Quote from exit96
I am thinking SEXISM. It is interesting to see that, when females are in the Majority-such as Nursing, they act the same way anyone does when they are the Majority.
Let's not paint a broad brush here...if someone is making inappropriate comments they do need to be teported, even if that means going over your managers head; you should also document when it's happening, as well as speaking up when situations that you feel uncomfortable about.
But history has made it very difficult for them to believe that. They have become very effective at getting everyone to believe that they are something other than humans that have a dark side like the rest of us. And none of the past historical treatments that they have received justifies that behavior when it is done themselves. I am very passionate about the situation, but no one wants to hear it. And I am not good at being hopeful when it requires me to deny the truth.
The rest of your post sounds as if you are again, painting a broad brush to "them", so how is that may better?
You may need to speak up and document; asking someone to help and you happen to be make is NOT sexist; them not helping you could be sexist but the major issue is you potentially hurting your back is unsafe because they are not helping; also one person making suggestive comments and another who happens to be a female as well doesn't make ALL female nurse abide by the last parts of your statement.
We are ALL human, yes, but again, you should take the emotion out of it and figure out which patterns are sexist and which are not, and DO something about it.