Getting rid of sexual harassment in the workplace isn't easy. For one politician in Missouri, having his interns abide by a "modest dress" policy was the way to go.
In what seems like a misplacement of judgement as well as a total disregard for personal style (come on, who doesn't want to rock up to work channeling the latest Cos frock), state Rep. Nick King sent out an email to colleagues proposing that to stop impending harassment against interns in the workplace they mustn't tempt other members of staff with their clothes. Or lack thereof.
King said in the email to other staff:
"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."
But in no case should a victim, whatever gender, be subjected to blame for wearing something that could possibly tempt someone to harass them. I've seen plenty of shirtless men and somehow manage to not put my hand on their dick as I walk past.
Luckily the suggestions were met with disdain and a 'conservative dress, victim blaming, you deserve what you wear' policy won't be going down among Missouri lawmakers.
Instead they put the distasteful idea to rest. US Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Miss.) wrote the suggestion “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.” True dat.
Maybe the right route to go down is to educate everyone on the importance of not harassing each other so, you know, maybe the interns won't have to wear high collars and chunky knit cardigans to avoid being groped.
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