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A 'Misogynistic' Quote Above A Middle School's Lockers Has Gone Viral Online

by Elzaan Van der merwe

As long as we can remember there, people have been designing quotes about their own sayings and the sayings of others. These quotes have helped motivate us, whether it's in our daily lives, at work or even when you go to the gym to work out.

It's inspiring and you feel uplifted when you read these quotes. The best part is that they are all over the internet for anyone to see at any time of the day. But then you also get the quotes that are not so inspiring and motivating. 

One such quote has surfaced in a Houston ISD elementary and middle school named Gregory-Lincoln Education Center. The quote was stuck on a part of the wall above the lockers for everyone to see.

The quote read, "The more you act like a lady, the more he'll act like a gentleman."

Lisa Beckman received the photo from one of her friends and posted it to Twitter with a saying of her own, "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, misogynistic, and discriminatory! I'm horrified."

Lisa also said that she wrote to the principal of the school, to resolve this problem.

A teacher at the school who wanted to stay anonymous, says that she can't believe that a school would put something like this up in 2018. "To me, it meant that girls need to take responsibility, not only for their own actions but for whatever the boys to us as well and I just didn’t feel like that was an image of the equality and self-determination that, we as a district or myself as a mother, want to portray."

"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 better choices in the future," the teacher said.

A lot of people on Twitter claimed that Lisa photoshopped the whole thing, but just a couple of hours after she posted it the HISD released a statement to confirm the photo was real. The statement read, "The quote does not align with HISD values, and it will be taken down."

And do you know where this ridiculous quote comes from? It comes from Sydney Biddle Barrows. For those of you who don't know her, she was the owner of an escort agency in New York.

She was also later known as "Mayflower Madam", and in 1984 she was disbanded after pleading guilty to promoting prostitution. 

Another Twitter user immediately noticed the quote

Last week Friday when Lisa posted it on Twitter it already received more than 2,000 likes and 1,000 retweets by 6:00 pm that evening. A lot of people were and still are upset about the nature of the quote and that it was placed in a middle school of all places.

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