I think it is pretty safe to say that social media in its various forms has become part and parcel of our everyday lives.
In a recent issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, an article entitled Prevalence of unprofessional social media content among young vascular surgeons made headlines. In a nutshell, the article claimed that female doctors who share pictures on their private social media wearing bathing suits, drinking alcohol, and using profanity among other things were considered to be “unprofessional“.
The question seems obvious. Were the male doctors considered unprofessional if they shared pictures of themselves wearing bathing suits, drinking, and cursing? Probably not.
The double standard is loud and clear. A male doctor (or a male in any profession) would only be seen as enjoying themselves while on their day off. A female doctor (or any female in most professions), would likely be accused of doing or saying that something that negatively affects her employer.
The double standard, is as far as I am concerned, one of the main reasons why the feminist movement exists. Until the day in which men and women are judged equally and not by their sex, the fight or equality must continue.