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The more I devote my time to examining systems that foster sexual harassment, I keep coming back to the problem of healthcare leaders golfing together.
A well-known woman in emergency medicine tells a story about how men on an organization's board would come to consensus on important issues WHILE TAKING BATHROOM BREAKS in the men's room, when she was the sole leader who was not present.
They ended up creating a rule that all shop talk had to stop during bathroom breaks. They. Needed. A. Rule. About. Making. Deals. During. Bathroom. Breaks. You see my point.
How much more happens during "it's just golf" outings? How many more allegiances formed, collaborations born, understandings developed? How much more reluctant might one be to censure bad behavior of a golfing buddy?
When on the fence about recruiting leadership, might one tilt towards the golfing buddy, whether consciously or subconsciously? Might serious mentorship and sponsorship start on the links?
An organization is not serious about changing the culture around harassment and upending steep, toxic hierarchies, unless it abolishes the practice of male leaders golfing together.
I'd love to see a hospital / health system / medical school take a stand and end this practice. It would be a strong signal of an organization that is serious about culture change and an equitable and safe workplace environment. I'm not holding my breath.
In the meantime, men who wish to be allies might consider dropping the golf or any similar bonding activities where women are not well represented.
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