Sexually Harassed? Change Your Wardrobe!

by Elizabeth Ollero

It’s time for Missouri Capitol interns to update their wardrobe! After sexual text messages between House Speaker John Diehl and an intern were released, as well as two accusations from interns of sexual harassment against Senator Paul LeVota, Representative Kevin Engler lead the revision of the Missouri House’s internship policy. In addition to a minimum GPA and mandatory training, Representative Bill Kidd suggested that the interns have a dress code. You know, to prevent sexual harassment.

Representative Nick King agrees, “We need a good, modest, conservative dress code for both the males and females. Removing one more distraction will help everyone keep their focus on legislative matters.” Knees! Shoulders! Forearms! It’s all so distracting. I say we all wear HazMat suits to help us focus. It’s like Adderall for your eyes, right? Right.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill addressed those who proposed the dress code, saying it “reeks of a desire to avoid holding fully accountable those who would prey upon young women and men seeking to begin honorable careers in public service.” You mean… the interns weren’t asking for harassment? I thought that’s what hemlines were for: to send a message!

Long story short, some silly people thought a dress code would prevent “distractions” for lawmakers because apparently distractions lead to affairs and sexual harassment. Those thinking a bit more clearly (perhaps they weren’t being distracted at the time by the sight of knees) shut that down. How you dress does not lead to sexual harassment, nor does it excuse it. Mind your manners, lawmakers.

Image via Pinterest and USF Oracle


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