Though it is quite disturbing to think about, it appears that all sicknesses and diseases are not treated with the same respect or concern. Certain illnesses/diseases, specifically those related to men, are given a higher level of importance than those issues that solely affect women. For example, men’s issues, such as prostate cancer and/or testicular cancer, are given greater priority in terms of research and treatment options. Meanwhile, cancers that affect women, such as breast or ovarian, are relegated to fundraisers and the kindness of strangers.
Think about it, have you ever been asked to solicit sponsors to support prostate cancer research or been asked to race for the cure? No. On the other hand, in order to keep issues related to women alive, public funding is constantly required…and usually under heavy debate.
This has to end. We have to realize that no society can survive with only one gender. Women are of equal importance to men—for the purpose of procreation/the continued survival of the species at the very least—and thus, our(their) problems must be given equal importance as well. There is no hope for society otherwise.
Of interest to me is that the U.S. often exposes other countries that treat women as so-called second class citizens, yet I cannot think of a better example of treating women as second class citizens then the healthcare system right here in the United States of America essentially telling women to fend for themselves when it comes to their bodies’ future. Can anybody hear me?