Massachusetts lawmaker wants ‘General Hooker Entrance’ sign gone

Massachusetts lawmaker wants ‘General Hooker Entrance’ sign gone
WBZ, TWITTER via CNN

Michelle DuBois, a state representative from Massachusetts, is asking for the “General Hooker Entrance” sign outside the State House to be removed, WBZ-TV reported.

“Female staffers don’t use that entrance because the sign is offensive to them,” she told WBZ.

DuBois tweeted Wednesday, “R U a ‘General Hooker’? Of course not! Yet the main entrance of the Mass State House says otherwise.” The tweet also included #metoo.

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The entrance is named after Civil War Gen. Joseph Hooker, WBZ reported. A statue of him is also outside the State House.

Masslive.com reported that DuBois told the New Service, “I would like to have the general’s first name included on the sign so there is not an overt double meaning and double entendres on the sign.”

She said she’s seen teen boys tease girls “about being ‘general hooker'” when they see the sign. She said she avoids the entrance so she doesn’t have to discuss the name with anyone, the Masslive.com report said.

Massachusetts Historical Society librarian Peter Drummey clarified a rumor that the term “hooker” was based on a group of women prostitutes who followed Gen. Hooker during the Civil War.

“It’s not true that it was started because of him,” Drummey told WBZ. “It pre-dates the Civil War.”