Dress code discriminates, argues Senator Harshaw
So far, multiple dress code violations have been seen throughout the Crowne Plaza and the Capitol.
Y&G is a business professional environment, not a party or casual event. According to the advisors, there is a dress code in effect for a reason, although some delegates feel the restrictions are too much and are not equal, especially the male delegates.
Saturday afternoon, Senator Tommy Harshaw of Neuqua Valley was pulled from his Senate seat out into the hallway to be told he was not following proper dress code.
“Someone came in who works at the Capitol and said it was against the dress code to be wearing an ascot, which it wasn’t even an ascot, and escorted me out of the Senate and told me get a tie and then I would be allowed back in,” said Harshaw.
According to the senator, this was a ridiculous effort to enforce dress code when there have been multiple opportunities for the girls here to be reprimanded for their violations, yet nothing has been done.
This raises the question, are the boys’ dress code regulations too formal while the girls’ are allowed more freedom with their dressing choices?
Harshaw answered in the affirmative.
“The guys’ dress code is way too strict compared to the girls’. It’s confusing actually. We are required to wear a clean pair of dress shoes, pressed dress pants, a collared button down shirt, a correct tie, and a suit jacket. Some of the guys here are wearing bow ties which last time I checked were not business attire but black tie attire. It is just as, if not less formal than my ascot and should therefore not be allowed,” he said.
He continued, “The requirements should be the same for the girls, us guys are expected to look like we are going into court. But the girls can wear whatever they want no matter how much skin shows or where it shows and in a casual manner. If you are enforcing requirements for one gender, make the same for the other. It’s discrimination and an issue of gender equality.”
(written by Alena Garrett, Williamsville)