Just when you thought men must have run out of ways to govern women’s bodies, a Kansas state lawmaker proves us wrong.
Kansas state Senator Mitch Holmes, a Republican and chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, decided to create a new dress code that calls for “professional attire” for men and more stringent guidelines for women who testify before the state government.
For women, “low-cut necklines and mini-skirts are inappropriate,” according to the Topeka Capital-Journal, because it’s too distracting during testimony. Because, you know, lawmakers apparently aren’t adults who know how to act like professionals.
There are no actual guidelines for where hemlines must be to satisfy the rules because “it’s one of those things that’s hard to define,” said Holmes. “Put it out there and let people know we’re really looking for you to be addressing the issue rather than trying to distract or bring eyes to yourself.”
And Holmes gets to play judge and jury to decide what is and isn’t appropriate for women to wear. “Oh, for crying out loud,” Democratic Senator Laura Kelly said in response, according to the paper. “What century is this?”
“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 added.
The most infuriating part: Holmes thought about specifying that men wear a jacket and tie, but decided men didn’t need instructions on appropriate wear. What he forgets is that some of the most powerful women in the world wear “revealing” outfits and are able to conduct business just fine, thankyouverymuch.