“This story would never have been written about a man,” he says
The Wall Street Journal earlier published an op-ed where essayist Joseph Epstein urged Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, to “drop the doc” in her name, claiming it sounded “fraudulent” and “a touch comic”.
Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, on Saturday slammed an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal for urging Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden – a doctor of education – to “drop the doc” in her name. Unlike in some countries, Americans tend to only refer to themselves as ‘doctor’ if they practice medicine; however, the appellation can technically be used by anyone with a doctorate in any field of study.
Emhoff indirectly denounced the publication for sexism, while defended Jill Biden’s title, as he tweeted on Saturday afternoon that she was “an inspiration” to him, as well as her students, and “Americans across this country”.
In the WSJ op-ed on 11 December essayist Joseph Epstein, a lecturer at Northwestern University, had referred to Joe Biden’s wife as “Madame First Lady—Mrs. Biden—Jill—kiddo.”
He then added that “Dr. Jill Biden” sounded and felt “fraudulent, not to say a touch comic.”
Underscoring that Jill Biden’s degree was “an Ed.D., a doctor of education, earned at the University of Delaware through a dissertation with the unpromising title Student Retention at the Community College Level: Meeting Students’ Needs”, Epstein added:
“A wise man once said that no one should call himself ‘Dr.’ unless he has delivered a child.”