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What #MedBikini Can Teach Us About Professionalism

September 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Maria Jouravleva

If it didn’t cross your Twitter or Newsfeed in late July, the Journal of Vascular Surgery published an article titled, “Prevalence of Unprofessional Social Media Content Among Young Vascular Surgeons,” where an almost exclusively male authorship criticized medical professionals for, “provocative posing in bikinis/swimwear” and, “holding/consuming alcohol.” The subsequent online backlash was tremendous, sparking the #MedBikini hashtag that flooded social media with photos of health and medical professionals in bikinis and holding alcoholic drinks. The predominant argument against the article was that its content targeted women and highlighted issues of sexism in the medical field.

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