Liz Markovits: Objects to title used by columnist John Fox

Friday, November 24, 2017
Objects to title used by columnist

In regards to John Fox’s Nov. 17 guest column (“Responds to column opposing Town Meeting”), the mansplaining of women’s participation and democracy speaks for itself.

I only want to ask that when a title is used for me, it be the correct one. That title would be Dr. or Professor.

To be clear, I use my first name in the classroom and among colleagues. In general, I prefer to avoid any titles that invoke gender, marital status or hierarchy. But to mistitle a woman with a doctorate is part of a much larger dynamic of misogyny and privilege, one which too often marks debate in even the most progressive of towns, and which we all have a responsibility to root out.

Liz Markovits


The writer, an associate professor of politics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, wrote the original column to which John Fox responded.