In a move that some Catholic school girls have deemed sexist, a teacher at a New Jersey high school has asked her female students to take a no cursing pledge while not requiring the same of her male students.
"We want ladies to act like ladies," Queen of Peace High School teacher Lori Flynn told the Bergen Record
Although boys did not take a similar oath, Flynn told male students at the school in North Arlington, "Gentlemen, you are not to swear in the presence of ladies."
"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," the oath reads, according to the Record.
Teachers interviewed acknowledged the disparity between the treatment of female and male students with regards to the oath. The teachers, however, defended their decision by saying they hoped the good manners of the girls would eventually rub off on the boys, which they felt would be more effective than having the boys take a similar pledge.
The no-cursing initiative coincides with Catholic Schools Week, in which parochial schools reach out to the local community with open houses and other activities for students, families, and parishioners.
Students interviewed by The Record weren't opposed to the oath.
It's a “good idea, but putting it into action is the problem," said 16-year-old Kaitlin McEnery.
A similar sentiment was shared by fellow student Kathleen McLaren, 17, who told The Record that cursing is "part of everyone’s vocabulary but it doesn’t make you look educated."
Male students interviewed by The Record seemed to be in agreement.
"It’s unattractive when girls have potty mouths," quipped Nicholas Recarte, 16.
Regarding the request that boys abstain from cursing while in the company of the fairer sex, Recarte acknowledged that as the school's baseball pitcher, he can't help but shout obscenities while on the mound when things go wrong.
Also reflecting on the request that boys not curse while girls are present, fellow student and new driver, Bobby Keegan, 17, added, "We all get road rage. But I will try to cut down a little. I’m respectful and chivalrous."
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