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Advice to Authors: When In Doubt, Google It

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When I begin reading Sexual Intellectual Female by Regina G. Hanson, things seemed to be going well. She explored a range of sexual orientations, pointed out the problems with abstinence-based sex ed, and challenged the pressure on women to have kids.

Then the wheels fell off.

She writes that author Gina Tomaine, in an article in Philadelphia Magazine, reported that:

her research had revealed a niche career field: Reproductive Psychiatrists. Numerous women are seeking counseling for their lack of desire regarding having children. If you are a psychiatrist specializing in this ‘issue’ then there has to be a need for it or you wouldn’t stay in business two minutes.

Regina G. Hanson

Um, okay, but no… Curious where that bit of incorrect info came from, I went to have a look at Ms. Tomaine’s article. She mentions a podcast that:

… featured a “reproductive psychiatrist.” (Turns out there’s a growing market for these, as well as for “baby-decision clarity mentors.” Yup. Look it up.)

Gina Tomaine

The “look it up” linked to a site run by a woman whose “about” page said that she was a “Motherhood Clarity Mentor” and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Having worked in the field of psychiatry, I know what a reproductive psychiatrist does. If I didn’t know, I’d probably check with Google before making assumptions. A quick Google search for reproductive psychiatry immediately makes it clear that neither author did that quick Google search.

If you’re mentally ill and pregnant and need to figure out which of your meds are safe to continue, who are you going to be seeing? A reproductive psychiatrist. Postpartum depression? Reproductive psychiatrist. Postpartum mania? Reproductive psychiatrist. Postpartum psychosis? Reproductive psychiatrist. Depression developed during pregnancy? Reproductive psychiatrist. If I want input on the risk of me having a baby in the context of my treatment-resistant depression, who am I going to get a consultation with? A reproductive psychiatrist. Are we sensing a theme here?

I stopped reading at that point, but I felt the need to rant about it, so here it is. Don’t believe everything you read (or write, for that matter).

17 thoughts on “Advice to Authors: When In Doubt, Google It”

    1. Google search engine is a writer’s best friend. I use it to find quotes for my post. Background info on the subject I am trying to explore.
      When I was in High School, mid seventies, it was a trip to the library. Then finding your books with the info, checking them out, and then carrying home.
      Google is truly a God send!

  1. Shut the front door. Seriously? Good Lord!! You’ve got to be kidding. Wow. Um, wow. Just no. That’s all kinds of messed up. I’m not fully awake yet, or my mind would be spinning right now. Wow. I’m just… stunned. Right, google it! That’s sound advice, and it should’ve been done here. Good grief!!

  2. I feel it is a woman’s prerogative if she wants to bear children. Women today have great careers that sometimes puts great demand on them.
    This author in your post sounds like she wrote before putting the brain in gear.
    I know some people think women should be barefoot, pregnant, and stay in the kitchen. Pure poppycock!

    1. It’s strange that some people still hang onto those ridiculous old-fashioned ideas about what a “woman’s place” is. People can be stupid if they want, but they shouldn’t have any power to hold women back because of it.

    2. I totally agree with you. No-one deserves to be told what they can or can’t do based on their gender. It really is demeaning for anyone to maintain outdated stereotypes about what a woman’s place is. We’re all people after all with different dreams, goals and desires when it comes to what we want out of life.

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