Is it true women are more discriminated against for what they choose to wear than men are?

Ever since a female journalist was kicked out of an event on Capitol Hill for not having sleeves, people have used it as yet another example of how women are more controlled and discriminated against than men for what they choose to wear.

Is this really true? If a man showed up without sleeves -- or with exposed calves or cleavage or open-toed shoes, for that matter -- he'd surely be asked to leave. The reason men don't get in trouble for dress is because they stick to the extremely narrow range of options given them. Men on Capitol Hill have only one option: suit and tie. (On top of that, suits can only be in dark, muted colours, cause just imagine the scandal if a man showed up in a white, orange, or pink suit!) If women were controlled to this degree, it would be seen as oppressive. What do you think?

Is it true women are more discriminated against for what they choose to wear than men are?
Is it true women are more discriminated against for what they choose to wear than men are?

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  • I think it's definitely overstated that men aren't held to the same standards. Men are a lot less likely to go outside of what acceptable dress is.

    Women are much more likely to wear something inappropriate but sometimes the standards are just ridiculous.

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