Since the end of July, lots of female doctors have been posting photos of themselves in bikinis on social media in protest a sexist study that has since been retracted.
Would photos of scantily-clad doctors tarnish the image of the profession? Well, that’s what a study published in the American Journal of Vascular Surgery has claimed. After looking at the social media pages of young vascular surgeons, the researchers, mostly men, concluded that a lot of the content on these pages photos of the women in bikinis or with a drink in their hand could be considered ‘unprofessional behaviour’.
Extracts of the study that were posted on Twitter say, ’unprofessional social media content not only reflects poorly on the individual, but also the medical profession as a whole’ and the study has also classed ‘holding/consuming alcohol, wearing ‘inappropriate attire’ (including ‘underwear, provocative Halloween costumes, and provocative posing in bikinis/swimwear’), sharing censored profanity, and/or posts with ‘controversial political, religious or social commentary (including comments about ‘specific stances on abortion and gun control’)’ to be inappropriate and unprofessional behaviour as well. Not long after it was published, the article had sparked a wave of outrage among female doctors.
Doctors put on their bikinis in protest
To protest this study, which lots of people consider overwhelmingly sexist, several doctors decided to post photos of themselves in bikinis on social media. Candice Myrhre, a doctor who practices in Hawaii, even launched the hashtag #MedBikini to encourage her sisters to follow suit.
‘Female doctors, nurses, NPs/PAs, all healthcare professionals - we can wear a bikini, a dress, or we can wear scrubs. This does not change how good we are at being a healthcare provider. We can wear WHATEVER we want on our free time, and still save your life,’ she wrote in the caption of these two photos you can find below and which clearly show that the way you dress does not affect how good you are at what you do.
It didn’t take long for lots of other female doctors to follow her example and dozens have since posted photos of themselves in bikinis in protest of the study. As CNN reported, in light of how huge the study and the movement became, the Journal of Vascular Surgery has since retracted its study.