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You Have Got to Be Kidding! (Those Sleeveless Rules Again…)

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Some government ministries and departments have rules about what members of the public can wear when they go to do business at those offices. One of these rules that makes absolutely no sense in this tropical country of ours is the prohibition against wearing sleeveless garments. Over the years, there have been a number of reports (sometimes accompanied by photos) of women being prevented from entering to do business because they have been wearing sleeveless dresses or blouses.

Last night, I saw the following tweet online which demonstrates the utterly absurd nature of this rule:gd-tweet-re-sleeves-14-9-16

So, according to this, the government department in question would not allow these women in:

But if they had a couple of scandal bags handy, well then…fashion some makeshift sleeves to cover those bare arms… and come on in!scandal bags.PNG

 

 

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Author: rightpouitree

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8 thoughts on “You Have Got to Be Kidding! (Those Sleeveless Rules Again…)

  1. That is because these rules were not created from a place of intelligence but from a place of oppression. Women being hsrrassed, tormented and abused has been instutionalized — and making stupid rules is the way to keep us in our place — these rules show us how little control we have over our lives — we are just pieces of property to be owned and dictated to — I bet it was a man (Massa) who decided that women’s arms were offensive in certain places

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  2. That is because these rules were not created from a place of intelligence but from a place of oppression. Women being hsrrassed, tormented and abused has been instutionalized — and making stupid rules is the way to keep us in our place — these rules show us how little control we have over our lives — we are just pieces of property to be owned and dictated to — I bet it was a man (Massa) who decided that women’s arms were offensive in certain places

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  3. How is this offensive though? When were arms deemed unprofessional? This is ridiculous. This infringes on personal style, rights of expression and is just plain stupid. BUN A FIRE pan dat, pure foolishness!

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  4. The key word here is ministries! These rules have to be contrived by men who have strong opinions connected to a religion that controls women and sees the exposure of certain body flesh as sinful. Mormons, Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovahs, Pentacostals, Baptists, Musilum are a few of these sects where the man rules and women follow. This may be generalized but unless challenged these rules will continue to arbitrarily control the day. As we know, scandal bags are not the saviour to Jamaica! Colonalism is still trying to raise it’s head in this century. Basically the master has a voice and the people have none! So sad.

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  5. Full of jokes…but it’s widespread in the region…Blame the British, again? They’ve since moved on, while we’re centuries behind. See my blog post from 2009 in Barbados http://livinginbarbados.blogspot.com/2009/02/court-in-disaster.html?m=0

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  6. Had the same problem at the Ministry of Finance a couple of years ago. Fortunately, it was round about Independence and they were decorating the lobby with fabric. I borrowed a piece, threw it around my shoulders and I was good to go. The rule is pure lunacy!

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  7. My daughter was very sick when she was born. We were at Bustamante Hospital and I was wearing a sleeveless nursing tank top. They would not let me in, the mother of the child, unless I covered up. They would also not let me drink water or have my husband stay with me. They were more concerned with following these rules than her health, it seemed like.

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