Originally Posted by smq123
Sorry for the strongly worded post.
It's just that - there's nothing wrong with making an effort to look good, as long as you're professional about it (obviously). And if you get some compliments from that, or a patient is more cooperative with you, then that's great. But I don't think that you (or anyone else) should feel "responsible" when male patients, residents, or attendings cross the line of basic courtesy and decency.
Of course you shouldn't take any responsibility for your decisions.
If you want to get dolled up in the morning, accept the fact that by making yourself more attractive you open yourself up to situations that otherwise may not have presented.
For example, when I drive into the city I don't take my porsche, I take my girlfriend's jetta. It's not that I don't love driving my porsche, but it's excersizing a certain situational prudence. Porsches gain unwanted attention and I would prefer to avoid this attention.
When you do something that garners you additional attention, you do in fact bear some responsibility when unwanted outcomes result from your chosen behavior. I'm sorry if that hurts your little sensitive snowflake soul, but welcome to reality.