Friday, January 10, 2014

What's sauce for the goose...

I'm back in Oz now, where we have a bit of an uproar about a female member of the Sydney Cricket Ground being refused entry to the Ladies Stand because some officious jerk decided her dress was too short and broke SCG dress rules.

Here's a selfie of the dress, hardly an eye-popping ultra mini:


I'm not going to get involved in the argument about the vagueness of the rules, whether they're appropriate or whether the dress was inappropriate.

But the incident hits on a point I rant about endlessly, the fact that no rules seem to be applied to the way men dress, only to women.

The point is made in one of many letters in todays papers about the incident. In it, Noel Beddoe says "I was fortunate enough last weekend to attend two days at the cricket as the guest of a member. Several men in the general members area were wearing shorts exposing several centimetres of flesh above the knee. None were ejected".

In Dubai many of the shopping malls have posters on the doors pointing out that respectful clothing is required. There's a drawing of a woman wearing a dress with shoulders and knees covered. Nothing about men dressing respectfully.

Far too often I see men in singlets and football shorts on city streets, in shopping malls, supermarkets, restaurants. It's little more than being in public in their underwear.

On the sports field or the beach - or in the privacy of their own home - they're appropriate, but in other public areas  they're not.

I'm in favour of dress rules, BTW, but they must be written to include the half of the population that isn't female.


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