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Texas School Removes Sexist Quote About Ladies and Gentlemen

The school has yet to comment on the matter.

@lbeckman Twitter

A Houston, Texas school has taken down what many are calling a sexist quote that was posted above student lockers for five years, after a controversy surrounding its use spread to social media. The quote read: “The more you act like a lady, the more he’ll act like a gentleman.”

The photo was taken inside of the Gregory-Lincoln Education Center, by a friend of Lisa H. Beckman. When Beckman’s friend posted the picture to Facebook, Beckman got permission to share it, and once the picture hit Twitter it was liked over 20,000 times.  

“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,” Beckman wrote in the caption. “It’s sexist, misogynistic, and discriminatory! I’m horrified.”

According to Beckman, the quote was set to be taken down within 10 minutes of her posting the image to Twitter. Tough Beckman was “outraged” the second she saw the picture, she still believes that it’s about more than “just a quote on a wall, it’s how women in this country are treated.”

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The quote can be attributed to Sydney Barrows, a businesswoman and former owner of a prominent escort agency in Manhattan, New York before she was arrested in 1984. While the quote, especially given its origin, is without question pointed, many have pushed back and said that the quote is not spreading a sexist message.

Still, there seemed to be a consensus that while mutual respect is always a good thing between people, the quote clearly puts the onus on women and encourages a highly conditional brand of respect.

One parent even chimed in with similar experience and attitude at other Texas schools.

The school was contacted for comment by CNN but has yet to say anything public beyond the fact that the quote was being taken down immediately.