I’ve been called away on an aunting emergency, but before I waddle off into the wild blue, let me acquaint you with this particularly repellent little dollop of discrimination: older women are less likely than men to be listed for kidney transplants.
Women over 75, in fact, are 59% less likely to be listed than dudes of corresponding age.
So sayeth Medical News Today.
The reason given for the disparity is a whimsical concept called “perceived frailty.” That is, either the referring nephrologist or the patient herself thinks older women can’t cut it, robust-o-wise, in a transplant situation. This despite the fact that, according to the article, there is no evidence whatsoever to support the idea that older women are too frail to recover from kidney transplants; survival rates are similar in men and women.
But of course, as a result of institutionalized misogyny, both the nephrologist and the patient have been conditioned since birth to believe that little old ladies are made of spittle and pink kleenex, so these findings are as unsurprising as they are revolting.
Also revolting is the revelation that factors like race and fatness make transplants even less likely. See the short article for pertinent details I don’t have time to go into here.
Once again, folks: misogyny is a humanitarian crisis.