Female Montana Lawmakers Criticize ‘Discriminatory’ New Dress Code

Fire trucks line up outside the Montana state Capitol on July 3, 2013, in Helena, Mont. The Montana Capitol has been evacuated because of a suspicious package sent to the governor's office. (AP Photo/Matt Gouras)
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Some female lawmakers have criticized the Montana Legislature’s new dress code as unfair to women.

The new code, in addition to calling for women to wear suit pants, dresses or skirts, tells women to be “sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines,” according to Helena news station KXLH.

Montana House Minority Whip Jenny Eck (D) said that the Democratic caucus was not consulted about the dress code. She said she felt the dress code unfairly targets the way women dress.

“My big problem is that women are set aside for an admonishment in the document, basically telling us to mind our skirtlines and mind our necklines, and that feels very nineteenth-century to me,” she told KXLH.

Eck told the Helena Independent Record that the document was “discriminatory” and questioned how it would be enforced.

“Women can be trusted to get up in the morning and dress appropriately,” she said. “Would the sergeant of arms be the clothes police checking our skirt lengths and cleavage?”

Montana House Clerk Lindsey Grovum defended the dress code.

“It’s important to respect the institution, and that’s why we have some guidelines,” she told KXLH. “Honestly, I thought it was going to hit the men stronger because we’re eliminating jeans on Saturdays. I didn’t really see it as affecting women as much.”

Incoming House Speaker Austin Knudsen (R) said that the legislature drew up the new dress code after questions from new male and female lawmakers.

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  1. Ok here’s my suggestion to people who want to be part of public life in this country:

    If you cannot act like an adult

    If you cannot treat other people like they’re adults too

    If you are a childish small-minded trivia-obsessed non-serious-problem-addressing twit

    THEN GO THE FUCK HOME TO YOUR PARENTS’ HOUSE AND LIVE IN THE BASEMENT THERE FUCK

  2. Avatar for dnl dnl says:

    I see Women wearing burqas in the TeaOcrcy

    Fabric by HobbyLobby.

  3. Avatar for mantan mantan says:

    I think all City, State and Federal officials should wear Ebola suits at all times and speak through voice synthesizers or else the terrorists have won…

  4. What about the tube socks stuffed in their male counterparts drawers? That still allowed?

  5. Honestly, I thought it was going to hit the men stronger because we’re eliminating jeans on Saturdays.

    LOL, only if he added because some of the jeans the men were wearing were too revealing!

    Sister Mary Holywater is the new Sgt at Arms.

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