Double Standards

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On Terra Sigillata, Abel Pharmboy reports on "sporadic, worldwide shortages of Arimidex," a drug officially approved by the FDA for inhibiting hormonal transitions in breast cancer patients. But up to a thousand times more men use this drug than women, as a non-FDA-approved therapy for testosterone deficiency. Pharmboy wonders if men taking Arimidex has resulted in some women "facing shortages of a drug essential for their survival." On Christina's LIS Rant, Christina Pikas asks if men are at a professional disadvantage in women-dominated fields such as "Nursing, Librarianship, Elementary School Teaching, and Social Work." According to a study, men may run into a "glass escalator" rather than a glass ceiling, as they "were pushed towards administration roles, even when they stated a preference for staying in the classroom or library." And on Respectful Insolence, Orac explains a case in Texas where a registered nurse faces felony charges for reporting a doctor's questionable ethics. "A dedicated nurse does what her professional code of ethics demands that she do," writes Orac, "and the end result is that the good ol' boy network in Texas tries to throw her in jail for years on trumped up charges."

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