Cross-Posted: Interview from No Country for Young Women

This story was posted on January 5 2012 by Lisafer.

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  • January 9 2012 at 12:11 PM
    ReneeK writes:

    Lisa, I really like your answer to this question (below).  I was not quite sure how to articulate the gender divide between rank and file and the leadership in the CM community. This answer is diplomatic and honest.  I needed a new way of thinking through what I see as a problem. Thanks for shifting my perspective.

    “Name Describe One Incident When Being a Woman Has Helped Your Career

    I wouldn’t call it an incident, but I think being a woman made it easier for me to rethink some things about how I was practicing acupuncture and make changes. A lot of what acupuncture is most effective for is what Western medicine would call “subclinical” stuff: stress, anxiety, headaches, PMS, back pain that doesn’t show up on a scan. A condition can be “subclinical” or even psychosomatic and still make someone extremely miserable. In my experience, a lot of male acupuncturists are preoccupied with proving that acupuncture is real medicine; they want to be called “doctor”, they want to be recognized, the whole business model is based on wanting to keep pace with the Western medical professionals. And in the acupuncture profession, like a lot of other professions, most of the rank and file is female while most of the leadership is male. So I heard a lot about what was supposed to be important to me as an acupuncturist from men in positions of authority; I heard a lot about the right way to do things if you want to be respected. I think it was easier to reject all that because I was a woman, especially a woman from a working class background. I knew I wanted to treat people who weren’t respected for problems that weren’t respected either. As a woman, I was used to not being respected, so that didn’t stop me.”

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  • January 9 2012 at 9:46 PM
    Lisafer writes:

    Wow, nobody ever calls me diplomatic! Thanks, Renee. smile

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  • January 10 2012 at 10:59 AM
    ReneeK writes:

    LOL

    I suppose not. wink

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