I was interested increasingly in women, their representation in media, and also in how women intersect with medicine. I was feeling like the medical system was tremendously patriarchal. It had begun with some ads that Betsy Hogan showed me that came out of doctor's magazines that we used in the film, of women as fixtures in a waiting room, and it was like, drug her up, give her this tranquilizer.
I think of all the images that we had looked at and that we put in the program, I think the ones in the medical magazines for some reason - not that they were the most sexist, but they had the most resonance for me, because it struck me that women's roles were meant to keep them subservient, doctor knows best, patriarch knows best. There were also images of violence against women that were also very effective, but I decided to focus on one thing at a time and I had an easier time seeing how this system worked.
It was only later that I began to understand how the images of violence affected our culture... The women's health movement had an organized and revered enemy. And I think part of the appeal to take on the struggle was the level of reverence that was paid in our society to the medical profession.
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