On Mon, 14 Dec 2020 11:37:17 -0000 (UTC), Lewis
Post by Lewis Post by Tony Cooper
Dunno if this story has received much attention.
In summary, the _Wall Street Journal_ published an op-ed piece
castigating President-Elect Biden's wife Jill from using "Dr" because
she is not a medical doctor.
Oh, there was so much more to it than just that. There as the whining
about how upset he is by people lording their qualifications over him
and how Biden's degree is not a real degree. It was the classic bleating
of the fragile old man who things he is OBVIOUSLY the apex human on the
planet and is very upset by the implication that any mere female could
even be counted as a human.
He's a vile misogynist toad, and he has been for his 50 year career.
He starts his drivel by referring to a 69-year-old woman with a
doctorate as "kiddo". What a complete asshole.
Post by Tony Cooper
Only part because the WSJ wants you to pay to read their online
There;'s been some fallout.
"Joseph Epstein wiped from university website after backlash over
‘sexist drivel’ Jill Biden column"
"Joseph Epstein’s record of provocation and self-disgracing is long but
not unbroken. ... he wrote with fearless gusto an op-ed in The Wall
Street Journal this weekend, advising Jill Biden, an English professor
at Northern Virginia Community College, to stop insisting that people
call her “Doctor Jill Biden,” which “sounds and feels fraudulent, not to
say a touch comic.” She is the spouse of the president-elect and earned
an Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of Delaware in
I didn't know that she got her degree in 2007. I wonder if
late-in-life PhDs are appreciated more by the recipients.
Dr. Bill Cosby really likes to have his title used. He included
it in credits running after his TV show. (Also, Education.)
My dad got his PhD at age 40 (chemistry). While we lived
in a small Texas town, he was known to everyone as Doc Ulrich.
I think the town had few college degree-holders of any kind when
we moved there in 1955, beyond the school teachers. The original
"Social Class Scales" (mid-1950s) put school teachers fairly high,
probably because of their degrees.
The original news story reminded me that it was Dr. Henry
Kissinger who insisted (yes, I think, "somewhat comically" applies
to his insistence) that his title always be used.