Keisha Ray discusses medical photos and women’s health in recent blog

By Angela Gomez, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics
July 24, 2019

Keisha Ray, PhD, recently wrote a blog post for the American Journal of Bioethics titled, “Medical Photos, CPR Dolls, and Car Crash Dummies: When Women Aren’t Represented in Research We Fail Women’s Health.”

In the blog, Ray discusses the viral photo of a female muscular system which showed milk ducts, noting the reactions across the Internet ranged from fascination to disgust. Still, others wondered why they had never seen before such a photo. Ray shares her own discomfort—and lack of familiarity—with the photo, recalling exclusive presentations of the male anatomy in high school and college courses. This realization prompted Ray to consider other areas of education and research in which representations of the female body are absent and, notably, how this affects women’s health. Two areas include research conducted with CPR dolls and crash test dummies.