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English actor and voice artist
Apr 9 4 tweets 2 min read
Thread/ About fear

Our reactions to being frightened can include:

Fight, flight, freeze, fawn, faint, flock ...

And sometimes a combination of these responses.

Fight - getting into a stand-up confrontation as the adrenaline surges Flight - getting the hell out of there as fast as possible

Freeze - play dead - hope I'm not noticed ...

Fawn - yes of course you're right, I'll do whatever you want, I won't challenge you, please don't hurt me ...

Faint - shock and fear can just overwhelm
Jun 10, 2021 13 tweets 9 min read

Women are sharing ghastly experiences of outpatient #hysteroscopy - invasive surgery with zero anaesthetic - the NHS UK standard practice

This barbaric, inhumane, misogynistic assault against women's rights must end

@TheBSGE 'My scream sounded unearthly to me, like an animal in terrible pain. Part of my inside was being cut without any anaesthetic. I am 73 years old'
#Hysteroscopy without #anaesthetic
May 28, 2021 9 tweets 4 min read
1/ Seemingly endless reports coming in - women's grotesque gynaecological experiences on @NHSuk

Lied to, minimised, dismissed, mocked, belittled, scorned by health care professionals

@HysteroscopyA Refusal to believe women's first hand authoritative accounts of how these procedures TRULY feel

Failure to see women as needing or having any right to pain management

Callous, total lack of empathy, refusal to respond to women's pain
May 15, 2021 16 tweets 7 min read
Hysteroscopy: excellent treatment when done with respect & compassion for patient, without financial and convenience issues & outdated attitudes to women getting in the way. A thread:

@RCObsGyn #Anaesthetics have been available since the century before last.

Men are given local or general anaesthetic for #prostatecancer biopsies as a matter of course.

So why do women continue to be subjected to #gynaecological torture? Misogyny in action?