A Catholic high school in New Jersey made the news recently for having its students take a pledge in which they promised not to swear at school during the month of February. Correction, the female students had to take the pledge; male students were exempt and instead were merely asked not to curse in front of the girls. Because cussin’ ain’t ladylike, y’all!!
If the mere pledge wasn’t enough, the girls were also given pins that have a red line through a pair of pink lips (which you can kind of see in the photo here). I’m sorry, to me that means “no talking” more than “no cursing.” The girls were also promised lollipops for compliance. Lollipops!! For teenage girls, not kindergarteners. I cannot. Meanwhile, they hope that the boys will just follow the girls’ good example and give up swearing on their own to be gentlemen. Girls are weak; they need pledges and prizes to give up swearing! Because it’s gross and unattractive for them to behave in such a fashion! But boys will just do the “right” thing for its own sake, and if they don’t, well, boys will be boys! Are. You. Fucking. Kidding. Me.
It’s just another example of society holding women to a different standard than men, and I’m sick of it. Fine, maybe I’m slightly sensitive about this issue because my one and only trip to the principal’s office in high school was because I was cursing, and I got a demerit along with a lecture (from the male vice-principal) about how that sort of language wasn’t ladylike. I don’t fucking care if it fits some arbitrary definition of how “ladies” are supposed to act!