A student in the class described the Texas teacher responsible for the “chivalry” assignment as a feminist.
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One Lubbock, Texas high school’s “chivalry” assignment is raising eyebrows for instructions, including that female students “obey any reasonable request of a male” for an entire day.
Other requirements for “Chivalry Day” instructed the female students to “dress in a feminine manner to please the men,” “cook… something for gentlemen of the class” and refrain from showing “intellectual superiority if it would offend the men around them.”
Dallas Morning News journalist Brandi D. Addison Davis shared rules for women, causing uproar online. After backlash, she shared the part of the assignment for men.
The male students were instructed to dress in suits and ties, show “courtly courtesy” by addressing females as “Milady” and pay for all her expenses, as well as avoiding “profanity or use of vulgar words,” among other requirements.
The Shallowater Independent School District said it removed the assignment and addressed the issue with the teacher.
“This assignment has been reviewed, and despite its historical context, it does not reflect our district and community values,” Superintendent of Schools Anita Hebert said in a statement.
Nationally syndicated radio host Todd Starnes addressed the controversy on his show Friday.
“I don’t think they should’ve apologized … within the context, I suspect this was an English lesson on what was happening back in the Medieval days and the teacher wanted to give the kids an idea of what it was like being a male or female during Medieval times,” he said on the Todd Starnes Radio Show.
“That to me is a creative teacher. That is not some sort of a sexist teacher … the reporting I’ve seen is that the teacher is, in fact, a liberal, a feminist,” he added.
Colin Tynes Lain, an 18-year-old student in the class, told TODAY the teacher is, in fact, a feminist, admitting it’s a “very touchy topic” and that the teacher was trying to give them a “hands-on approach” to learn how sexism was ingrained in society.
Caleb Parke is a senior correspondent for the ‘Todd Starnes Show.’ Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and connect with him at calebparke.com.