‘Terrible time’ for Gregory to lead school board


To the Editor: This letter was addressed to Williamson County School Board chairman Mark Gregory: I’m writing to ask you to step down as chairman of the Williamson County School Board. Your “ButtleOpener,” which apparently you co-invented, co-marketed, and remained involved in until at least 2012 by your own admission, is at best degrading and objectifying to all girls and women, and at worse misogynistic and violent in its simulation of rape, whether anal or vaginal, with a beer bottle.

To the Editor:

This letter was addressed to Williamson County School Board chairman Mark Gregory:

I’m writing to ask you to step down as chairman of the Williamson County School Board. Your “ButtleOpener,” which apparently you co-invented, co-marketed, and remained involved in until at least 2012 by your own admission, is at best degrading and objectifying to all girls and women, and at worse misogynistic and violent in its simulation of rape, whether anal or vaginal, with a beer bottle.

I can’t see how your invention and your comments in the “About” section of the Facebook page are consistent with an attitude of respect or even decency toward the female students and employees of Williamson County Schools system or the female members of the Board who have to work with you. I can’t help but wonder if the idea ever crosses your mind of using their private parts to open a beer bottle?

I quote from the “ButtleOpener” FB page:

“Company Overview – Creating the perfect product was not easy. After a round of golf with some friends, the Gregory Brothers headed out to do some “research” at a local eatery specializing in hot wings and cold brews. It was there that the original ButtleOpener model walked by with a perfectly shaped rear sparking the urge to use those firm cheeks to pop open a beer … and the ButtleOpener was born! Description – This is a life-sized female rear mounted to a custom made bottle opener, which attaches to your wall. They come standard with hot pink panties with the ButtleOpener logo stamped in black. Simply walk up and open your brew as if you were using her butt cheeks to pop it off. Works on twist-offs as well. Man up and get-cha one!”

Really? Seeing a scantily clad woman in a bar made you want to shove a beer bottle up her bottom? So you created an opportunity for folks to simulate that? And it’s okay for you to chair the Williamson School Board? Especially now, with all the attention on the NFL and our colleges because of the abuse and violation of women? It seems to me that this is a terrible time for our school board to be led by a chairman who has been willing to work against the safety and dignity of women and girls.

I understand that you share the views of the newly elected school board members on Common Core and possibly on getting rid of our current director of schools, but the statements you’ve posted about your views of women make you a poor choice to lead our school board. I would like to see you step down as chairman of the Williamson County School Board before your association with your product causes any more distraction to the board and any more humiliation or degradation to the females of this county.

If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend the book “Half the Sky”, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It is an eye-opening account of the abuse faced by women around the world because they are seen as property and objects of men’s sexual gratification.

I hope to hear back from you about your intentions.

Valerie Petschulat

Franklin

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