Protests Bring End to Chilean Governor’s Miniskirt Ban

August 20th, 2010 - 10:34 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Aug 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A governor in Chile recently placed a ban on miniskirts in the workplace for public employees, and also restricted women from wearing clothing which would expose their shoulders, the ban was lifted, however, after he faced ridicule and protests for his strict rules.

The Governor of the Coquimbo region of Chile had issued the ban which would forbid public employees from wearing the short skirts, or showing their shoulders in what he called an attempt to “put things in order” and he added that he did not mean to restrict anyone. The women’s affairs minister in Chile, Carolina Schmidt, called the ban a joke, and said that there was no reason at all for it.

She went on to state that the only thing such a ban would accomplish would be to alienate the female voters and anyone who did not agree with his “backwards” views.

If the ban had remained in effect, Sen. Evelyn Matthei says she would have kept wearing mine skirts anyway, so that she could “show odd her nice legs” and insists that she would have protested if the governor had not lifted the ban.

According to the governor;s aide, Ivan Espinosa, and parts of the order which the governor had issues that were found to deal with personal presentation which were excessive would be corrected. Many workplaces and school still must abide by their own dress codes, however.

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