Over the weekend, Joseph Epstein argued in the Wall Street Journal op-ed entitled “Is There a Doctor in the White House? Not if You Need an M.D.” that Jill Biden should drop the Dr. honorific from her name.
Epstein says that Biden’s use of the honorific is both “fraudulent” and “comical.” Jill Biden has gone by Dr. Biden since earning her doctorate in, wait for it, education from the University of Delaware 15 years ago.
As expected, the media couldn’t handle the opinion, demanded it to be removed, and labeled it “sexist.” In a tremendous segment, The First’s Dana Loesch exposed the hypocrisy. Enjoy:
“The double standard here is excruciatingly mindless,” Loesch begins. “They went after Melania Trump for everything under the sun. The Democrats like to slut-shame. ‘Oh, she took some nudie photos in her past life.'”
(That sentence is much clearer if we note that Melania Trump, a former model, is married to a Republican president while the “Dr.” in question is married to a Democratic president-elect.)
According to outlets like CNN and the New York Times, both outraged over the op-ed, it’s not sexist to go after a woman for modeling but holding the belief only medical doctors should carry the Dr. honorific is.
The WSJ piece is not sexist, and even the angry folks who can’t believe their eyes know that. The question is whether Epstein is right.
“It’s pretentious” to carry the Dr. title in this case, Loesch claims. Pretentious sums it up well.
Ever notice it’s always those with doctorates in education, film studies, or some study no one has heard of who demand to be addressed a certain way?
Tourist: “Excuse me, sir, can you direct me to the nearest McDonald’s?”
Androgynous stranger: “Don’t you mean, ‘Can you direct me, Doctor Johnson?'”
Yeah, we’ve all been there.