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A 30-second quiz, "Are You Dateable?" on Christian motivational speaker Justin Lookadoo's website, which is geared toward teens, provided me with some harsh results: "U R not dateable," it concluded. Luckily for me, I'm a grown woman and married, but some kids and parents at Richardson High School, outside Dallas, Texas, are outraged by this and what they call an anti-girl message that Lookadoo gave to students on Wednesday.
Lookadoo, who gives talks at schools and to church youth groups nationally, was invited to speak by the Parent Teacher Association. His website includes separate lists for girls and boys on being dateable. The girls' list offers advice such as "Be mysterious. Dateable girls know how to shut up." Also on the list: "You're a girl. Be proud of all that means. You are soft, you are gentle, you are a woman. Don't try to be a guy." The boys' list says, "Men of God are wild, not domesticated. Dateable guys aren't tamed. They don't live by the rules of the opposite sex."
During his speech, titled, "Dateable, It's a Character Thing," some students heckled him and others took to Twitter to challenge his message. One student tweeted, "[Lookadoo] will fade but Sexism, misogyny, and discrimination are still a thing which is why it's important to stand up to this." Another asked, "So I need to believe in my beauty but men just need to believe in themselves?"