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Syracuse University
Doctor in the house

A British pediatrician in Cambridge, Dr. Louise Selby, discovers that the security code will not admit her to the women’s locker room at Pure Gym. The reason: The security system is set up to assume that all members with the title Dr. are men. Dr. Selby is irate, is well she might be. Of course, one might also wonder why Dr. Selby thought it necessary to preface her name with her title on a gym membership. The issue of how to use what the Associated Press Stylebook calls “courtesy titles” shows where house style intersects with a number of social and class values and expectations, like the assumption that if you are a doctor you are male. The AP Stylebook likes to...