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Should women in Congress be required to follow a dress code?
A Democratic lawmaker recently suggested revealing clothing is an "invitation" for sexual harassment and argued a stricter dress code can "protect women." Women have been barred from the Hill for wearing sleeveless garments, and House members are required to wear "appropriate business attire during all sittings of the House." Some argue the dress code also applies to men, who must wear jackets and tiesbut others think rules mandating women cover their arms are sexist and weird. What do you think?
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Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur shocked some when she suggested women who dress "inappropriately" invite sexual harassment.

“I saw a member yesterday with her cleavage so deep it was down to the floor,” Kaptur said, according to the sources present. “And what I’ve seen … it's really an invitation.”
“Maybe I’ll get booed for saying this, but many companies and the military [have] a dress code,” she said. “I have been appalled at some of the dress of ... members and staff. Men have to wear ties and suits.”

Kapture went on to argue a stricter dress code could "protect women" from mistreatment.

"Under no circumstances is it the victim's fault if they are harassed in any way. I shared the stories from my time here in the context of the ‘Me Too’ legislation and how we can elevate the decorum and the dress code to protect women from what is a pervasive problem here and in society at large.”
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Many called out the congresswoman for suggesting dress code was the reason for men's bad behavior.

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Others argued putting the onus on women to protect themselves from men abusing their power is a puritanical way of thinking.

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But others say there is nothing sexist about asking women to dress professionally. Men also have dress code requirements that are rather unpleasant in 90 degree heat. 

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Haley Byrd, a congressional reporter for Independent Journal Review, was kicked out of the Speaker's lobby earlier this year because she was wearing a sleeveless dress:

"When I was kicked out that day, I was just trying to pass through the area to reach another hallway, but I was told I was violating the rules. But recently they've been cracking down on the code, like with open-toed shoes."
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The "no bare arms" and "no open-toed shoes" rules strike many as puritanical, especially when you consider the context of how few women there are in Congress. Why should women have to cover up? Are women's shoulders or toes somehow disrespectful?

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