Pediatrician Risa Hoshino, MD
The journal's article hit a nerve for Dr. Hoshino. "All my life, I was told that my body was not good enough," she explained; she says society always told her she was "too short, too fat, too skinny, too Asian." She had to decide for herself to be confident in her body, "no matter what it looks like, because every body is a bikini body!"
The article, Dr. Hoshino said, "targeted women who were posting pictures with their family at the beach, at the pool, and on vacation on their own social media accounts." It reminded her not only of her past experiences with body shaming but also the sexism she's experienced in the medical field. "As a training doctor, I was told that I was not assertive enough (even though I spoke up often), but when I did project confidence I was 'too aggressive.' Whenever I didn't say sorry (for something I didn't do), I was 'not being polite enough,' but when I did say sorry I was 'saying sorry too much.'" Whether women doctors are wearing bikinis, dresses, or white coats, "it does not change the fact that we are rockstar doctors! It's my body and I am proud of it — and nobody else can tell me what to do with it." She said the movement that grew out of this outrage was "truly inspiring — we can make a difference by standing up for ourselves!"