BOSTON (CBS) – A Massachusetts lawmaker wants the “General Hooker Entrance” sign removed from the State House because she calls it a double entendre “misrepresented as respect for a long-dead general.”

Michelle DuBois – a state representative from Brockton, West Bridgewater, and East Bridgewater – tweeted a picture of the sign on Wednesday, saying “#MeToo it’s not all about rape & harassment but also women’s dignity.”

The entrance is named after Civil War General Joseph Hooker. There is also a statue of him outside the State House.

DuBois, however, argued that the sign leads to teasing. She said the name change is “not a priority for me but I do think it should and will happen.”

“Female staffers don’t use that entrance because the sign is offensive to them,” DuBois told WBZ-TV’s David Robichaud.

“Ive seen teenboys tease teengirls about being ‘general hookers’ waiting in line at the entrance. Sign is out of context & either Gen’s his first name should be added or change the entrance name,” Dubois replied to a Twitter user who was critical of her stance.

DuBois said the sign should be taken down and the statue should remain in place.

generalhooker1 Lawmaker Wants General Hooker Sign Removed From State House

General Joseph Hooker. (Image Credit: Boston Public Library)

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was asked about the issue at a Thursday event.

“I think many people consider (General Hooker) to be part of the team that delivered freedom for slaves in this country,” Baker said. “But the name over the building itself obviously carries with it a connotation that, if the legislature and others think is an appropriate thing to change, that’s certainly something we’d be willing to talk about.”

A rumor also swirled that the slang word “hooker” came to be based on a group of women prostitutes who used to follow General Hooker around during the Civil War.

Massachusetts Historical Society Librarian Peter Drummey clarified: “It’s not true that it was started because of him. It pre-dates the Civil War. They were really talking about the camp followers, the prostitutes, and other shady hanging around his headquarters.

Comments (29)
  1. Come o it does represent most Female Democrat Criminals.

  2. This state rep is the dumbest person to ever hold office in this State.

  3. I’m sure the Mass taxpayers are proud that this rep is pressing this issue over actually helping the commonwealth with more pressing issues such as…oh I don’t know, crime, taxes, jobs, housing. But hey this is about a civil war general and not a profession and we should all be PC about this. NOT!!

  4. John Smith says:

    Can’t we just change the sign to read “Gen. Joseph Hooker Entrance” ? Why must we erase history?

  5. I wonder how much she knows about American History

  6. James Bass says:

    Hooker besides not being the greatest general in the world, think of the horrible battle of Chancellorsville when he lead the Army of the Potomac, but he did one outstanding thing during the Civil War which has saved countless lives. He got the soldiers to take sanitary measures seriously. Yep, seriously. Battles were not the big killer during the Civil War it was disease. For every man killed in a battle 2 died of disease. After he got his troops to keep things clean the rest of the army followed then the rest of the world followed. People finally understood that disease did not have to be, it could be prevented. So those women might not like his name but millions of soldiers owe their lives to his regulations which were adopted world wide.

  7. Chuck Roth says:

    She’s the one who warned of impending ICE raids in Brockton.

  8. If they can not call it the Hooker entrance, can they call it the Kennedy entrance? How about the William Jefferson Clinton entrance? Shouldn’t we start protesting buildings with those names, and Hooker wasn’t responsible for a woman drowning.
    There are better historical reasons not to call the entrance the Hooker entrance, maybe they should come up with a better idea first instead of simply negative reactionary behavior , I dare say Kennedy or Clinton raises the same hackles they get over Hooker who after all was a person.

  9. It’s worse here in New Haven, CT: we have a Hooker School. Talk about double entendre: “We have a school for Hookers”.

  10. Joseph Hooker fought in Antietam where he was also shot and wounded, fought the battles of Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Lookout Mountain, Atlanta, Gettysburg and numerous significant battles leading up to the surrender of General Lee and the Confederacy. To say that this “Long Dead General” who indeed had nothing to do with the current controversy of the #MeToo movement, is a false association solely inspired by the coincidence of his name being a “double entendre” with that of the slang term for prostitute. I find this to be a short sighted and disrespectful affront for a glorious military career from an honorable West Point Academy graduate and teacher who I may also mention, outranked his colleague and friend General Ulysses S. Grant; future U.S. President of the Unites States.

    This alleged “name association discrimination” for lack of a better term makes about as much sense as discounting President Gerald Ford’s contributions to the presidency as being less noteworthy due to his last name being associated with a troublesome car manufacturer prone to recalls. The two have nothing to do with each other and whatever modern association is solely based on current biases of which will inevitably change as time moves forward.

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