The Missouri Legislature is debating a stricter dress code for female lawmakers

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The new year is already starting perfectly for women in this country –Roe v. calf is history, pro-rape manospheric bloggers are more popular than everand if you’re a woman in the Missouri Legislature, there’s now more clarity about what you can and can’t wear on the State House floor.

On Wednesday, the state legislatures started with an extension of this year’s legislative period debate changing the dress code for female lawmakers, who make up only a third of the state legislature. The legislator discusses changes to the house rules every two years at the beginning of the general meeting Wednesday’s debate centered mainly on women’s right to bear arms (you read that to the right) on the floor of the house and the extent to which their clothes should be policed St.Louis Shipping.

Previously, House Rules said that “dresses or skirts or trousers worn with a blazer or sweater and appropriate shoes or boots” were acceptable for women on the floor. Rep. Ann Kelley, a Republican, proposed an amendment that specifically requires female lawmakers to wear blazer jackets on the House floor, calling it “essential to always maintaining a formal and professional atmosphere.” She was backed by another Republican lawmaker, who argued that the change was perfectly reasonable because it would merely clarify previous rules that might have allowed women — heaven forbid — to wear a cardigan.

One Democratic lawmaker offered a particularly fiery response to the Republican amendment. “I spent $1,200 on a suit and I can’t wear it to the People’s House because someone who doesn’t have the right selection tells me it’s inappropriate,” said Rep. Raychel Proudie said. She argued that dress code “should not require debate or comment,” particularly from people “who have no background in fashion.”

The ridiculous nature of all the back-and-forth hadn’t escaped other House Democrats like Rep. Peter Merideth tweeted on Wednesday the Missouri Republican: “Yes, the caucus, having gone insane over the suggestion that they should wear masks during a pandemic to respect the safety of others, is now spending its time focusing on the finer details.” of what women need to wear (especially how to cover their arms) to show respect here.”

According to Merideth, engaging Joining other Twitter users on the matter, Republicans this week proposed these changes because they were particularly upset that “a few women didn’t dress nicely enough for their standards last year.”

All of this ultimately led to a morning of discussion about the real enemy in a state ranked among the poorest in the nation, with to the highest Maternal mortality rates in the nation: light stratums. The real problem is clearly that the small minority of women in the legislature do not adequately cover their arms with formal outerwear.

After wasting an entire morning, the House landed on a new dress code for women, eventually compromising on allowing cardigans as long as the ladies just tuck their damn arms away: “Proper attire for women must be business attire, including jackets that are too dresses and skirts or trousers and elegant shoes or boots,” the new directive says.

Mind you, just last year, 15 mass shootings was held across the state, including one at a school in St. Louis. Why, surely! The real issue worth tackling is women’s right to bare their arms, as opposed to, say, endemic gun violence. The Missouri Legislature is debating a stricter dress code for female lawmakers

Adam Bradshaw

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