*Sexist* Paul Ryan Working to Update Oppressive Speaker’s Dress Code
So was Nancy Pelosi *sexist* too?
After an ill-informed news cycle blaming the Speaker of the House for a ‘sexist’ dress code that was implemented long before he took control of the gavel, Paul Ryan is working to bring the dress code into modernity.
As it stands, women aren’t permitted to wear open-toed shoes or sleeveless dresses. And men are required to wear jackets and ties. Yet, it’s only the women’s dress code that’s suffered sexist accusations.
The Wisconsin Republican in a news conference Thursday said he has asked the House sergeant-at-arms to revisit and “update” business dress requirements that bar women from wearing sleeveless and open-toed shoes. The dress code also requires men to wear jackets and a tie, though that requirement has largely escaped recent criticism.
“Decorum is important, especially for this institution, and a dress code in the chamber and in the lobby makes sense,” Ryan said. “But we also don’t need to bar otherwise accepted contemporary business attire, so look for a change on that soon.”
“The sergeant-at-arms was simply enforcing the same interpretation of the rules as under my predecessors,” Ryan said. “This is nothing new and it’s certainly not something that I devised.”
He added: “But at the same time, that doesn’t mean that enforcement couldn’t stand to be a bit modernized. So that is why we will be working with the sergeant-at-arms to ensure the enforcement of appropriate business attire is updated.”
As I blogged earlier this week:
Last week, a female reporter was kicked out of the Speaker’s Lobby for donning sleeveless attire. The incident reignited a debate on the long-standing Congressional dress code.
The whole ordeal went something like this:
- Reporter booted for violating well-known dress code rule
- Paul Ryan is sexist, Republicans STILL hate all the womenz, and THE HANDMAID’S TALE IS HAPPENING RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES
Former Speaker Pelosi weighed in:
Glad to see @SpeakerRyan is updating the dress code for the House Floor. These unwritten rules are in desperate need of updates.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 13, 2017
It’s almost like she could’ve updated the dress code when she ran the show…
But now all is right in the world because everyone knows bare shoulders and visible toes make everything less sexist.
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Adopt a uni…urm…versal dress code.
Slacks, long-sleeved shirt with collar, tie, jacket, socks, and wing-tip shoes. At least.
Rushin Kulloooshun – doncha know ?
I just can’t believe they attacked a fellow democrat like that.
Hahahaha… no kiddin’
It would be interesting to see a male reporter show up in a sleeveless dress and sandals — and steadfastly refuse to explain whether he’s identifying as a woman that day or protesting the silly rules or protesting the silly outrage or just having a laugh.
Yup, the ladies will get to wear their sleeveless dresses and open toed shoes and the guys will continue to be required to wear suits.
Oh please, it wasn’t “…an ill-informed news cycle…”!
It was, is, and will continue to be a collaborative effort between the Fascist-Progressive Democrat/GOPe Party and their media/communications staff – commonly known as “The Establishment Media”.
They ALL know it has been a long-standing rule, including the during the time that the botox-infused Pelosi was speaker.
Yet, SUDDENLY it becomes a crisis of the GOP’s making…and LI falls right in line with this “ill-informed news cycle” swill.
I was relieved they finally found a task the speaker can handle!
Female professionals have been wearing business suits for decades. Ambitious secretaries have been doing the same thing.
When I was a law clerk in DC, I wore a jacket, dirndl skirt, a button-down, long-sleeved shirt, and a woman’s version of a tie. I also wore women’s business heels. It was courtroom attire.
The Dress For Success series of books by John T. Molloy has the prescription.
Like it or not, everyone, most especially the women, treat a woman differently (with more respect) when she wears a suit, so long as her skirt is long enough and loose enough.
In my opinion, nonprofessionals such as secretaries can be allowed looser restrictions commensurate with their pay. If female newsies want to class themselves as nonprofessionals, that is fine with me. But, I notice the men do not dress casually.
WHAT! Are you saying we can’t dress like bimbos and then whine because men don’t treat us as equals? You expect us to project competence and professionalism rather than show off our boobs and butts? How sexist of you. lol
Yeah, why deal with important issues, when we can deal with dress codes. ????
Ryan’s not a sexist. He’s just a rino putz.
“This is nothing new and it’s certainly not something that I devised.”
“But I’ll surrender anyway.”
“My name is Paul Ryan and I approve this abject capitulation.”