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This topic was very interesting and eye opening. One of the key points was the difference between gender and sex.  “Open up any biomedical or public health journal prior to the 1970s, and one term will be glaringly absent: gender.” (Krieger, 652) Sex and gender were used interchangeably based only on observations of stereotypes. If a person had short hair they were perceived as a boy. As children we learn those stereotypes and follow through with them into adulthood, but currently all this needs to change. Sex is what identifies you biologically: sets of chromosomes, genitals and hormones. Gender is how you characterize yourself as a person based on feeling and behaviors despite what genitalia you have. People might characterize themselves as a girl despite their short hair and baggy pants. Respect and understanding is crucial when it comes to this issue. Another issue is all the flaws in psychological studies of gender. When there is scientific experiment we need to account for all the variables and see how they affect the outcome. This seems to be common sense, but it flabbergasted me when I heard that testing is mainly done on men, or an isolated group of people. It shouldn’t matter whether you are doing a harmless experiment on behavior or something more serious like drug effect of people, your group of participants needs to have variety to see the full effect on all types of people/animals. Based on the Huffington post article by Eric Schumaker more then 50% of the participants on pharmacological studies are males and about 10% are females. This is not right, this puts females in danger dues to unknown side effects that those drugs can give us. And to use justifications like “Female mice have smellier urine” (Schumaker) is outrageous. One example is aspirin study. We were told that by taking a baby aspirin once a day can decrease cardiovascular problems. The study was tested mainly on men and that was true, but little did they know that it had completely different and damaging side effects on female body. Bottom line, when doing experiments, even as harmless as effects of whole grain consumption on health, don’t favor only one type of people to get accurate results. (Belluz and Hoffman) Lastly, what is biopsychosocial model? Biopsychosocial model is a way of examining health. This model considers all the biological, phycological and social factors that might affect the outcome of the experiment. One example of this is does tanning increase the risk of cancer or is it just genetics or the place that you live.Do you think researchers know what they are doing is wrong by showing favoritism to one group and not the other? Is it a financial issue? Or female research participants are that rare?


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