In one way, to me, it doesnt matter if m.e. is more men or women......if docs and researchers think its more women why should that allow them to discriminate more? They can't openly discriminate altho they may have more bias, but man its 2011, is it socially acceptable as a practitioner to say I think you are psychosomatic because you are female? that sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen to me. Not that I don't understand that happens, but it dawned on me lately that maybe it times i am complicit in this charade of discrimination if don't confront it more openly if suspect its going on. Perhaps it can be as powerful as playing the race card can be (not that I think that always works but I totally support it because racism, sexism, classism is alive and well in post industrial countries) if we confront first the offending practitioner than their boss than their PR staff and start calling more attention to the inappropriate practice of differing care based on gender. I understand from bio research perspective may want to figure out if more male or female to inform studies. I just expect the same care from practitioners either way, being taken as seriously and tested etc I just found out I have sjogrens, which I knew from self diagnosis, am intrigued by autoimmune component. I did sense tho that the rheumie, while nice and somewhat supportive, didnt seem to think it was big deal.....I suppose compared to lupus may not be as bad, but I woud like to see it studied more and how it ties into m.e. I have been apparently immune stimulated for some time, rarely get colds last 9 years but painful neuro stuff instead.