Sign Referencing Civil War Hero Is Sexual Harassment, Says Massachusetts Lawmaker

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'Here's a twist on the debate over public monuments to problematic figures like Confederate leaders: A Massachusetts state lawmaker wants to censor references to a man who scored Civil War era wins against the Confederacy. Her reasoning? That man's name is Joseph Hooker.
State Rep. Michelle DuBois (D-Plymouth) disagrees. She has been calling for the removal of a statehouse sign that reads "General Hooker Entrance" (so inscribed because it stands opposite a statue of General Hooker), which she described as an affront to "women's dignity."

"Female staffers don't use that entrance because the sign is offensive to them," DuBois told WBZ-TV this week.
Of course, DuBois is positioning herself as a crusader against sex-based harassment and patriarchy. But attitudes like hers—which treat women as excessively fragile beings, and which posit that female "dignity" is diminished by even so slight an association with sex work as walking under a door that says "hooker"—just props up old-fashioned and patriarchal ideas about sex and gender.'

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... considered a waste of taxpayer money. Is this sort of foolishness what her constituents sent her there to blather about?

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There's a street where I live named Hooker.

I have a female friend who once owned a house on Hooker. We had a big laugh about her living on Hooker street but I never really knew the history of the man it was named after. Now I know.

As to the female legislator's complaint, if women want to be taken seriously about sexual harassment, perhaps they should stick to serious issues.

Or stay home and bake cookies.

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