Don't 'Act Like a Lady': US School Reportedly Drops 'Sexist' Quote Amid Backlash

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The caption’s “sexist” quotation hadn't drawn much attention until someone posted it on social media and spread it under the #MeToo hashtag. Under pressure from the public, the school was forced to replace the quote with another, now by a Nobel Prize laureate.

A scandal broke out on social media after a Twitter user posted a photo of Gregory-Lincoln Middle School in Houston with a quote caption on one of its walls, which the author of the tweet branded "sexist, misogynistic, and discriminatory." The quote read "the more you act like a lady, the more he'll act like a gentleman."

According to the user, the quote, attributed to Sydney Biddle Barrows, also known as Mayflower Madam — the founder of the New York escort service, shamed women and relinquished men of any responsibility for their misconduct.

The tweet, which gathered 25,000 likes and 9,500 reports, prompted school authorities to replace the quote caption with another one — this time by Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Still, despite the widespread backlash against the caption at the school, many twitterians blasted those offended by it, suggesting that they are looking for a tempest in a teapot

or are overthinking the quote's meaning.

Some even said that the quote is not that far from the truth and is actually worth considering.

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