Everyday Feminist

Legal firm bans fishnets

Posted by PoliticsWTF on April 5, 2008

Woman in fishnet stockingsAn undentified law firm has banned women from wearing fishnet tights as they distract male colleagues and look unprofessional.

This makes me question why women should have clothing restrictions put on them about something as trivial as a pair of tights, surely we can trust profesional female lawyers to know what is and is not acceptable attire in the workplace. Fishnets can be a part of a suitable working wardrobe. However, if it is deemed that someone in the workplace is dressed in an unnacceptable way, a word from management would be more sensible than restricting every female’s individual way of dressing (I notice men haven’t been banned from wearing fishnets!) . Fishnets have a reputation of being ‘tarty’. However, shouldn’t we be judging people in the workplace on performance and not apperance?

More infuriatingly, is that the other reason for the ban was because it ditracts men. This once again reinforces the stereotype that men are sex-crazy beasts that cannot control themselves, even in the workplace. Why should women have to cover ourselves up, when it is perfectly acceptable for men to account for and control their own desires? As one commenter, called City Woman points out,

“If I find a nicely polished pair of Churchs [a brand of men’s shoes] a ‘distraction’, does that mean I can get them banned too?”

Source: legalweek.com

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