Walking Out on The Boys: Dr. FRANCES CONLEY

Dr. FRANCES CONLEY, tired of being called honey by male surgeons, resigned from the Stanford medical school. Last week a professor there was charged with sexual harassment.

Q. After 16 years as a professor at Stanford, you resigned abruptly, charging what you called "gender insensitivity" on the part of male colleagues. Most people interpreted that to mean sexual harassment. Were you sexually harassed?

A. I am not talking about sexual harassment. I think harassment is too volatile a term. Sexism is one way of describing it. It is a pervasive attitude problem. The examples I can give will seem trivial, but they are real, and they do affect a person who has a professional life. If I am in an operating room, I have to be in control...

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