Paul Ryan enforcing dress code in Speaker’s Lobby in the U.S. Capitol that bans women from showing their shoulders. Welcome to Abu Dhabi.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) July 11, 2017
Was it Chelsea Handler’s tweet that got the ball rolling or was it that Paul Ryan just decided the long-standing Capitol Building dress code needed to be “modernized” in light of twenty-first century fashion?
Eh, we’ll go with the latter – but either way the “Abu Dhabi” dress code, that forbade sleeveless tops and open-toed shoes in some parts of the Capital and was strictly imposed on Congressional women and lady reporters alike, has come to a merciful end.
And Democratic women in particular celebrated their newfound freedom by posing in sleeveless attire on the Capital steps.
House women exercise their "right to bare arms" after policy change for Hse dress code pic.twitter.com/UXvMmP8VoE
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 14, 2017
Of course, despite the insinuation that the previous policy was an invention of Paul Ryan and the patriarchy, or something, it’s actually been around for decades and enforced by, well …
It's rather telling that people are getting mad at Paul Ryan for enforcing the same exact dress code rules that Nancy Pelosi enforced.
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) July 7, 2017
@TheDemocrats Women photo up to celebrate Hse dress rule change, Thanks Paul Ryan for championing Women, another Pelosi Failure
— wayne edson (@wjedson) July 15, 2017
Which begs the question:
House women thank @SpeakerRyan for ability to go sleeveless.
Why didn’t @NancyPelosi do this when she was speaker?
— Mme. PB (@MmePB) July 14, 2017
In other words …
Thank you, Paul Ryan, champion of women. https://t.co/GjEYLAyAg4
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) July 14, 2017
Ouch, that HAS to hurt!
Of course, not everyone is thrilled about that whole “right to bare arms” thing.
What male wants to see bingo flag arms flapping harder than the American flag? I think the men should fight to add codpieces to their attire
— mark wonderful (@markwonderful) July 14, 2017
If anyone needs to cover up, it’s that motley crew.
— J.A. Weathers (@BigDaddySgtK1) July 14, 2017
Some social media users expressed the desire to go back to the old policy.
This is just stupid They look foolish and this stunt is unprofessional And they are proud of themselves ? Should stick with dress code
— Gerry Moore (@Gerryinpa) July 14, 2017
The representatives should adhere to a higher standard of dress code. Unlike a business they just not represent the people but the country.
— Jski (@pogijski) July 14, 2017
They should grow up
— Slavic Parriah 🌼 (@SlavicParriah) July 14, 2017
Where does it stop?
— Dianne (@DianneInIndiana) July 14, 2017
Finally, someone asked the question Chelsea Handler, a champion of Muslim immigration to the United States, inadvertently began this post with, although she likely had no idea what she was insinuating with her little “Abu Dhabi” jab:
FFS. 🙄How about heading over to the Saudi embassy and making a real statement for women’s rights?
— MoveEnPointe (@MoveEnPointe) July 14, 2017
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