A New Jersey Catholic high school is under fire for asking girl students to take a no-swearing pledge for 30 days because it says, “We want ladies to act like ladies.”
Queen Of Peace High School in North Arlington, NJ, asked female students to make this sexist pledge on Friday during homeroom:
“I do solemnly swear not to use profanities of any kind within the walls and properties of Queen of Peace High School. In other words, I swear not to swear. So help me God.”
Lori Flynn, the teacher who organized the no-swearing ban, told the male students, “Gentlemen, you are not to swear in the presence of ladies.” However, boy students did not have to make a public pledge. Why? Because boys will (apparently) stop swearing once girls do! To quote NorthJersey.com:
“Teachers said they hoped that if the girls focused on cleaning up their speech on campus for a month, their improved manners would take hold and rub off on the boys.”
You read that correctly: the school is just putting the burden of setting a good example on the girls. Boys will be boys, eh?
Queen Of Peace students interviewed by NorthJersey.com said that it’s blatantly untrue the girls swear more. In fact, the author of Why We Curse, Timothy Jay, confirmed men typically swear more. (He also noted that cussing bans pretty much never work.)
Clearly the school finds it more noticeable and objectionable when the girls curse, which is why girls are held to a different standard. Girls were asked not to pledge anywhere on campus, yet boys were merely asked not to curse when “ladies” are around.
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