"In my work...I tend to those who are metaphorically, and often enough literally, naked and exposed."


Long has the medical gaze been ensconced in an authoritative, favourable light, and has dictated how we view the patient, and by extension, ourselves. It is kindred to the Panopticon, to the ubiquitous, all-seeing, yet invisible eye. As we slide further towards voyeurism, to what some may call a stalker society, one ought to take note of its nature: power, in this configuration, often isn't directly challenged, as it hides under the aegis of anonymity. Power, in this sense (or perhaps, in any), is a pervert.


In my work, I am cognizant of my privileged position in the care of more ill and vulnerable persons. I tend to those who are metaphorically, and often enough literally, naked and exposed. Too often, such an asymmetrical power dynamic can erode away any notion of equality and partnership, and perverse the therapeutic relationship through paternalistic posturing; the patient is seen as an 'Other', a subject to medicalized interventions.


Through this exposure, I challenge this tendency in myself. This exercise is an extension of how I continuously mean to challenge my own boundaries as I reflect on my own privilege in regards to my gender, sexuality, race, age, economic status, and the like. While to challenge is to expose and make vulnerable, in doing so the requisite medium for growth is often made available.











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