Catholic School Girls Asked To Take No Cussing Pledge

by Yesha Callahan

No Cursing

Last Friday, female students at Queen Of Peace High School in North Arlington, NJ pledged not to curse for 30 days because “We want ladies to act like ladies.”  During homeroom, students said the following:

“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 pledge seemed to have forgotten that cursing is not limited to sex, because she didn’t feel the need to make the boys take one. “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.” According to the school’s principal, Brother Larry Lavallee, the girls have the foulest language.

But why put the burden solely on the girls? Instead of implementing a “pledge” based on gender, maybe it should have been open to anyone who wanted to clean up their language regardless of their sex. Not everyone thinks women curse more than men. In his book, Why We Curse, psychologist Timothy Jay, asserts that men are the ones with the larger potty mouths.

The gender biased pledge didn’t last long.

Once criticism surfaced about the pledge, Queen of Peace High School buckled. Monday morning, it allowed boys to take part in the pledge, but it wasn’t open to the media like the previous pledge.

What do you think about the no-cussing pledge?

  • http://www.urbanexpressive.com J. Nicole

    At this stage in my life, I feel I’ve earned the right to be as profane as I want to be, but when I hear some of these little girls outside and every other word they say is a curse is pretty disgusting. I do think every student at the school should have been asked (I read elsewhere the girls were coerced into this) to take the pledge. But, I’m glad someone took the initiative to work with young girls to encourage them to show respect for themselves.

  • http://trueletterson.wordpress.com trueletterson

    I think no I know this pledge was a good ideal, boys and girls are not in a competition or trying to split hairs about who cuss the most. There is nothing wrong with the school asking the girls and boys to take a pledge not to cuss.

  • EST. 1986

    This pledge is just another way that our society grooms boys to not be responsible for themselves and to blame their behavior on girls.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    And we want GENTLEMEN TO ACT LIKE GENTLMEN!

    Personally, I don’t curse *unless I’ am really angry* so I don’t think the pledge in and of itself is a big deal but would have been a good initiative because there are a lot of people especially teens who personal vocabulary seems to consist of nothing BUT swear words. But I do think the pledge was bias, it shouldn’t have been directed towards girls. That was dumb and sexist.

  • EST. 1986

    “There is nothing wrong with the school asking the girls and boys to take a pledge not to cuss.”

    The school didn’t ask the boys to take the pledge, only the girls.

  • Ash

    Yep! That sentence pretty much sums it up perfectly.

  • EST. 1986

    Isn’t it irresponsible, silly, stupid and foolish that the school wanted to make the girls accountable for their behavior but not the boys?

  • Dee

    You just compared cussing to cancer, dying in a fire, and drowning. How does that even compare. lol
    Yes if they’re asking girls not to cuss I want them to ask the boys because they’re cussing too.

    and if the situation comes to getting treatment for a sickness, dying in a fire, or drowning, I’m hoping anyone who needs help is helped at the same time.

  • dirtychai

    You’re reaching.

  • dirtychai

    This is completely typical of religious schools.

  • EST. 1986

    Cursing is seen as a masculine behavior, so of course someone with archaic/religious views concerning gender would be more inclined to recognize the behavior in the girl students.

  • apple

    i went to a catholic high school where we couldn’t curse, thats where i learned how to curse :-)
    i tried to stop cursing.. its hard man! i mean with mama and co. its like magic, i can hold it together, but not around them? its like word vomit

  • EST. 1986

    trueletterson: Are you purposely being dense?

  • LemonNLime

    I went to Catholic school and this is not surprising. At my school if girl got pregnant, they were not allowed to wear the school uniform and they were forced to wear a white t-shirt and navy sweat pants as a scarlet letter. The guys that knocked them up? NOTHING. Thank GOD I got out of there!

  • Crys

    sigh. my bro just graduated from here. they should be more concerened with these students’ drinking habits than a silly girls only cursing pledge.

  • Crys

    Sigh. My brother just graduated from here. The school should be more concerned with the students’ drinking habits than this silly girls only pledge.

  • Humanista

    “Their improved manners would take hold and rub off on the boys.”

    That is probably the most stupid line I’ve heard all day….week.

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