The Wall Street Journal‘s Joseph Epstein recently published a scathing op-ed, bent on targetting soon-to-be First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s credibility. He accused her of using the title granted to, and used by, practically every other PhD on Earth, even though she’s never delivered a baby.
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) December 12, 2020
A mountain of therapy couldn’t truly unpack what this guy was thinking when he decided, ‘I know, I’ll degrade her to a helpless shit machine by calling her ‘kiddo’ in the midst of what amounts to nothing more than a partisan political hack job!’
Beyond that, the guy is straight up wrong. She’s not calling herself an M.D., which would be a suffix she hasn’t earned. He’s just being an asshole, and PhDs all over Twitter have taken a stand against an attack so widely off the mark.
I am most certainly not a doctor, but anyone with a PhD has a right to say they are. #DrJillBiden
Unfortunately, anyone can call themselves a writer. Even Joseph Epstein.
— Abby (@abbythetweet) December 13, 2020
— A Gonz (@agonz17894) December 13, 2020
I’m Dr. Maggie Gilewicz and I’d like to wish Dr. Jill Biden and, the soon to be FLOTUS, a happy Sunday! pic.twitter.com/MJECfaTfeC
— 𝙳𝚛. 𝙼𝚊𝚐𝚐𝚒𝚎 𝙶. (@MaggieGilewicz) December 13, 2020
my whole kink is seeing women with Ph.Ds add “Dr.” to their names to infuriate the men who hate our accomplishments ✨
— death angel (@angel_0f_deathx) December 13, 2020
Again, this op-ed is a partisan attack ad, attempting to degrade the next First Lady in response to the left denigrating nude photographs of Melania Trump in 2016.
To sum up: the right didn’t bat an eye at Melania’s naked photos but decided to attack Dr. Jill Biden for having too much education
— ⓁⒶⓉⒾⓃⓍ ⓅⓄⓌⒺⓇ (@sapphiresdust) December 13, 2020
Never in my lifetime has anyone suggested I should not claim the title of Dr., despite my PhD being in Mathematics and not baby delivery.
Which begs the question, what exactly is the difference between myself and Dr. Jill Biden?
— William J. Perry (@SecDef19) December 13, 2020
But what if we saw the whole fucking point, and stopped trying to denigrate the First Ladies at all? Having a PhD in Education sounds like a pretty specifically great thing that this First Lady could support in this administration. We could talk about that, but instead people are hung up on superficial bullshit to avoid having meaningful conversations.
Dr. Jill Biden earned her Ed.D and can call herself a Doctor. Melania Trump, likewise, can continue to use her famous surname as she sees fit – in South Florida, at the former ‘Winter White House,’ because DC’s new FLOTUS is almost ready to move in.