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A Courthouse with a Glass Staircase

People in glass houses shouldn't ...wear dresses? The new $105 million Franklin County, Ohio courthouse opened this week and the women who will work there were surprised to see it has a staircase made of glass. Franklin County Judge Julie Lynch speculated that the staircase was designed by men, who didn't consider that women in dresses would use them.
Attorney Lori Johnson was startled by the transparent stairs. She worries not only about stares, but also how many cell phones have cameras attached.

“The next thing you know, you’re on the internet,” Johnson said, according to 10TV. “It sounds like a lawsuit in the making.”

While security guards warn women about taking the stairs, it seems most are just hoping people will be mature about the situation.

Good luck with that. Link -via Boing Boing

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Jessss, it's pretty bad for a judge to make that kind of blanket statement anyways. It makes me wonder about her impartiality if she feels so strongly biased against men.

Would her comment be acceptable if she said, "This was probably designed by a woman. They just don't understand architecture..."?

Would a female architect have designed the stairs the same way? I think so. Maybe one did. The judge's sexist speculation is just speculation.
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Lol interesting architectural design but even I would worry about someone looking up. Can't always really expect people to be mature about things such as this but let's hope that's really the case.
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@Egbert, if you look carefully at the article, the judge never specifies concerns about a specific gender being able to see up skirts. She only states that men probably didn't consider this problem when designing the stairs. You projected that particular sexist generalisation onto the story yourself. And before anyone states it's obvious the judge is implying that women who walk up these stairs have to be concerned about men rather than women, you should know that the idea that women are perfectly comfortable being exposed in the presence of other women is a myth. Personally I would be uncomfortable knowing anyone, man or woman could see up my skirt, and not because I assume they'll like what they see. It's just plain embarrassing.
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Because, of course, all blokes do that. Got to love sexist generalities. But its ok since its only men who are being stereotyped...
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