Thanks to the tears and grievances of left-wing activists, a Texas middle school has been forced to remove a wall decal that contained an otherwise sensible quote about good behavior.
“The more you act like a lady, the more he’ll act like a gentleman,” the quote at Houston’s Gregory-Lincoln Middle School had read prior to its removal.
Now take a look at the actual quote itself courtesy the outrage tweet that triggered this now viral controversy:
This is the wall at Gregory-Lincoln Middle School in Houston ISD.
It’s perpetuating horrible gender stereotypes, shaming women, and relinquishing boys of all responsibility. It’s sexist, mysogonistic, and discriminatory!
— lbeckman (@lbeckman) August 17, 2018
Local resident Lisa Beckman tweeted the photo Friday afternoon and accused the quote of “perpetuating horrible gender stereotypes, shaming women and relinquishing boys of all responsibility.” She added that the photo was actually snapped by a friend of hers.
Widespread left-wing outrage promptly ensued as her tweet went viral. Look:
I hope this isn’t real.
— Caron Craig (@CaronCraig) August 17, 2018
OMFG!!!! Is this a public school? And if so, why hasn’t some parent, or a group of students, raised holy living hell? This is disgusting! If my daughter went to this school & I saw this, she wouldn’t be there for long.
— Yoni (@YoniMarten) August 18, 2018
This is bullshit! Gregory-Lincoln Middle, wtf??? (My creds: I effing taught middle school students in public school, grade 8 for 10 years, grade 6 for 20 years.) My advice: STOP enabling THE PATRIARCHY! Among like a hundred other things!
— nyclady (@zuchnik) August 18, 2018
This is absurd. Exactly why the #metoo movement started. Women should not be held responsible for the way a man chooses to react to her. I’ve gotten unwanted attention wearing baggy jeans and a huge hooded sweater. A man should be able to have self control no matter what.
— Tanya Littman (@LittmanTanya) August 18, 2018
Some leftists argued that the school should have used a less gender-specific quote, such as “respect yourself and others will respect you” or “respect earns respect.”
But the feverish cries of sexism, misogyny, discrimination and blah, blah, blah by Beckman and the left-wing media were just silly, many others on Twitter maintained.
It’s not misogynistic. https://t.co/uTGIlVHcnB
— Evil Red Kid (@_SOURKIDZ_) August 18, 2018
I fail to see the misogyny.
I must not have been properly indoctrinated. https://t.co/3xGdXj6fUN
— Yanche (@seventrynews) August 18, 2018
Literally nothing wrong with this quote.
— Richard (@Mvice89) August 18, 2018
Misogyny = hatred of women. WTF is misogynistic about that quote?
— Rat Fink (@shmidtBC) August 18, 2018
The quote came from a woman, Sydney Biddle Barrows, a fact that essentially disproves the sexism and misogyny accusation.
Barrows was an infamous madame during the 1970s and 1980s. That a school chose to highlight a quote by a former female pimp seems far more troubling than the quote itself.
“I don’t think that’s probably the example, a Madame, that we want to be setting for our children and students and maybe with a little bit more research, we can make a better choices in the future,” one anonymous Gregory-Lincoln Middle School teacher said to local station KHOU.
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