I aspire to work in the field of healthcare and I have always been constantly reminded of that decision every day of my life by my peers or classmates.
I was reminded of the fact as a young woman struggling to be taken seriously by male classmates and I was reminded every time someone questioned my intelligence based on my “girly, fashionable” appearance. Many classmates never hesitated to label me as someone that wasn’t “serious” and “intelligent” based on superficial matters and this continual belief that a woman couldn’t be simultaneously interested in physiology and handbags was ingrained in the system.
My lab partner for freshman year chemistry lab told me that he doubted that I would even pass the class. I got a higher score than he did and my future career is literally lab based.
No matter how hard I worked, it seemed that no one would believe that I was capable of intelligent thought or success. To to this day, I still remember one of my coworkers giving me fully unsolicited criticism and telling me that they didn’t see me working in the field of healthcare and that I should switch to marketing, fashion, or public relations. As if it was her call to make.
Spoiler alert: I blog about fashion and beauty but I’m smart too. GASP. I never understand why people are so quick to discriminate against having fashion or beauty as interest for women in science or medicine. Because I assure all of you, I am a smart person. Even if my eyeliner is perfect.
I know you’re all going to be shocked by this, but I’m a fully capable and intelligent young woman that’s a future medical professional AND a fashion and beauty blogger at the same time. GASP. Inconceivable right? (PS this is sarcasm).
Just because I write about makeup and clothes, doesn’t mean that I am incapable of intelligent thought. I hate how so many people are prejudiced and discriminate against fashion and beauty bloggers. They are so quick to judge and assume that writing about lifestyle topics makes someone unintelligent, shallow, incompetent, or superficial.
This attitude is something that continues to frustrate me and constantly makes me wonder if this is how things are going to be for the rest of my life. Are people always going to be completely stunned that I want to be a medical laboratory scientist? Are people going to forever think that my fashion blogging makes me unqualified to be a medical professional?
Am I going to have to live with people constantly judging me and believing me to be unqualified for superficial and petty reasons?
Because to completely honest with all of you, it’s bullshit.
And for f’s sake, can’t a girl like immunology, One Piece, and Kate Spade all at the same time? I could tell you everything about urinalysis in depth, all about the X-Men, and identify MAC lipsticks from swatches. All three.
Shockingly enough, I am a person with a diverse set of interests and passions. Wow, right? (Sarcasm, again).
I think this all makes me irritated because at the end of the day, I know that my male classmates have not had to deal with even half of this nonsense. No one questions a guy’s qualifications based on the fact that he loves the Patriots, so why should anyone question mine because I love fashion?
Here’s something shocking (aka something that should be considered not at all shocking but rather normal)–maybe we should evaluate a person’s qualifications and value on things that matter, and not sexist or superficial nonsense. There are phenomenal doctors out there that have a passion for medicine and fashion, and nurses that love hockey and neonatal care. And I don’t think that interests are a defining factor in judging the intelligence or qualifications are either.
Our interests make us unique–because what would life be like if you couldn’t love two polarly different things at the same time?
At the end of the day, I guarantee you that my lifestyle blogging and love of fashion doesn’t make me a less qualified (future) medical professional, it makes me a more unique one.
“When they judge you, yawn.
When they misunderstand you, smile.
When they underestimate you, laugh.
When they condemn you, ignore.
When they envy you, rejoice.
When they oppose you, prevail.”
What is an “unexpected” passion or interest that you have? Do people wrongfully judge you in your career or school?