Australia: Feminist Academic Wants to Change Body Part Names Because They’re Sexist

If no woman had ever been allowed to set foot in a university, would anything of value had been lost?


Human body parts named after “men, kings and gods” have been deemed irrelevant and misogynistic by some Australian doctors who no longer seek to salute the ideas of dead, male anatomists.

A specialist obstetrician in the state of Queensland, gynaecologist and anatomy lecturer, Dr Kristin Small, is urging her students to drop gender bias and what she calls irrelevant and misogynistic medical language.

She believes the terms invoke the jaded beliefs of older generations and wants more practical and descriptive terms for body parts.

“I think we have a personal choice to decolonise our language and these historical terms will fade out,” Dr Small told the Brisbane Courier Mail.

All of you will be shocked to find out that she’s old and ugly.

The uglier a woman is, the more likely she is to be a feminist – it’s a basic law of nature.

Dr Small makes sure her students still know the accepted, older terms for exam purposes but maintains there are always alternatives for the “dead man’s name.”

Council member for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Dr Nisha Khot, is another teaching trainee doctors to look at alternative terminology.

The newspaper reports she also wants to defeat a patriarchal history of medical definition which reinforces the fact women are not represented in most of the 700 parts of the body named after people.

Women are not represented because the vast majority of these body parts were classified by men, just like the vast majority of all science was created by men.

They’re allowed to name stuff they discover after themselves, or give it whatever other name they want to, as a sign of respect for their work.

You think it was easy for Achilles to figure out he has a tendon?

Not only are most women not capable of any level of gratitude, they can’t even grasp the basic concept of it.

“The young trainee doctors are mostly keen to learn the more relevant language and are often shocked when they hear the origins of some medical terms,” she said.

The word “hysterectomy” originated from a time when women were treated for female hysteria by removing the uterus.

Dr Small lamented much of the female reproductive system is named “after dead dudes” and inhibits her desire to subvert the patriachy in a modern, practical way.

A good thing we have feminists like you around as a permanent reminder of why the patriarchy existed in the first place.