MENU

Reason.com

Free Minds & Free Markets

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

Rep. Michelle DuBois wants to remove a statehouse sign that reads "General Hooker Entrance" because it is an affront to "women's dignity."

@RepDuBois/Twitter@RepDuBois/TwitterHere'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.

As we're all aware, General Hooker's last name became slang for "someone who has sex for money." Today, "hooker" is widely considered a slur by folks in the sex-work community. Yet as far as I'm aware, there have't been any sex worker campaigns to remove references to Joseph Hooker from public view—presumably because most well-adjusted people realize that words have different meanings in different contexts.

"There are all sorts of benign words in our language that sound like words unfit for polite company," writes Jon Keller at CBS Boston, offering Uranus and clap as further examples. "And they offer us an opportunity to teach snickering kids about Civil War history or outer space—and about showing respect for others while avoiding making fools of ourselves."

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.

If that isn't the ultimate in futile, fainting-couch feminism, I'm not sure what is.

DuBois also complained that she had heard teen boys joke with teen girls that they were "general hookers" while using the door.

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.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post stated that Hooker had famously defeated Confederate General Robert E. Lee in battle, when it's really the other way around. (We should have paid more attention to those Ken Burns documentaries after all.) The opening paragraph has been edited to remove this reference.

Photo Credit: @RepDuBois/Twitter

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Christ, what an asshole.

    presumably because most well-adjusted people realize that words have different meanings in different contexts.

    This rules out every career politician, of course.

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    Please do not insult assholes by associating them with this woman.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    You means she hasn't got one and so is full of shit?

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    Apparently all the shit spews out of her mouth.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Man, next she is gonna be demanding they rename the street named after legendary Revolutionary War General Richard Rapist.

  • CE||

    Hopefully the next target for removal is the Rapiscan machines the TSA uses at airports.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that snickers at that every time.

  • Zeb||

    Is there a city that isn't?

  • Zeb||

    I don't know. Most cities seem pretty similarly shitty to me. And Boston has its charms. Depends what part you go to, I guess.

  • A_Spellman||

    The people of San Francisco, as we have learned, are truly not full of sh*t. They can't be, it's all over the ground.

  • NoVaNick||

    Born there and grew up outside of Boston, so perhaps I'm biased, but SF is a (much) bigger shithole. For the most part, Bostonians still mind there own business despite the rehtahded politicians they elect.

  • mondo_cane||

    Sorry NoVaNick, New England is in a class all its own. It's the self-righteous, holier than thou attitude the people of this strange place have had since before the Revolutionary War, and it hasn't changed. Everything is illegal in Boston.

    San Francisco is offbeat and strange, but the people are very open-minded and fairly nice for a large metro area. And they would not think of doing this in any way.

    If there's a shithole in the US, it is New England and primarily Massachusetts, by public acclamation. The people are for the most part like aliens from another planet. They must be. I've seen men driving cars with no shirt, men running around in the middle of winter in shorts. WTF?

    The shirtless thing seems to be a major Massachusetts cultural thing. Culture; using the term loosely.

    And yet, the simple-minded people of Massachusetts think bigots only exist in the South. Ha. An Alabaman or Mississippian would never be so tasteless and arrogant as Bostonians.

    Bostonian speech is not understandable by English speaking Americans. Someone must tell them that there are "Rs" in some words.

    Civilization goes to Massachusetts to die.

  • Earth Skeptic||

    Yup. New England, home of progressive Puritanism (not a contradiction, read Woodard's American Nations).

    Fuck 'em.

  • NoVaNick||

    Yes, Mass has a long tradition of prog puritanism and many of the politicians they elect reflect this-but the average Joe/Jane "Masshole" who you meet on the street is not like this at all (except in places like Cambridge or Brookline) . They find ways to get around or the stupid laws the progs enact.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    *Sticks a shotgun in his mouth*

  • Flaco||

    Never mind.

  • DarrenM||

    I hear guns are phallic symbols.

  • albo||

    *sighs, shakes head, stands up*
    I must go now. My planet needs me.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    Another right-wing terrorist is born.

  • Chumby||

    Planet Hooker?

  • John||

    This is what happens when you check out of reality and start thinking words have magic powers of their own, which pretty much every Prog did long ago.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    They are having a similar problem in Germany.

  • Brandybuck||

    When I stayed in Germany, my maid was "Mrs. Hitler".

  • Gaear Grimsrud||

    That name would look great on a vanity license plate.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Seindeld beat you to it.
    Cosmo Kramer, MD, proctologist

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2X_XNdmWws

  • gaoxiaen||

    *Seinfeld

  • NoVaNick||

    I'm from there and never even knew about this sign until this lady brought it to my attention. I have now spent the past 10 min laughing hysterically, so thanks to her for that.

  • Microaggressor||

    But how are the hookers supposed to know where to go?

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    Backpage.com

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    I don't imagine hookers want to go in there. Unlike politicians, hookers do honest work.

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    +10

  • Francisco d'Anconia||

    *slow clap*

  • Microaggressor||

    You're right. At first I thought it was just making a clever statement about politicians being hookers of some sort. But that's an insult to hookers.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    When a prostitute screws you, at least you enjoy it.

  • BYODB||

    At least until the inevitable STD kicks in.

  • Longtobefree||

    We have technology for that - - - - -

  • Mickey Rat||

    And you don't have to accept their services.

  • KevinP||

    What's the difference between a Hooker and a politican like DuBois?

    A Hooker takes your money, screws you, and you feel happy!

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    I though hooking was a way to empower women and their sexuality? Well, so I was told in the 70s.

    Perhaps we should call this a post-feminism issue.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Prostitutes used to be feminist heroines: first women to own properties and business, setters of fashion trends, and so on. Now they are victims, like everyone else.

  • Mickey Rat||

    They all slaves now, don'tcha know?

  • Devastator||

    I miss the days when feminism was about empowerment and standing up for your rights. Now it seems to be all about victimhood and how unfair the patriarchy is and "where's mine?" . It's a shame.

  • JFree||

    That is precisely why it should be renamed.

    Special Hooker Safe Space might work

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    to the man who scored Civil War era wins against Lee and lots of other Confederate leaders

    Um, Hooker had his clock cleaned by Lee at Chancellorsville. I don't recall any engagement where Hooker won (he may have been a division or corps commander in some winning battles run by somebody else but never as an army commander).

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    This guy has seen his Ken Burns: The Civil War.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    Actually not; read a fair number of books on the subject. Yeah, I know, print is dead.

    Excuse me, I've got to go outside and run some of those damned kids off my lawn.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    Just don't throw a book at them, they may get confused.

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    Just tell them it's an ancient analog prototype for an Ipad. :)

  • A_Spellman||

    Then they'll whine about the backlight being broken

  • Fuck you, Shikha (Nunya)||

    Then sell them book lights for $100.

    Also, iPads suck for reading. Kindle paper white rules.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    If you enjoy Civil War history, I highly recommend it. It's on Netflix right now.

  • 68W58||

    Probably Lee's most stunning victory.

  • John||

    I think Second Manassas was.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Lee's most stunning victory was getting to keep the seat up in the outhouse at his mansion.

  • Chumby||

    I think it was having his statue erected in many cities...until 2017.

  • John||

    Hooker was a division commander. He was a better political maneuverer than anything else. Hooker wanted McClellen to attack Richmond during the peninsula campaign rather than wait and then eventually fall back as Lee attacked during the Seven Days. Hooker was wounded at Antietam and then spent his time in the hospital in Washington running down his superiors telling them how he should be in charge. After Burnside spit the bit at Fredericksburg, he got his chance.

    The thing about Chancellorsville is that as vicious as Lee's flanking was, it didn't destroy the Union Army. Chancellorsville was no worse of a defeat for the Union than the Wilderness. The Union still held the field and was across the Rappahannock after both battles. The difference between the two was Hooker fell apart and retreated and Grant kept his cool and kept coming.

    Hooker used to sign his orders from "Headquarters in the Saddle" which caused a reporter to say after Chancellorsville that "Hooker had his headquarters where his hindquarters ought to be". I always liked that.

  • Jimoxe||

    I thought Pope said that.

  • Elizabeth Nolan Brown||

    D'oh. This went through both me (obviously) and an editor. I won't name names. But thanks for the heads up! We just corrected and noted it at the bottom.

  • John||

    Hooker didn't win much of anything as a commander. Few Union commanders not named Grant or Sherman did.

  • joebwan||

    He had one good day, though with Grant in charge. /nerd.

  • John||

    Yeah. I always forget about Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain. You always remember Chickamauga and the Atlanta campaign but somehow I always forget those two.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Missionary is next on the chopping block.

  • Chumby||

    We know your position on this.

  • Fuck you, Shikha (Nunya)||

    Over Chickamauga?

    I'll never be over Chickamauga.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    I think of these more as Grant's victories, though that's the tragedy of war, I suppose. The gallantry of under officers and enlisted men laid at the feet of the Top Man. Lee's no different.

    I don't mean it's undeserving, Grant and Lee made it through a crucible that burned up many other military men. But they didn't charge up Lookout Mountain nor hold road at Fredricksburg.

  • Jimoxe||

    George Thomas at Nashville, then Franklin.
    Completely destroyed the Confederate Army under Hood.
    Grant or Sherman never did that.

  • Ride 'Em||

    Thomas won a few. Chattanooga would not have been won if not for Thomas as Sherman got bogged down on the flank. Thomas was very under appreciated because he was from Virginia and fought for the north. He was a very capable general.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    We need a name, ENB.

  • SIV||

    Haha!

    Editors, yeah right...

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Was clock cleaning some sort of ritual between commanders?

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    In the Civil War there was the ritual cleaning of the pocket watch.

  • mtrueman||

    "Um, Hooker had his clock cleaned by Lee at Chancellorsville. "

    Give him a break. He was 'a civil war hero.'

  • Fuck you, Shikha (Nunya)||

    And on the winning side. If Lee wants his wins recognized he can change history, albeit for the worse.

  • Chumby||

    You could say Hooker got ridden hard and laid up wet at Chancellorsville. And he was paid for his efforts.

  • Jimoxe||

    He performed admirably at Lookout Mountain.
    I believe it was his troops that lead the spontaneous charge that drove the Sesech off the mountain.
    Also, Gen Hooked was known as a hard drinker and heavy gambler.

  • Just Say'n||

    If only someone had noted that iconoclasm has never led anywhere good throughout history

  • The Last American Hero||

    Is this the same person that wants to ban rapeseed?

  • Chumby||

    Canola - the date rape oil.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Shorter DuBois: "I have absolutely no understanding of the entire concept of history, and i refuse to believe that anybody else does."

  • Zeb||

    Also, no sense of humor or fun.

    The sign is really funny. What kind of a pathetic, sad person doesn't think that's great? What is better than regular, serious things with a hilarious second meaning?

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    SJWs have to be humorless to do their thing.

  • A Thinking Mind||

    Jimmy Kimmel went through a lot of training before landing that job, too.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Given his history from "The Man Show", I presume "training" involved him strapped to a chair with his eyelids propped open made to watch innumerable Women's Studies lecture videos

  • Chumby||

    Lifetime Network

  • Vaelyn||

    While Beethoven's Ninth played, no doubt.

  • Trollificus||

    The universe almost corrects the living karmic injustice that is Jimmy Kimmel with the possibility that this actually happened.

  • Trollificus||

    The universe almost corrects the living karmic injustice that is Jimmy Kimmel with the possibility that this actually happened.

  • MasterThief||

    +1
    I thought the sign is hilarious especially if it was completely unintentional. The jokes people can make due to second meaning, if anything, is likely to drive more tourism to the place.
    When I started reading this, I was hoping to hear that the term "hooker" had it's origin derived from this civil war general and something interesting he had done.
    In sum, DuBois is retarded for trying to eliminate the man's name on things relating to him and ENB needs to stop being triggered by words like "hooker" and anything else that doesn't create warm fuzzies for people she is concerned about.

  • DiegoF||

    No understanding of history? Apparently you have not read DuBois's masterpiece, The Souls of Woke Folk.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    DuBois sounds like a pretty dim bulb. She probably sat around for many long hours trying to think of some "crusade" to embark on to make her name, and this was the best she could do.

  • 68W58||

    One of the people who replied to her on twitter said that her name sounded like "do boys" and said she should change it to "duconsentingadults".

    Genius!

  • Jerryskids||

    She looks like the sort of person whose parents pronounce their name "Do Boy" but when she went off to college - probably Smith because her grades weren't good enough for Wellesley - she insisted it be pronounced "Dyew Bwaah". I'm not even going to speculate that DuBois is her husband's name.

  • DiegoF||

    Minority leader: What does my colleague have against General Hooker exactly?

    Dubois: May I speak--plainly?

    Speaker: Um, OK.

    Dubois: If you'll forgive me, he's--common.

    Minority leader: Uh...

    Dubois: You can't have forgotten that much of our bringing up, Mr. Speaker, that you suppose that any part of a gentleman's in his nature! Oh, if he was just--ordinary! Just plain--but good and wholesome, but--no. There's something downright--bestial--about him! You're hating me saying this aren't you?

    Speaker: Madam Representative...

    Dubois: He acts like an animal, has an animal's habits! Eats like one, moves like one, talks like one! There's even something--subhuman--something not quite to the stage of humanity yet! Yes, something--apelike about him, like one of those pictures I've seen in anthropological studies! Thousands and thousands of years have passed him right by, and there he is--Joseph Hooker--survivor of the stone age! Bearing the raw meat home from the kill in the jungle. (Collapses into deskchair)

  • ||

    She suddenly realized the french pronunciation and went with it. She's no Brett Favre.

  • Jerryskids||

    Just buy the lady a stack of mattresses and a pea so she can show us all jut how delicate she is. We get it, lady, you're so much more sensitive than us uncouth, unrefined troglodytes that you suffer constantly from fits of the vapors brought on by attacks to your dignity that us rough beasts aren't even capable of sensing. But maybe if you can't even deal with this world as it is without dragging your fainting couch around with you, you really shouldn't be let out of doors. A nice, safe padded room with a door that locks from the outside would suit you much better.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    She wanted to just drag around a mattress on her back. But, damn the bad luck, that one's been done.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    That's the way they did it back in Gen. Hooker's days!

  • Nardz||

    Hahahaha
    Well played

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Also already done: making a porn and calling it rape re-enactment.

  • Nardz||

    Oh, that got dark quickly

  • MasterThief||

    That's exactly what "mattress girl" did.
    Oddly, even her re-enactment felt so fake that you can't help but distrust her version of the story even if you ignore that she wrote and acted in that scene.

  • Trollificus||

    I don't suppose the fact that, during the "re-enactment", she "took it like a pro" is relevant in any way? Okay, just asking.

  • Zeb||

    Or calling it "this is not a rape".

  • DiegoF||

    If I was a social climber looking for a princess and that Columbia bitch showed up, I wouldn't touch her if the reward was the British Empire. That German dude showed a tremendous amount of character just for not filing a false countercharge of rape against her, and instead fessing up and admitting he touched her voluntarily.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Well, the British empire isn't what it is to be, so...

  • cgr2727||

    This is the same state that once had a prep school named "Governor Dummer Academy" after an actual colonial-era politician. A quick google reveals they changed that name because the snowflakes were offended, but I remember snickering at the sign every time I drove by. I would think something like "who's Governor Dummer? Dukakis or Romney?"

  • georgeliberte||

    So is she discriminating against sex workers?

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    Perhaps shaming sex workers?

  • DiegoF||

    I guess this would be a bad time to submit my petition to the Massachusetts statehouse for the long-overdue recognition of 1960s Chinese-Hawaiian easy-listening musicians.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    So they shouldn't call it the "Tiny Bubbles" entrance?

  • Chumby||

    If I recall he died the same week Don Iamus got in trouble for his nappy-headed ho comment.

  • GeneralWeygand||

    "Them some nappy headed hos..."

  • Marty Feldman's Eyes||

    presumably because most well-adjusted people realize that words have different meanings in different contexts.

    I'd then conclude there aren't very many well-adjusted people around.

  • patskelley||

    Exactly what is it about the given name "Hooker" she cuntface? Ban the word "painted" because it implies "working girl" floozie, Broadway to drop the "broad" PS you check Thesaurus and Synonym finders, the word hooker also means a jug, vessel, pitcher, pot...get your head out of your crotch and upgrade your vocabulary.

  • Chumby||

    Look at the hookers on that jug!

  • kevrob||

    Not to mention folks who make hand-made rugs, rugby players, farm workers...

    See: https://www.etymonline.com/word/hooker

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Next we'll be criminalizing a certain 80's Shatner cop show, which would be a shame because it's awesome.

  • DiegoF||

    Actually, Rep. DuBois was not all talk; she was waiting until Pride Week to change the plaque to "Cagney & Lacey Entrance." And now you had to go and ruin her big unveiling.

  • ||

    'A Street Girl Named Desire' Entrance.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Indigo Girls Entrance

  • Chumby||

    Entrance de Tenanchingo to make the Latin Mass-holes feel more welcome.

  • Chumby||

    I was once adminished at a former place of employment for saying that tv show's name within ear shot of the customers. This was a movie theatre. There was a Star Trek movie playing. Of course that manager later got fired from his 9-5 bank job for sexual harassment.

  • ||

    The right way is more speech. Demand an additional Special Hooker Entrance. Damn Puritanism.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    I bet you want separate water fountains, too

  • Chumby||

    Trans Hooker Entrance

  • Earth Skeptic||

    Yikes!

    Buyer beware.

  • TwelveInchPianist||

    Big talk from a gal named "Do Boys." She should definitely have to change her name.

  • Nardz||

    "Du-bois: don't let them in the General Hooker entrance."
    "Oh I won't. I prefer they come around back."
    "Isn't the back door too small for that big a party?"
    "Not mine."
    "Wait... what?"

  • ||

    The Oklahoma panhandle has a town named Hooker – after a rancher, not the general. Even has a Hooker High School. And the town motto was created for the perpetually offended types like DuBois: "It's a location, not a vocation".

  • General_Tso||

    This rep has also warned illegals in her district when suspected ICE raids were coming.

  • DiegoF||

    You're just mad 'cause you didn't get anything nearly as awesome named after you.

  • Nardz||

    All staff that don't use the General Hooker Entrance should be asked why not. If they respond that it makes them uncomfortable, they should be immediately fired and have it noted on their resume that they are unqualified to hold any job fit for an adult.
    Then the sign should be changed to the 'generic hooker entrance'

  • ||

    Needs more neutrality. Designated Passage.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    As has been noted above, you're then equating politicians with hookers, which is highly offensive (to hookers).

  • ||

    And still she allows atm machines.

  • Eidde||

    Better not tell this woman about the statue of the World War II hero Dick Winters

  • Chumby||

    Erected the statue.

  • A_Spellman||

    I do hope that statue does't get shafted like this sign

  • kevrob||

    Don't forget Major Dick Bong, who has a recreation area named after him in Kenosha, WI. "Bong Recreation Area" signs had a way of being stolen, BITD.

  • Rich||

    "Female staffers don't use that entrance because the sign is offensive to them," DuBois told WBZ-TV this week.

    "Female STAFFERS"?! Good Lord!

  • Utility Maximizer||

    Hey! Phrasing!

  • Eidde||

    And in her own state there's a monument to George Frisbie Hoar.

  • ||

    At least it's not George Hacky Sack.

  • Eidde||

    Frisbee whores are really laid back.

  • Eidde||

    Come to think of it, most of them are.

  • Mickey Rat||

    That depends on what position the john wants.

  • Number 2||

    Thanks a lot, ENB. Some eighth-rate political hack state legislator whom no one would ever need or care to know about now has national attention. Which is likely all she wanted in the first place.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    National attention. That's a good one :D

  • Eidde||

    And check out the Andrew Johnson monument.

  • Lester224||

    Love that sign. It's funny. What a crock. Nobody is offended.

  • Eidde||

    Don't get me started on Heil trucks.

  • Eidde||

  • Tony||

    Specific hookers use the back entrance.

  • MarkLastname||

    One should always be very specific about which hookers use the back entrance.

  • BillEverman||

    Fine, but how do you explain the "Private Hooker Entrance" around the corner?

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    That's General Hooker's nephew. :)

  • John C. Randolph||

    Well, people are ripping her up and down on Twitter, but that stupid fucking cow is doubling down.

    I guess the Democrats are jealous of that "stupid party" epithet and want it for their own.

    -jcr

  • DarrenM||

    I guess they aren't satisfied just being the Evil Party.

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    We don't have a stupid party and and evil party, we are stuck with a choice between the stupid evil party and the evil stupid party.

    No comment on which is which.

  • BYODB||


    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."


    I suppose the reasoning here is that only women are capable of being hookers because of their obvious lack of moral agency?

  • ||

    R U a "General Hooker"? Of course not! Yet the main entrance of the Mass State House says otherwise.

    #Metoo

    More good will from the movement!

  • Emotional Opposition Animal||

    I've never heard of a "general hooker" before. Does that contrast with a "special hooker"?

    Anyway, if I cross the George Washington Bridge every day, does that make me George Washington?

  • Bob Armstrong||

    "fainting-couch feminism" , I like that .
    Stereotypically humorless too .

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    (We should have paid more attention to those Ken Burns documentaries after all.)

    Sliding photographs with voice-over? Nah thanks.

  • MaleMatters||

    The frenzy over sexual harassment seems to have gotten out of hand.

    I sincerely believe it all could have been so very different -- so much better -- between men and women. Maybe there's still hope. See:

    "How We Waded Into The Sexual Harassment Quagmire -- Taking the Long, Hard Path Out: One Man's View" http://malemattersusa.wordpres.....-quagmire/

    This is a rather shocking in-depth commentary. It may be the most thorough analysis you can find of what I think has for many decades been the sexes' most alienating and destructive behavioral difference.

    I believe this difference, supported by both sexes, results not only in most of the ordinary sexual harassment we hear of, but also in much of the sexual coercion of women.

    It also addresses the question no one has asked: What happens when toxic femininity is added to the mix?

    And toxic feminism?

  • Vjklander||

    We're surrounded by idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Bolsheviks...............................

  • soldiermedic76||

    Isn't that redundant?

  • John C. Randolph||

    Some bolsheviks aren't idiots, just evil.

    -jcr

  • soldiermedic76||

    Would she consider Napoleon's family name to be sexual assault?

  • tommhan||

    More ignorance shown daily, SAD.

  • Miter Broller||

    Ahhh, the snowflakes have now made it into elected positions! Turn the Doomsday Clock ahead one notch!!!

  • NoVaNick||

    Just wait until November...

  • NoVaNick||

    The funny thing is that real hookers frequented the Mass. state house until the mid-1990s at least to service the legislators until the house speaker was indicted for putting one of them on the payroll. Wonder if they used that entrance?

  • Eidde||

    I wonder if they cried out "deepah, hahdah, longah"?

  • Mark22||

    "Female staffers don't use that entrance because the sign is offensive to them," DuBois told WBZ-TV this week.

    And these kinds of estrogen-fueled temper tantrums are why female staffers earn 15% less than male staffers.

  • MarkLastname||

    She's just indignant that Colonel Angus is so under appreciated.

  • SovereignMary||

    I don't believe that Rep. Michelle DuBois could become anymore dangerously and pathetically Thick-Headed. Wow!

  • Deplorable Victor||

    Anyone who makes claims like this or draws these sort of inference is a batshit crazy cunt, whether they are male or female.

  • Emotional Opposition Animal||

    The currency of the modern left is offense and outrage.

    With the low-hanging fruit pretty much gone, they have to stretch their outrage to cover ever more benign things.

  • Empress Trudy||

    This might be the stupidest thing ever and these people need bike helmets

  • Dread Pirate Roberts||

    What's next from these wet blankets? Shall we rename Fort Dix?

  • cc2||

    In high school, we would mention any animal with fur and snicker. So let's ban all names for furry animals.

  • guyjones||

    Self-aggrandizing, self-congratulatory and sanctimonious Leftists plumb new depths of infantile idiocy, with each passing day. None of their antics are surprising, anymore, no matter how abjectly childish, or, seemingly innocuous.

    As with everything else that Leftists do, this seemingly innocuous and absurdist enterprise to re-name the building entrance is about exerting control, in the abstract -- control over what we can and cannot eat, what words we can or cannot say, what political opinions we can or cannot hold, etc. etc.

    Leftism is nothing more than aspirational totalitarianism, which is increasingly successful in imposing its jackboot dictates upon the populace.

  • Diggs||

    And here I thought John Kerry to be the dumbest, most self-righteous political Masshole.

  • Slumbrew||

    Sadly, not even close. My personal favorite was Dianne Wilkerson.

  • Flinch||

    They are breeding them by the dozens there apparently. Of course, it would be a certified leftist to complain about a historical fact. In their playbook, facts are mean and opposition is evil.

  • IceTrey||

    Is there a Specific Hooker Entrance?

  • ||

    The back, always the back door.

  • Flinch||

    I love free speech. The Mass. moron is a textbook example: she has made it clear she is an imbecile, and... we may just have found a replacement for 'class clown' when Sheila Jackson Lee leaves congress at some future date.

  • Longtobefree||

    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."

    Is that one of the states where you can get committed for a psych eval because you are acting in an irrational manner?

  • MacLoop||

    Representative Du Bois' last name translated from the French is "from wood." She's a walking double entendre! I'm sure the irony is lost on her as she fights patriarchal oppression. R U a "Woody?" Of course!

  • dirty dave||

    So I guess the Senator Cocksucker Memorial Highway isn't going to play well?

  • jmlandry||

    Arnold Schwarzenegger needs to change his name. That last syllable is unacceptable.

    Furthermore the word negro in Spanish must be changed.

    Whitey must pay for his ancestors sins.

  • James Pollock||

    I'd like to suggest that if the sign read "General Joseph Hooker Entrance", nobody has any complaint.

    Is that too easy?

  • Dan S.||

    Good idea. If that is too much, shorten "General Hooker" to "Gen. Hooker", as the abbreviation is only used for people, not for the adjective.

  • vek||

    It would be. And it would make too much sense. She's not in it for any logical reason. She's just doing it because she's an insane cunt.

  • James Pollock||

    If you're wondering why people don't value your opinion(s), it's because you show that it's of little value when you dismiss people with real, if apparently trivial, complaints as "insane cunt".

  • vek||

    Well, I don't always curse... But sometimes I just get irritated... Seriously, anybody who is freaking out over a famous historical figures NAME in a government/historical setting is just being thick. I've known people with the name Hooker. It's not completely uncommon.

    And I agreed with you that your proposed name change makes perfect sense as a solution, if she actually had a real grievance. My point is that she's not actually upset for any real reason, which is why your sensible solution would be of no consequence to her. Maybe she's an exception to the rule, but with 98% of these types of complaints in recent years the complaining has nothing to do with actually addressing any real problem. It's whining for the sake of whining, doing it to gain attention, doing it specifically to piss the other side off, or simply trying to virtue signal.

    I'm betting she falls into one or all of those categories, versus somebody who actually is expressing real concern and wants a reasonable solution like yours. I mean seriously, who cares about the name of an entrance that's named after somebody with a "funny" name... Is she, and every other employee, sooooo childish that they're seriously upset by a normalish name? If so, what does she do in daily life with all those people named Dick out there???

  • ||

    The new shtick for lawyers who can't get clients, become the lawmaker known for removing/censoring benign "affronts".

  • vek||

    *Sigh* Why can't all the people like this just, I dunno, slip and break their necks getting out of the shower this morning? If they all just magically died one day, the world would instantly be a pretty amazing place!

  • mpercy||

    In school the study group I was in had a mnemonic for that battle: "Lee took a chance with a Hooker and scored."

  • Benitacanova||

    Michelle wants the change, while her sister Blanche says what the hell, if it ain't broke...

  • LibertarianJRT||

    Reason, please make sure you mention in the article that General Hooker is the reason the term Hooker for a prostitute entered the American Lexicon.

    Gen. Joe, was fond of the lady's of the evening.

  • darkknight9||

    Posts on the 14th. Should have waited just a few dozen hours and loosened up by having some green beer while taking in some fine music.

    "DuBois also complained that she had heard teen boys joke with teen girls that they were "general hookers" while using the door."

    HOLY CHRIST!!!! NOT TEENAGE BOYS!!!!! ARREST THEM! MAKE THEM STAY AFTER CLASS AND RECEIVE A GOODLY TONGUE LASHING FOR BEING SO IMMATURE AND... well teen aged.

    Any stunt to garner attention meets any port in a storm.

GET REASON MAGAZINE

Get Reason's print or digital edition before it’s posted online