Do you think this lady was in the right to demand being called ‘doctor’ while on a flight?
The Internet is abuzz and divided (as usual) after a doctor took to Twitter to express her disappointment at what she called ‘everyday sexism’ when Qantas personnel did not address her per her title, instead using ‘Miss.’
Hey @Qantas, my name is Dr O’Dwyer. My ticket says Dr O’Dwyer. Do not look at my ticket, look at me, look back at my ticket, decide it’s a typo, and call me Miss O’Dwyer. I did not spend 8 years at university to be called Miss.
— Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer (@Siobhan_ODwyer) August 31, 2018
Dr. Siobhan O’ Dwyer, a senior lecturer in Aging and Family Care at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom with a PhD said that the incident was not about her ego, but added that the flight attendant would probably have kept to using ‘doctor’ if it was a man.
“Copping so much flack for this tweet. This was not about my ego. It was about highlighting one of a thousand instances of sexism that women encounter every day. It’s not about the title, it’s about the fact that this wouldn’t have happened if I was a man,” she wrote in response to the backlash her original tweet received.
It’s doing the rounds and has so far racked up more than 8, 000 likes, with conversations in the thread either supporting her or telling she overreacted.
Wow, responses to this are a nasty blend of anti-intellectualism and sexism. 🙁
— Dr Darren Saunders (@whereisdaz) September 3, 2018
Please don’t refer to us as trolley dollys. We may not have completed a PhD however we are required by law 2 maintain quals that enable us 2 evacuate an aircraft in 90secs, keep u alive inflight, prevent hijackings, put out fires etc. I have always used the correct honorific.
— Belleo (@Happylittleveg) September 4, 2018
It’s petty tbh. An academic title shouldn’t be used outside uni or for non-academic purposes. Even medical dr didn’t use their title outside the hospital. In fact most of us don’t even like to use the title when flying so that we can enjoy bottomless alcohol and sleep 🙄
— PU Iz : A gay with straight A’s (@IzHalik) September 6, 2018
The barrage has caused O’ Dwyer to ask Twitter to filter out threatening messages.
“Sincere apologies if you’ve contacted me for a legitimate reason & not had a response,” she wrote on Thursday.
“In an effort to filter out the vitriol, Twitter has inadvertently filtered out some of the kindness & genuine enquiries. Bear with.”
Qantas however in a statement to Yahoo said they are ‘extremely proud’ of their cabin crew who serve customers day in and day out.
“Our crew treat all passengers with the utmost respect, regardless of age, gender, and occupation.”
What do you think of the situation?