, 8 tweets, 2 min read Read on Twitter
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.
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to Esther Choo MD MPH
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!