MSNBC Writer Suggests Ladies Change Twitter Handles to 'Reflect Their Credentials', It Backfires Big Time

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Hard to believe it (or maybe not), but we are now four days into the backlash over the “offensive” piece that was published Saturday in the Wall Street Journal where writer/lecturer Joseph Epstein suggested Jill Biden drop the “Dr” from her name because she was not actually a medical doctor.

The media, Democrats, leftists in academia, Mrs. Biden’s comms team, and Mrs. Biden herself all condemned Epstein’s column, accusing him of being a misogynist pig for daring to make such a suggestion, even though in the very same piece Epstein was an equal opportunity critic when it came to both women and men (including male celebrities) who he believed should not hold the title of “doctor.”

He also gave his reasons for why he felt “the prestige of honorary doctorates has declined” over the last few decades, which were also conveniently ignored in the mad rush to white knight for Mrs. Biden by way of canceling Epstein.

In any event, on day four of the Great December Outrage of 2020, MSNBC columnist and noted “feminist” Liz Plank took to the Twitter machine to express her solidarity with Mrs. Biden, and to urge women everywhere to stand up to the patriarchy by boldly changing their Twitter handles to “reflect their credentials”:

Ms. Plank’s plea went over about as well as the Obama administration’s attempts at hashtag diplomacy during his eight years in office. In other words, it didn’t go well:

There’s plenty more where that came from.

Arguably the best response was from the Twitter user who pointed out that this debate was NOT a gender issue:

As I noted before, the debate over the use of the title “doctor” by the Ph.D and Ed.D crowd is not really my hill to die on, but cancel culture and the dishonest playing of the woman/sexism card over these types of criticisms are. And the “sexism!” cries in this discussion are insulting and demeaning to true feminists everywhere.

Yes, people who work their way through college and earn their degrees have much to be proud of and should be able to wear their titles like a badge of honor. But there’s a certain pretentiousness and something arrogantly self-serving about demanding people address you by technical titles that don’t apply in the real world beyond academic settings. That goes double when women erupt into fits of the vapors when someone criticizes them for doing so.

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