‘Qantas’ has been slammed by an academic after the flight attendant called her ‘Miss’ rather than ‘Doctor’ during her recent trip.
Dr. Siobhan O’Dwyer took it to social media to complain about the incident.
Her tweet read:
“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.”
More than 8,000 people have liked her post since, but it sparked quite the debate of whether Dr. O’Dwyer, who has a PhD in Philosophy, was right or wrong in the situation.
Some people said that Dr. O’Dwyer complaining about the mistake is a clear sign that she needs an ego boost, while others thought that it’s disrespectful not to call her doctor.
Other female academics supported the doctor. Dr. Mel Thomson wrote:
“You have all of the solidarity on this issue.
I’m first gen to finish high school (let alone get several degrees) in my family … I’ll be damned is some trolley dolly gets to decide what honorific I get called, FFS.”
Hmm, it seems like Dr. Thomspon forgot that “two wrongs don’t make a right”, and what people picked up from her tweet was the doctor calling someone a “trolley dolly”.
An air steward replied to her tweet:
“Please don’t refer to us as trolley dollies. We may not have completed a PhD however we are required by law 2 maintain quals that enable us to evacuate an aircraft in 90 secs, keep you alive in-flight, prevent hijacking, put out fires etc.”
To which she added:
“I have always used the correct honorific. And I have always been especially careful to ensure I used it when I saw it on a woman’s boarding pass as I was proud to be able to support the woman and her achievements in a male-centric world.
“You’ve just gone and sh*t on that with your condescending comment about us.”
In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, Qantas said that they stood by the professionalism of their cabin crew. The statement read:
“We are extremely proud of our cabin crew who respectfully serve our customers day in and day out and play a vital safety role.”
People have been divided over her reasoning of the incident. Some think that she’s making a mountain out of a molehill, while others say that it’s a clear example of sexism.
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