Has anyone else noticed that situations or topics deemed "innapropriate for women" are fair game for men in nursing school? For instance, and I could write for hours, in clinicals the women jokingly asked to try catheter insertion on me in the presence of the instructor who smiled. I've also been asked in class, also in the presence of an instructor, whether I "could hurt the baby" due to being well endowed. It doesn't really bother me because it's a joke and the offense doesn't really get under my skin. However, it's a blatant double standard that might get a man kicked out of nursing school (or any other school for that matter) and yet instructors and students alike laugh innocently as if all is normative.
This does cause me to ask a few questions. Do you think that in women dominated fields that a blatant double standard exists or is this peculiar to nursing? Do you think that instructors in nursing are less likely to see the normal boundaries that would be readily apparent in male dominated career paths? Am I the lone guy that has had this happen or is this systemic? Oh yeah, does it bother any of you?
I'm really not going anywhere with this other than I'm really curious what you think. Let me know.