Daily Dose in #doctorswhocreate
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The new blossom is born old.
Each atom has met the inside of a distant furnace
Vibrating with the fear of disintegration.
There were me and two students,
bending low over the man’s leg, its bullae.
He used to be a ballplayer.
I asked how it felt, and only outside
did I remember his story:
the blood is not flowing and there is such
pain. They will take it off
I asked, “How does it feel”
Zackary Berger, M.D. is a primary care physician, clinical epidemiologist, and bioethicist. In parallel, he is a poet and translator of English, Yiddish, Spanish, and Hebrew. Fitting the two halves together is an ongoing struggle, preoccupation, and vital failure. 🖼 photocred: Aggregation 09-D071 Blue, 2009. @kwangyoungchun
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As I travel through the corporate world I have realized many things. One of them is how corporate is very! Binary and gender based. As a non-binary person I find this world a little complex to navigate. I am starting to really think about law school's dress code and what I will do about it. In the corporate world; "males" wear suits and ties. They must wear long pants, a nice shirt, tie and a jacket. This is the code. This is professionalism. "Women" must wear long pants, skirts by their knees, a dressy shirt and jacket. "Women" seem to be able to have more flexibility as they can switch between a dress and a pair of pants.
In the corporate world dressy shorts looks "bad", let alone a person who presents male and wears a dress or a nonbinary person who wear shorts with a professional jacket. And half a dress with half a suit is a big no!. This is seen as "crazy", "too much", "weird". As a non-binary person I am currently being forced to look at the dress codes for corporate settings and after speaking with other fellows I realized that this is a topic that we MUST speak about openly. There are people in the corporate world who identify as transgender and are scared to death, literally, to wear a dress, even more so if they present "male". There are "women" who are scared to dress "masculine" because they may be misgendered. I used quotation marks because these terms can mean various things for different people.
I am realizing that I don't want to work in a space that
1. Doesn't ask for gender pronouns and makes it a priority for ALL workers.
2. Doesn't allow people to wear what they seem fit as dressy and corporate, that matches their identity.
I am fortunate that I work in a very! Safe space. In a space where we can be 100% genuine to ourselves but it makes me think of all the other corporate spaces where this is not possible. I am so glad that my work space allows me to be 100% myself as a non-binary person but what does this mean when I go to law school?, when I go to court and present cases?, when I attend networking parties?, when I meet with governors, legislators, senators, etc?. Have you had similar experiences?. If so, what have you done?.