Apr 242013



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I loved the photo of my husband and me with our friends that you printed (Scene Around: Festival of Hope, April 19). What I did not love was the way you completely erased the professional identities of the women while promoting those of the men.

The caption to the photo read: “Drs. Raj Sidhu and Keith Begelman with their wives, Nicole Sidhu and Raquel Begelman.” Both Raquel and I are professional women with identities of our own. I am an associate professor of English at East Carolina University and hold a doctorate, so if you were using that title for the men, you ought to have used it for me, too.

Raquel Begelman is a nurse who is working on her master’s degree in nursing. It is the year 2013, when medical doctors come in either gender and spouses of medical doctors are also often professionals. It would be nice if, at some point, The Daily Reflector would show us that it lives in 2013, instead of 1953.


Associate Professor of English

East Carolina University

via The Daily Reflector.


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