This Male Senator Thinks Women Should Dress a Certain Way to Testify in Court
Remember the days of middle school when you had to abide by a ridiculously strict dress code? You kinda understood why you weren’t supposed to wear a bikini or booty shorts to school, but for some ungodly reason your school banned yoga pants, spaghetti straps, and skirts that fell above your fingertips when placed at your sides?
The school system would tell you it was all about not creating a “distraction” but you knew the truth: more specifically, it was about preserving the boys’ education by not distracting them.
And now, it seems that Kansas lawmakers are still hung up on the childlike (not to mention sexist) rules of women’s dress codes.
Kansas Senator Mitch Holmes, Republican chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections committee, has imposed a dress code that prohibits women from wearing “low-cut necklines and miniskirts” while testifying on an elections or an ethics bill.
And funnily enough, Holmes established no dress code for men whatsoever.
Does Holmes assume that women aren’t smart enough to determine what is appropriate attire, but men are? Or is Holmes worried that grown men still aren’t able to control their libidos when confronted with the rare sight of cleavage or thigh?
According to CBS News, “Holmes says he offered detailed guidance to women because he had observed provocatively clad women at the state Capitol. He says it’s a distraction to the Senate committee during testimony.”
However, female senators are not amused with this obviously sexist lawmaking. “I am more interested in what they have to say about the direction our state should go than what they’re wearing that day,” Republican Senator Carolyn McGinn said.
When did Capitol Hill become a fashion show? When did senators revert back to the rules of our seventh grade classrooms? We’re not sure, but we’re hoping that this sexist and backwards thinking comes to a close in 2016.
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