December 14th, 2020

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Doctor Doctor

This whole kerfuffle that arose when a failed college instructor attacked Dr. Jill Biden over using her professional title is fairly comic in an awful way. For one thing, MA Epstein (title explained below) spends more than half his piece railing against honorary doctorates, while admitting that Dr. Biden's Ed.D. was earned.


One of the reasons I stuck it out to finish my Ph.D. was that it was a good way of avoiding the whole Miss/Mrs./Ms. title nonsense. (My actual preferred title is, of course, Supreme Galactic Empress, but good luck getting anyone to use that.) At the same time, I don't generally bother with any title in social situations, except for when making restaurant reservations. Reservations for Dr. X tend to get you better tables.


By the way, the person I worked with who was most insistent on being referred to as Doctor was a DPA (Doctor of Public Administration), not a Ph.D.

At any rate, I am pretty sure that the correct title for Joseph Epstein, ,who wrote the Wall Street Journal op-ed is "misogynistic asshole."

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