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Dalhousie dentist shocked by 'Gentlemen's Club' Facebook posts

12/17/2014 05:20 EST | Updated 02/16/2015 05:59 EST
An instructor at Dalhousie University's faculty of dentistry says she saw no hint of the sexism and misogyny that was revealed earlier this week in a series of Facebook posts attributed to male students at the school.

Stacie Saunders is a dentist who practises in Bedford, teaches part-time at Dalhousie University and graduated from the school in 1999.

She said she was shocked when she heard the news that a group of men, calling themselves the Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen, made sexually explicit comments that appeared to involve discussions of female classmates.

Saunders said her time as a student at Dalhousie University was the best four years of her life. The school only accepts up to 38 students a year to its dental surgery program, meaning classes are small.

She said that made for a very positive and supportive environment when she was a student. Everyone got to know each other well by the time they were in fourth year, Saunders said.

She said that must make it especially devastating to the female students who are now in the class.

Saunders said if she was a dentistry student right now, she would feel betrayed.

As an instructor, she hasn't seen any evidence of sexist or degrading behaviour. But Saunders said that is not surprising, given the instructors wouldn't tolerate such comments.

Saunders said the students are encouraged to become responsible, professional and pillars of the community. They are told that they are being welcomed into a "family" of professionals. 

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