Northwestern distances itself from former lecturer after controversial op-ed urging Jill Biden to drop 'Dr.' title

华盛顿州 Northwestern University is distancing itself from a former lecturer who called on incoming first lady Jill Biden to stop using theDr.honorific because she has a doctorate in education, not an MD.

The school said in a 声明 on Saturday that it disagrees with themisogynistic viewsof Joseph Epstein, an author and former professor at the Illinois school who wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Friday that Biden should drop theDr.because itsounds and feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic.
Addressing Biden askiddo,” Epstein wrote in part: “A bit of advice on what may seem like a small but I think is a not unimportant matter. Any chance you might drop the ‘Dr.before your name?”
Epstein, the university said, has not been a lecturer there since 2003 — clarifying Epstein’s statement in the piece that he hadtaught at Northwestern University for 30 years without a doctorate or any advanced degree.
    While we firmly support academic freedom and freedom of expression, 我们不同意先生. 爱泼斯坦的观点和看法认为,获得博士学位的任何人都应该任命医生。, 编辑. or an M.D.,the school’s statement said.
    Northwestern’s English Department similarly shunned Epstein’s comments, describing them in a separate statement as anunmerited aspersionon Biden’srightful public claiming of her doctoral credentials and expertise.
    Northwestern also removed Epstein’s profile from its website.
    In response to a request for comment Sunday, Epstein, an author and essayist, told CNN in an email, “没有意见, apart from saying that I thought mine a lightly humorous piece, but I fear there isn’t much humor in the world, especially among the politically correct.
    He had concluded his piece by writing, “As for your Ed.D., Madame First Lady, hard-earned though it may have been, please consider stowing it, at least in public, 至少现在(是. Forget the small thrill of being Dr. 吉尔, and settle for the larger thrill of living for the next four years in the best public housing in the world as First Lady Jill Biden.
    CNN has previously reported that Biden plans to continue to teach while serving as first lady.
    Biden’s spokesman, Michael LaRosa, called the op-ed adisgusting and sexist attack” 在一个 鸣叫 addressing the Journal’s opinion pages editor that called for the piece’s removal.
    If you had any respect for women at all you would remove this repugnant display of chauvinism from your paper and apologize to her,” 他写了.
    CNN has reached out to the Wall Street Journal for comment.
    Biden received her doctorate in education from the University of Delaware in January of 2007, according to her official biography. She is usually addressed in public with theDr.honorific, and official documents typically include it before her name.
    CNN’s longtime policy only refers to medical doctors asDr.in its reporting, per its stylebook.
    Epstein met swift backlash online following the op-ed’s publication, including from Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who argued in a 鸣叫 那个 “would never have been written about a man.
    “博士. Biden earned her degrees through hard work and pure grit. She is an inspiration to me, to her students, and to Americans across this country,” Emhoff wrote.
      Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, also took issue with Epstein’s piece, expressing his discontent in his own 鸣叫.
      The author could’ve used fewer words to just say ‘ya know in my day we didn’t have to respect women,'” 他写了.

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