Women are already broadly neglected in medical research. They are underrepresented in many clinical trials, so pharmaceutical dosing is based on male bodies despite our knowledge that females metabolize certain compounds differently. And female medical issues are not prioritized.
Systematic neglect of female bodies by the medical establishment is why it takes women so long to be diagnosed with common disorders, why surgeons aren't educated about clitoral anatomy, why women with chronic pain are dismissed and told to "lose weight" by clinicians.
We need much, much more attention paid to sex differences in medicine, not less. It is beyond ignorant as well as misogynistic to suggest that we do away with the meager understanding of clinical sex differences that we have been able to achieve. It means worse care for everyone.
And I haven't even touched on the differences in how males & females present with cardiac symptoms, transplant priorities, statistical disease risks & epidemiology, etc. Sex differences are real and matter in every dimension of medicine. To suggest otherwise is science denial.
Again: denying that sex differences exist, that they are measurably important for medical care, and that these things have been documented in research over and over, is science denial on par with belief in a flat earth.

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