Why can women wear "formal" skirts to work, but men can't wear "formal" shorts?

It was almost 90 today and I saw the chicks in the office wearing "office skirts" and I would have killed to wear something shorter than slacks today. Guys should be allowed to wear shorts around the office. Slacks are bullshit.

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For the idiots who can't be bothered to Google "formal shorts" here's what they look like.
www.sandipointe.com/im/shorts/formal-shorts-11.png

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  • Women have a long history with wearing both skirts and dresses around the world in different length depending on time period and culture, therefor it's socially accepted for women to wear both skirts and dress at work. After the gender equality fight in the Western world women also started wearing pants and therefor it's also socially acceptable because people fought for it.

    Men in the last centuries in the Western world have worn pants because it's more practical and men started doing hard labor and worked more outside than women at the beginning of the time when men started wearing pants. Women have a long history of wearing skirts and dresses because of their period and because they can't stand peeing like men before more advanced technology where we've tampons, pads and properly toilets. Women in the ancient times sometime just wore a skirt without any pants or underwear and just let the blood flow.

    Anyway later on after the 1700s men wore long pants and after a while shorts was something boys wore, not men. After they became grown men [adults] they wore long pants to show they're adults and not young boys anymore. Therefor pants is seen as more formal than shorts. Shorts is something you wears when you don't need to be so formal and is something you wears at your spare time during summer.

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  • Are you kidding me? How does that outfit look professional? It looks like they are going to a formal club, not work.

    You cannot compare that to a woman wearing a formal skirt. So to answer your question, they don't allow it because it doesn't look professional while a woman in that attire just looks professional.

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  • well agree or not there is no standard that says shorts on men can be formal, that being said... I think those are kind of dumb looking but id have no issue with guys wearing thiose at work. nbd.

    and that def is not a formal look but I don't really get why there is a higher standard of formal than that anywhere today... except for a few rare cases

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  • Because there's no such thing as formal shorts. How is your office not air-conditioned though?

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  • Lmfao what exactly do formal shorts look like?

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    • They look like slacks, but shorter.

    • Those aren't formal XD They're leisure wear

    • Now you're going to start annoying me and putting me in a bad mood when I've only been nice. I'm sure that's not your intention and you'll change your tone next time you talk to me.

  • Because no one wants to see your legs Chewbacca.

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  • I'm a business owner. What kind of office work are we talking about? If you work with no face-to-face interaction with clients, I'd allow you to wear shorts. However, if you are out doing a sales presentation in front of several people, it would be more professional to wear slacks and tie.

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  • I agree. #Guyslegsmatter

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