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Not everyone's a stand up

When you are the emeritus professor of surgery at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and president-elect of the American College of Surgeons, you probably don't really care if the occasional joke during an after-dinner speech falls a little flat. After all, you're profoundly capable of making advances in the field of medicine and academia: why try and be the funny man all the time? It seems however, that knowing your audience before trying out a pun or two is a key ingredient to comic success, particularly when referring to the old slap 'n' tickle.

However, Prof. Dr. Lazar. J. Greenfield, editor-in-chief of the American College of Surgeons' newsletter felt that making a few funnies in relation to his (no doubt hilarious) comment piece on the positive effects of exposure to semen was an excuse for poor joke-making, the New York Times reveals. In alluding to the fact that women who have regular exposure to semen are happier than other women, Greenfield suggested that cum might be a better gift to give on Valentine's Day than chocolates.

''I was aghast,' said Dr. Colleen Brophy, a professor of surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, and a member of the organization for over 20 years. Dr. Brophy, who served as chairwoman of its surgical research committee, publicly resigned from the College on Thursday.'

''I’ve gone back and reviewed the science, and it’s erroneous,' she said. 'But I’m resigning from the college not so much because of the editorial but because of the leadership’s response to it.''

According to some, the atmosphere in the male-dominated workforce at the college has led many to suppose that this was a subtle yet effective way of undermining female colleagues by suggesting that men are able to offer women a simple yet effective means of mood-elevation through ejaculation.

Some surgeons clearly felt they could be so lucky: the chances of getting together with female colleagues at work now has probably been reduced to zero.

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