No, Paul Ryan Did Not Implement A Restrictive Dress Code For Congress

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Jul 07, 2017 11:35 AM
No, Paul Ryan Did Not Implement A Restrictive Dress Code For Congress

On Thursday, Jezebel published a piece alleging that there was a new dress code in the House of Representatives: no shoulders allowed.

The piece had several anecdotes of female reporters who were prohibited from the speaker's lobby due to their lack of sleeves, and asserted that this was brand new policy.

Other outlets ran with this information, and wrote similar pieces about the supposed new sexist dress code. Jezebel eventually updated its post to clarify that this policy is not new, but as the saying goes--a lie goes halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

There's just one issue, that is more than a little bit relevant to the whole thing: This is not a new dress code and it is not a new policy under Paul Ryan and it is not suddenly being enforced for the first time in a while. The dress code has existed for well over a century.

Other journalists stepped in to correct the record.

So there you have it. The dress code is not new, is not over the top, and is not something ripped from the Handmaid's Tale. This is just more fake news.