A Houston, Texas, school scrambled to remove a quote displayed above a row of lockers after it was described as “sexist, misogynistic, and discriminatory.”
A Twitter post shows a photo of the quote, a large wall decal that reads: “The more you act like a lady, the more he’ll act like a gentleman.”
Where did this happen?
The words were displayed at Gregory-Lincoln Education Center for the Performing and Visual Arts in the Houston Independent School District, according to published reports.
The quote caused an uproar on social media Friday and was removed by Saturday morning, KTRK-TV reported.
Twitter user @lbeckman wrote that the quote is “perpetuating horrible gender stereotypes, shaming women, and relinquishing boys of all responsibility. It’s sexist, mysogonistic, and discriminatory!”
She added: “I’m horrified,” followed by the #MeToo hashtag.
What is the quote from?
Here’s the twist. The quote is attributed to Sydney Biddle Barrows, the former “Mayflower Madam,” who owned an escort service in New York City. She later became a management consultant and a writer.
“I think we’re reinforcing stereotypes,” Houston ISD parent Tish Ochoa, whose friend took the picture, told KTRK. “I mean, look at the climate in which we’re living in. We’re supposed to be teaching people to be responsible for their own actions. What is this teaching little girls?”
Other Twitter users were not offended by the quote and said it promotes showing mutual respect.
After removing it, the school district released the following statement: “Please be advised that the quote on the wall of Gregory Lincoln PK-5 Education Center has been removed. Overnight, the wall decal letters were taken down, the wall was floated out, and new slab of drywall was installed and painted.”