Harrogate Feminists

Embracing our inner surgeons
April 21, 2011, 8:39 pm
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On Monday Laura and I went to a Harrogate Social Media Surgery.

I was slighly taken aback by being asked on my arrival Are you a surgeon or a patient?

Gosh, I thought, I know the NHS is supposed to be moving to provide cheaper care closer to patients’ homes but is it really necessary now to set up operating theatres in Community House?

If I’d done my prep, of course, I’d have known that a surgeon is simply somebody who knows more about social media than you.

Well, that makes almost everybody in Harrogate a surgeon, I thought, as I don’t know the first thing about social media.

Having realised with some relief that I wasn’t about to be booked in for a quick appendicectomy, I settled down with a cup of tea and some chocolate cake in front of a laptop, all ready to discover the mysteries of Facebook and Twitter.

I have to confess to still being none the wiser about Facebook or Twitter, however, as it quickly became clear that the limiting factor in our engagement with modern technology was not so much an innate inability to navigate social media, as a rather lax attitude on our part to approving comments, tweeting, and all that 24/7 always-on stuff.

So – We’ve decided to embrace our inner surgeons.  As women we’ve been socialised into taking a passive role in all sorts of situations, but the whole point of this group is that we want to do something, however tiny, to change things. And the conviction that we can do something is the first step along that path.

Watch this space.


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