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Letters Challenging offensive behaviour

Failure to challenge discriminatory behaviour is complicity

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 17 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m147
  1. Jessica Potter, honorary clinical lecturer
  1. Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
  1. jessica.potter{at}

Like other female doctors, I have long been accustomed to the assumption that I am a nurse. But I am frequently disappointed by the silence of male witnesses to these everyday acts of sexism.1 On a ward round recently, I and another senior (male) registrar flanked the male consultant, stethoscopes around our necks. We gave our opinions while three male juniors …

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