"Science is whatever we want it to be."
@S. Elizabeth I think those are all great questions, and I think you can probably access that research at the library. That comment wasn't directed at you specifically, it was addressing the original post in the thread - the suspicion that the recommendations for women were sort of fudged based on the findings for men.
@S. Elizabeth Yeah, she didn't exactly word things well. I think what she probably was trying to say is that there are statistically significant differences between males and females in the way they process alcohol and she ended up wording it in a way that was offensive. However, I think the idea that they really didn't study women - that they just studied men and subtracted one - is a little bit much unless there's actually evidence for it. And that's why scientists write papers - so you can look at their methods and decide for yourself.
@Non-anonymous Actually, social constructs such as gender and race are very real. They are not equal to biological determinism, but they have real consequences. They shape how a person interacts with their environment and other people. Disagree with how they are defined and who defines them, fine, but they are very real.
@Blushingflwr I'm a sociologist by training, so believe me, I get it. For example, trying to explain to the copy editor of a medical journal that when I say gender, I mean gender, and don't you dare change it to "sex."
There are different types of research - there's the research that can really dig deep and tell a story. Then there's research that is based on averages and statistics and based on the (biologically/socially) imposed gender binary, we see a lot of significant differences between the two categories in a lot of different areas and they are reported as such.
@PistolPackinMama Yeah, that's kind of the way it is, unfortunately. I hope that you are able to find a doctor that recognizes all this and how it relates to medical research and why research may not tell us a lot about a woman with your condition (e.g., funding and all that jazz). Remember that MDs are clinicians, mostly, and don't necessarily end up getting into a lot of research.
My larger point was that you're not going to find all the information you need about your own body on the CDC website. You have to have a doc or dietician or whoever who's looking at your whole person.
Uh, you guys. Public health information is based on the entire population as a whole. They are only going to categorize the data in so many ways - usually categories that are large and recognizable to the average person and apply to large chunks of the population. So yes, gender will be split into male/female...and that's it. Categories of overweight & obese based on BMI will not apply to everyone (e.g., lean/muscular men are often categorized as overweight). You are all very smart and can kind of figure out if you're taking in healthy levels of alcohol based on your own body given the public health guidelines.
Is there a gender bias in science/medicine? Yes! On many many levels. I think what you're witnessing here is more practical consideration than patriarchal conspiracy to deny us an extra glass of wine.
Full disclosure: I am a scientist who works in the population health field.
@ohmy LaCroix 4 EVER!! I'm drinking some right now!
@celeec4@twitter I grew up in Dallas. My parents/sibs still live there. Great food. Great shopping. But I would never voluntarily move back there. Especially now that I've lived in Chicago where there's so much going on all the time. Dallas just seems dead to me. There are little indy hipster foodie enclaves that are popping up, but they are few and far between.
Houston would be a cool place to live if not for the terrible weather.
San Antonio's demographics are not great for a 20-something.
Austin is my jam. I miss it so.
I am kinda trying not to be a jerk too, or at least be more mindful of my jerky tendencies. Sometimes I am able to step outside of myself and hear what I sounds like and I am reminded of Reverend Lovejoy's wife on The Simpsons.
All that said, I will tell you that I read the tell-all book written by John Edwards personal assistant. If even half of it is true, the whole situation with Edwards, his wife, and Rielle Hunter is effing bonkers. Mindblowing stuff. I can't believe that guy was so close to being vice-president at one point.