This Texas school painted an extremely misogynistic quote on the wall
A Texas school received a whole wave of backlash when someone publicly shared a gross, misogynistic quote painted on the wall. Just above the lockers at Gregory-Lincoln Middle School in Houston, in black lettering, it reads: “The more you act like a lady, the more he’ll act like a gentleman.”
Yup, the rest of the internet is dry heaving right along with you.
The wave of disgust began when a Houston Independent School District employee took to Twitter to share a picture she snapped of the sexist quote.
“This is the wall at Gregory-Lincoln Middle School in Houston ISD,” @lbeckman tweeted. “It’s perpetuating horrible gender stereotypes, shaming women, and relinquishing boys of all responsibility. It’s sexist, misogynistic, and discriminatory!”
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
Beckman’s picture was retweeted 5,000 times and hundreds of comments poured in. People couldn’t believe that a school would reinforce such awful, backwards ideas.
"So remember girls, if he's treating you horribly then you had it coming. Now enjoy class!" - the people who put this up apparently.— oh. my. god. ugh, Becky, look. It's Lady V. (@valkyrie_art) August 17, 2018
Ah yes. Another impossible responsibility to heap on our girls. How about boys behave like gentlemen no matter how another acts towards them? It’s called character.— Allieblahblah (@Allieblahblah) August 17, 2018
Here. Fixed it for you. pic.twitter.com/QvACYGoGrv— lil’tweeter (@TweetsABitNow) August 17, 2018
Oh yeah, and one Twitter user figured out that the quote was attributed to Sydney Biddle Barrows, a madam who started a New York City escort service and reportedly used this saying with her employees.
Quote from Sydney Biddle Barrows, an American businesswoman who became known as an escort agency owner under the name Sheila Devin; she later became known as the Mayflower Madam. #TheMoreYouKnow— Jolyn Brand (@jolyn3208) August 17, 2018
Some hopped into the conversation and said that they thought the backlash was a complete overreaction, which is one of the more irksome things I’ve seen on the internet today. Girls shouldn’t be taught that they are responsible for boy’s bad behavior towards them. Boys shouldn’t be taught that there’s some sort of standard girls need the adhere to in order for them to be treated with respect.
Basically, let’s take gender out of the equation and just go with something classic and super basic like: “Treat people the way you would like to be treated.”
According to ABC13, the quote has been on the school’s wall for the past five years. After this social media backlash hit, the school district released a statement saying that the sentiment did not “align with HISD values.”
“Please be advised that the quote on the wall of Gregory Lincoln PK-5 Education Center has been removed,” they added. “Overnight, the wall decal letters were taken down, the wall was floated out, and new slab of drywall was installed and painted.”