January 11, 2022

EP. 139 — How Modern Medicine Has Failed Women with Elinor Cleghorn

A deeply embedded idea in our culture is the sexist notion that men are the “default” human, and women the unknowable “other”. Nowhere is this more visible than in the history of medicine, with disastrous consequences for women’s’ health. On the show this week to discuss her new book is Elinor Cleghorn, author of Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made World. You can check out her book at factuallypod.com/books


Speaker 1 [00:00:00] Hello and welcome to Factually, I’m Adam Conover. Thank you so much for joining me again on the show. It’s such a pleasure to do this show. It’s the best part of my week every single week, and I thank you for being here as I talked to another amazing expert and have my mind blown. Hopefully your mind will be blown too. We’re going to have a great time together. Let’s talk about this week’s episode. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Western culture (or at least the version of Western culture I’ve grown up with here in the United States of America) is built around the idea that men are the default human. You got man as in mankind, the name we used for the entire species, and then you got a woman; which is like a man with something else added to it, right? Like a man, plus some weird ‘wuh’ kind of thing. The ‘wuh, ‘that’s what makes a woman. The man is the default. A woman is a man

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