Congress’ dress code isn’t sexist, so shut up and put on a sweater

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 at 6:39 am

Wearing what you want is a privilege, not a right — and lately, people have been abusing it.

Last week, guards barred a reporter from entering the Speaker’s Lobby, a room outside the House of Representatives chamber where reporters grab short interviews with politicians. She wasn’t armed or anything — just bare-armed. Sleeveless dresses are against the Speaker’s Lobby dress code.

The incident caused a firestorm, with news outlets hysterically comparing the House’s so-called “sexist” rules to those of the dystopian TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The outcry is beyond ridiculous — and misguided. Congressional rules are far from draconian. The Speaker’s Lobby is the only room on Capitol Hill that requires reporters to suit up so formally. As for the sexism claim, men are held to a high sartorial standard there, too: They’re required to wear jackets and ties, which are arguably more stifling than dresses with sleeves.

Plus, who knows if Congress would have bothered enforcing this rule if reporters stuck to professional sheath dresses (as Michelle Obama routinely did)? Instead, journalists have been waltzing into the Speaker’s Lobby wearing breezy summer dresses and Birkenstocks — not exactly proper business attire. Can you really blame the House for trying to uphold a sense of decorum?

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One Response to “Congress’ dress code isn’t sexist, so shut up and put on a sweater”

  1. this space hacked by Russian hackers on 12/12/17 at 9:57 am

    Russian hackers stole all of their nice clothes. The old drapes and 1970s couch fabric outfits that Michelle My Belle used to wear should pass the dress code if they should wish to emulate their hero.