What’s Current: USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall was allowed to keep treating students despite misconduct allegations

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Dr. George Tyndall (Image: USC)
  • Dr. George Tyndall, the University of Southern California’s student health clinic’s gynecologist, has been accused of misconduct repeatedly, for years, but the University allowed him to keep practicing. The Los Angeles Times reports :

“The complaints began in the 1990s, when co-workers alleged he was improperly photographing students’ genitals. In the years that followed, patients and nursing staff accused him again and again of ‘creepy’ behavior, including touching women inappropriately during pelvic exams and making sexually suggestive remarks about their bodies.”

  • Michigan State University has announced a $500-million settlement with more than 300 women and girls who were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar.
  • Deputy Governor of the Bank of England refers to the UK’s withering economy as “menopausal.”
  • Maria Teresa Giglio, the mother of a woman who committed suicide after her sex tape went viral, now spends her days trying to scrub it from the internet.
  • An Arkansas midwife is facing disciplinary action for respecting her client’s wishes not to have a vaginal exam during pregnancy.
  • Crown prosecutors claim Leonard Warwick, who murdered four people by bombing in the 1980s, was motivated by a “feud with his ex wife.”
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  • lk

    “The complaints began in the 1990s, when co-workers alleged he was improperly photographing students’ genitals…It was not until 2016, when a frustrated nurse went to the campus rape crisis center, that he was suspended.”

    I’m really trying to wrap my mind around this…woman began complaining in the 1990’s..but it took 26 years before the university suspended him?!

    When women started coming forward about Nassar, there was a lot of comments about why the women didn’t come forward earlier..and I think this story with Tyndall shows why: when women make complaints, people don’t seem to take it seriously or they accuse the women of lying.

    • TwinMamaManly

      Or they make complaints and no one gives a sh*t at all, too busy protecting the precious male medical specialist

  • TwinMamaManly

    As an Australian, I was aware this series of attacks as committed by Leonard Warwick in the early 1980s as being unprecedented in our nation’s history – it was seen as an attack on the very fabric of our critical institutions. But this reign of terror stemmed from one male’s perceived entitlement to his ex-wife and daughter. It was strongly suspected, but unable to be proven, that he killed his ex-wife’s brother and disposed of his body, bombed a church that provided sanctuary to his ex-wife, bombed the family home of his ex-wife’s lawyer, two family court judges (who ruled against him), and the family court itself. And the bastard has been walking the streets until he finally got arrested 3 years ago.

    The press attributes his actions to a “feud” or “custody battle” with his ex-wife – but you can only imagine how desperate and fearful she must have been to try to protect herself and her daughter – hardly a fair fight. In the end, she actually relinquished custody to him because she was so terrified of who he would kill next – but they don’t mention that in the mainstream reporting. They don’t focus on this as an example of extreme domestic terrorism and a violent, murderous misogynist who will do literally anything to regain control over HIS wife and daughter. I have been aware of this case for sometime, and I am glad it looks like the bastard will rot in prison. Our state’s supermax prison is a cold, lonely, smelly hell-hole full of serial killers and terrorists – too bad for him.

    • Tinfoil the Hat

      “feud” – “battle” – you make excellent points. A situation is neither of these things if only one person is attacking!

  • FierceMild

    I don’t think males should be gynecologists or OBs, or midwives etc. There just is no reason for this.

    • Blazing Fire

      Yup. They can learn the theory if they want to – I don’t know, it _might_ help knowing the theory when treating a female patient, as Hanaki said (I’m no doctor.. You would know better, since you are in the medical field:). Me simply guessing that it might be useful..). But practically, women wouldn’t be comfortable with a male doc doing intimate checks – and that MUST be respected. And childbirth/labour must be exclusively handled only by females – since that is a very very vulnerable time, and the mother won’t even be able to express her discomfort during that time (it will all just end up as PPSD).

  • Morag999

    I agree with you that men have no business being gynecologists.

  • Jani

    Absolutely. There was a case in Italy last year where a young woman committed suicide after revenge porn. There was also the case of Audrie Pott (see the documentary Audrie and Daisy) who committed suicide as a consequence of her sexual assault being recorded and uploaded to the internet. These are not isolated incidents, just the ones we hear about.

  • Hekate Jayne

    When the Golden State Killer was caught, his ex wife from years ago had to go into hiding. People were questioning if he would have killed and raped if she had just been nicer to him.

    This article has some good info, and it’s short. I would have the language be a little more direct, but it’s still pretty good…………….
    https://www.refinery29.com/2018/04/197717/golden-state-killer-bonnie-domestic-abuse

    Males have created a society where they have all of the control because they are so smart and logical (LOL), and yet, nothing is ever their fault. We have no societal power, yet everything is our fault. Male reversal.

    Also, dudes forcibly took over pre natal medical services, and a ton of women and newborns died as a result. Mostly because they are nasty and refused to wash their fucking hands.

    Males keep information about our bodies from us, they always have. Sonia Johnson, in one of her YouTube speeches, says that in the 70s, women began taking control of their own bodies, reading old texts left by women about natural methods of birth control and abortion. And males straight up freaked the fuck out because women were pulling away from them, they were losing control of us.

    Individual, small groups of women doing this combined with the group, Jane, that learned to perform abortions in spite of fear of male government And law, resulted in males allowing roe v. Wade. And even then, that decision inserts a male doctor into the process and what should be the personal choice of the individual woman. That was the intent, as there were almost no female doctors at the time.

    And also, I think that it was a woman here that mentioned that gynecology stuff is actually a category of porn.

    Is there anything that doesn’t give a dude a boner? I mean, dude gets mad. BONER. Dude is sad. BONER. Dude sees violence. BONER. Dude at a funeral. BONER. Dude buying a block of cheese. BONER. Not that this has anything to do with anything. But males have a category of porn for every fucking thing. It’s disturbing. And boring.

    • TwinMamaManly

      Its like the conversation that is still going on about whether the g-spot exists and female ejaculation. I found a book on all of this in a feminist sex shop in San Francisco. Female ejaculate was actually used in religious rituals in ancient societies. But do you think any young girl or woman is taught about this and its benefits and the respect and honour of it in sex ed? No they’d be finding out about it in squirt videos on porn sites and it being treated as a joke and a kink and a perversion. (Sorry if TMI, but it makes me so mad that young women aren’t taught about powerful and honourable aspects of sex when it is not practiced as currency or in a demeaning way).

      • Hekate Jayne

        I have been wanting to reply to you for a couple of days, but I just now got the time, because it is going to take me a minute.

        Firstly, this isn’t TMI. Female ejaculation is part of our sexual experience, at least it is for some of us. But we are so ingrained by males that our bodies are disgusting, so, of course when males ejaculate, it is a celebration and a marvel and it’s so fucking important, that they mention ejaculate and sperm in their fucking religious texts because MAGICAL AND SPECIAL. And since males are the only ones to decide anything at all, this is instance #349967123098 where their body is worth studying and ours is just not important except to be a category of porn, because female ejaculation is important for only only reason in manworld, and that is when it inspires a boner.

        Secondly, you reminded me about something that I read a while back, about when dudes invented Christianity and when they were making up stories for it. In matriarchal religions, women were the givers of life, and most of it revolved around that ability, and part of that was the menstrual cycle, and specifically, blood. Blood is an integral part of creating and sustaining life, and our bodies cycle around that, expelling blood in a continuous cycle when it is not used to make a human being out of our blood and bone.

        So when males set about to create a religion that centered them, they had to figure out a way to center blood in their creation and salvation stories, since they decided that blood was intrinsically and irrevocably part and parcel of creating and sustaining life. How could they make male blood life giving? How could they make male blood life saving? How could they make male blood and the shedding of it a heroic act?

        How could they take the totally natural act of menstruation and childbirth and unnaturally turn it into something that they could do? How could they take the focus from women being necessary to create life, and center themselves as the necessary human?

        And that is how they came up with Jesus, and more specifically, his blood. Jesus is nothing without the blood. And his blood was violently shed by males so that he could do us the wonderful favor of saving us all from what he is going to do to us if we don’t validate his identity as savior and Lord of all. Christianity is just one more way of males coopting and perverting female existence in an attempt to make themselves important when they are actually not needed at all.

        There is pain in childbearing, I suppose that creating a human being and expelling it from our body is painful. But it isn’t violent. Males translate pain as violence because they are dim and intellectually limited. So their creation story is a bunch of violence.

        Anyway, my point is that our bodies actually do some pretty important shit. I Mean, a woman birthed every single person in existence. Ever. When I think of it now, I just wonder why dudes think that their dick is so fucking impressive. But perhaps they know it isn’t, which is why they focus so much on their sad little peens. And part of the laser like focus is denigrating us.

        Because next to us, they ain’t shit. And they know it.

  • FierceMild

    My thought is basically that men are a risk to women. Men have habitually abused positions of power (such as that of physician) to assault women, men have engineered society to give themselves control of women’s bodies, women’s reproductive decisions, women’s access to financial independence, to education, to politics and to land ownership. They have proven themselves a clear and present danger to our wellbeing and cannot be relied upon not to use whatever advantage they have to hurt us.

    Obviously all doctors need to study all organ systems and I freely admit there are excellent male reproductive doctors. They don’t outweigh the risks.

    Women have not perpetrated systematic, sex-based, reproduction-oriented oppression on men. We do not pose a risk to men and there is therefore no need to bar women from treating men as physicians of any kind. I do believe that a man should have the option of choosing a same sex doctor; but women simply aren’t systematically abusive of men.

  • Hekate Jayne

    Women don’t sexually assault males. Are males afraid of women sexually assaulting or raping them while performing a prostate exam? Or a scrotal exam?

    How many female doctors sexually assault male patients in any case? And are males constantly and consistently disbelieved when accusing women of anything?

    Do women have categories of porn dedicated to males being sexually assaulted during medical exams?

    The males that you mentioned that have done things for women are great, and all, but just because one guy is a hero doesn’t mean that just any male that can afford medical school should be able to choose to practice female specific medicine.

    We managed for centuries on our own very well before males pushed us out for the sole purpose of controlling our bodies. We don’t need them.

  • Blazing Fire

    From Maria Teresa article:

    >> “Italian media outlets reported that she had willingly sent them out to Di Palo and four others on WhatsApp,…
    **Maria believes that her daughter was under the influence of drugs when they were recorded.”

    (And I think the mom knows the best about her child.. And we aaalll know what men/media would LOVE to believe & report.)
    Here is yet another “drug a woman, make her act abnormal (or in most cases, become immobile), rape & film her”… just yet another one.. But how many young, growing girls are getting to know about this?

  • Tobysgirl

    ” checks and balances don’t work in this area”
    Checks and balances do not work at all in controlling the medical profession’s malfeasance. Doctors do not police themselves or their profession until a particular practitioner’s criminality is so extreme it can no longer be ignored. I have no idea how to change the medical profession’s poor practices, and I have experienced poor practice from both male and female practitioners. Once again, I will quote Lynne Farrow when she discovered that practice is not based on actual evidence, but on consensus. Because of this, millions of women have their glaring hypothyroid symptoms ignored and are misdiagnosed and often given toxic treatments. My life has been RUINED by medical neglect and if I were unique I wouldn’t mind so much, but reading endless stories of arrogant and phenomenally stupid practitioners has made it clear to me that I am far from unique. I have actually asked online if the only way to wake up the endocrinology profession (the dumbest of the dumb) would be to set oneself on fire outside one of their conferences.

    • Hekate Jayne

      This is moving into a larger area that most people here are not going to be overly familiar with, since you and I are American. But what you are referencing is predominant because our health “care” system is profit based.

      For profit health “care” does not make huge profits when the population is not ill. In other words, there is no profit in healthy people. Healthy people don’t need a doctor. People that don’t need a doctor are not paying a doctor.

      Our medical system is a male system, and in our case, good outcomes are not wanted. I was sick in 05, I had a simple blood infection that was incredibly cheap to test for and treated with cheap antibiotics. But instead of testing me for what I actually had, I was tested for literally everything else. Because there was no money in curing me. The profit was in almost 19 months of testing and visits to specialists.

      With health insurance, I ended up liable for almost 20k, out of pocket. That is $20,000, and it didn’t include all of the co pays. And I almost fucking died.

      I haven’t seen a doctor in almost a decade and I don’t worry too much about it. Experience has shown me that our system doesn’t care at all about us being healthy because there’s no money for males in that. I can’t afford a doctor, but I can die by myself. For free.

      • Tobysgirl

        I absolutely agree with you about the profit-driven health care system. But regarding hypothyroidism, treatment is even worse in the U.K. You would think a national health care system would be very interested in treating a common chronic condition, but, no, hypothyroid patients in the U.K. are diagnosed with everything but hypothyroidism, and treated accordingly. In the U.K. you have to go to a private doctor in order to be treated properly for hypothyroidism. And I have heard from a number of Canadian patients that things are no better there.
        So it’s a bit more than profit, it’s intentional dunderheadness regarding a condition that was diagnosed and treated at least some of the time up until 1970.
        I am so sorry about your blood infection, your deathly illness, and your consequent debt. I nearly died from untreated hypothyroidism, and now I live with all the results of not being treated for 30+ years.