don’t argue with me."

"I’ve had both female and male gynos that I’ve liked for various reasons, but I’ll tell you one thing: the female docs are always MUCH gentler sticking that speculum in there. :)"
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