Aimee Patton

A pleasantly eccentric take on politics

It wasn’t that long ago when Missouri House Speaker John Diehl was caught sending text messages to an intern in Jefferson City.  Just to jog your memory – the speaker was sending messages to the intern that went something like this,

“UR hot.”

“Gee Mr. Speaker, I’m not into married men.”

“U better rethink that, cause I said ur hot.”

It wasn’t the most Danielle Steel of romantic text messages between the two, but you get my point.

When the flirty text messages came to light, Speaker Diehl did what any politician would do-deny, deny deny.

That is until the intern produced the text messages, Speaker Diehl suddenly resigned and the intern program was stopped.  That episode shed light on two important things:

    1. Jeff City has an intern harassment problem rumored to be decades old that needs immediate attention.
    2. Heads up creepy politicians – the interns ALWAYS save the text messages.

 

Fast forward to today when it was revealed that Jeff City is FINALLY laying out a plan to deal with this problem. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the No Shit Sherlock plan for dealing with sexual harassment.

 

Mandatory sexual harassment training for both politicians and interns – lawmakers so they don’t do it and interns so they can identify it.  “Oh so you mean it isn’t ok for Representative So and So to ask me to sit on his lap while he reads me the latest legislative brief?”

 

Registering all of the interns with an emergency contact.  This is helpful in case an intern roll call needs to be taken at the end of the day.  It will be easy to identify if Betty is missing and got stuck in the elevator with House Member Grabby Hands.

 

A no relationship policy between interns and House Members.  Stop for a second and read that again with me.  That actually has to be written out?!  (UGH….I run screaming out of the room.) How bad does it have to be in your work environment that someone has to take the time to write out a policy saying it’s a no-no to sleep with the staff? Unfreakingbelievable!

 

You can read the proposed plan in this attached document.  Response to Engler Framework (2)

 

I get that there are a lot of places that have harassment policies, but they are also considering implementing a conservative dress code to help solve this problem.

 

“We need a good, modest, conservative dress code for both the males and females,” King wrote in an email to colleagues. “Removing one more distraction will help everyone keep their focus on legislative matters.”
 

Removing one more distraction?

 
He must mean that the female interns were prone to having their breasts suddenly pop out of their Brooks Brothers button-downs at various times throughout the day causing the male lawmakers to suddenly lose all control and grope them.  I completely agree that a dress code to control breast popping is reasonable.  Men are only human and exposed breasts in the workplace aren’t something you can blame the men’s actions on.

 

Wait! This just in.  That never actually happened.

 

This argument that what you wear can cause a certain behavior in someone else seems very familiar.  Where have I heard that before?  Hmm….thinking….Oh yes!  It’s an old school rape argument.  The thought decades ago was that what a woman wore could contribute to her own rape.  Good old victim blaming!

 

Yes, please proceed with the dress code policy if you want the people of Missouri to believe that the female interns are responsible for their own sexual harassment.  I think that’s a fine idea and I’m sure that the voters in Missouri will support you 100%.

 

I guess it’s totally unreasonable to expect that grown men treat women with respect and stop hitting on them without things like a no-relationship policy and dress codes.  To save you some time, I thought I would just leave this 1943 article about hiring women in transportation.  It’s easy to change the word “employee” to “intern”.  I think it reflects the same attitude towards women in Jefferson City that you will find today.

 

1943 Guide to Hiring Women:

The following is an excerpt from the July 1943 issue of Transportation Magazine. This was written for male supervisors of women in the work force during World War II.

Eleven Tips on Getting More Efficiency Out of Women Employees

There’s no longer any question whether transit companies should hire women for jobs formerly held by men. The draft and manpower shortage has settled that point. The important things now are to select the most efficient women available and how to use them to the best advantage. Here are eleven helpful tips on the subject from western properties:

1. If you can get them, pick young married women. They have these advantages, according to the reports of western companies: they usually have more of a sense of responsibility than do their unmarried sisters; they’re less likely to be flirtatious; as a rule, they need the work or they wouldn’t be doing it — maybe a sick husband or one who’s in the army; they still have the pep and interest to work hard and to deal with the public efficiently.

2. When you have to use older women, try to get ones who have worked outside the home at some time in their lives. Most transportation companies have found that older women who have never contacted the public, have a hard time adapting themselves, are inclined to be cantankerous and fussy. It’s always well to impress upon older women the importance of friendliness and courtesy.

3. While there are exceptions, of course, to this rule, general experience indicates that “husky” girls — those who are just a little on the heavy side — are likely to be more even-tempered and efficient than their underweight sisters.

4. Retain a physician to give each woman you hire a special physical examination — one covering female conditions. This step not only protects the property against the possibilities of lawsuit but also reveals whether the employee-to-be has any female weaknesses which would make her mentally or physically unfit for the job. Transit companies that follow this practice report a surprising number of women turned down for nervous disorders.

5. In breaking in women who haven’t previously done outside work, stress at the outset the importance of time — the fact that a minute or two lost here and there makes serious inroads on schedules. Until this point is gotten across, service is likely to be slowed up.

6. Give the female employee in garage or office a definite day-long schedule of duties so that she’ll keep busy without bothering the management for instructions every few minutes. Numerous properties say that women make excellent workers when they have their jobs cut out for them but that they lack initiative in finding work themselves.

7. Whenever possible, let the inside employee change from one job to another at some time during the day. Women are inclined to be nervous and they’re happier with change.

8. Give every girl an adequate number of rest periods during the day. Companies that are already using large numbers of women stress the fact that you have to make some allowances for feminine psychology. A girl has more confidence and consequently is more efficient if she can keep her hair tidied, apply fresh lipstick and wash her hands several times a day.

9. Be tactful in issuing instructions or in making criticisms. Women are often sensitive; they can’t shrug off harsh words the way that men do. Never ridicule a woman — it breaks her spirit and cuts her efficiency.

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4 thoughts on “Must Read! Jeff City plans to deals with intern harassment with a conservative dress code.

  1. Kansaswoman says:

    Why not chastity belts for all the Grabby Hands legislators out there? What’s a little discomfort for the problematic legislators to insure the interns are not harassed?Maybe the legislators could then focus on the good of their constituents.

  2. Professional says:

    I don’t see whats wrong with a dress code. Men modest, conservative dress code. So should women. Equal is what equal does. I don’t see the disdain. All too often women I see women in professional settings without professional attire. Skirts above the knee, ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL. A blouse that is has more than the top button, unbottoned is NOT PROFESSIONAL. I would not even meet with a man if he had shorts on or a short sleeved shirt on and came to a meeting with me. It is NOT PROFESSIONAL.

    This isn’t a women’s rights issue, its a PROFESSIONAL issue. Dress like a professional.

    1. blind man says:

      Thank you. It seems like all professional etiquette has gone out the window. We are at a professional meeting not some bar or prom. Act like it.

      I’ll admit men have it easy. Slacks shirt and tie. There should be some sort of easy standard of appropriate dress for women too. Glad to know I’m not the only one that thinks skirts are too high and shirts too low in to many professional settings.

  3. Lawrence of Manrabia says:

    Readers, don’t be alarmed that this Johnson County Kansas, politically liberal, female blogger would pile on with a scolding reprimand for those “Grabby Hands” male legislators in Jefferson City. I mean, part of the fun of being politically liberal-minded is the ability to disregard facts while maligning your opposition with half-truths, innuendo and water-cooler gossip.

    Ms. Patton begins with an inaccurate summary of former House Speaker Diehl’s (R) frat-boyish behavior, TOTALLY ignoring the fact that the young woman in question was an eager participant in the flirty, likely adulterous sexcapades. Perhaps she was thinking of the boorish oaf Paul LeVota (D), who attempted to force his 47-year-old married self upon multiple unwilling young interns less than half his age.

    “How bad does it have to be in your work environment that someone has to take the time to write out a policy saying it’s a no-no to sleep with the staff? Unfreakingbelievable!”

    Earth to Aimee Patton!! Are you there Aimee Patton? Awaken from your comatose slumber and acquaint yourself with the very common phenomenon of workplace sexual relationships!! This has been a source of concern for corporations large and small, universities, faith institutions, the military, etc., for decades! Ms. Patton, you may wish to sit down for this next bombshell…….some students have consensual sex with their teachers/professors……some employees have consensual sex with their supervisory boss…….some recruits have sex with their drill instructor……some prison guards have sex with their prisoners……some church secretaries have sex with their ministers. NEWSFLASH—–People tend to have personal sexual relationships with those who are close by and available.

    In a related news story: Please recall the recent Brittany Burke political sex / Jackson County no work-contract scandal. This would be an example of a young woman who learned early how to use her sex appeal for personal advancement, having started at a St. Louis-area radio station as the “wild intern.” If you’re picturing an attractive college coed who dons a bikini while helping the male DJ’s pull stunts, you’re on-track. Apparently, her methods got her all the way to being included on Governor Nixon’s staff. Ms. Patton, do you suppose she was coerced and under mind-control the entire time?

    Now, as for a “1943 Guide to Hiring Women” from Transportation Magazine…..WTF? You see dear reader, this is what I meant when referring to the liberal’s ability to disregard facts while maligning your opposition with half-truths, innuendo and water-cooler gossip (see first paragraph). Let’s not even inquire as to how Ms. Patton was reading a 1943 issue of Transportation Magazine. Her personal fetishes shall remain unexplored at this time.

    However, she has given me an interesting idea! In the example below, an unrepentant male chauvunist suggested substituting the term “Liberal JoCo Blogger” in place of “camel”:

    What To Look For In An Expedition Camel

    Feet
    Front feet should be straightish. The hind feet or ass should be turned out slightly. Smaller feet are preferable for camels operating in mountainous or very rocky territory. These camels will have to mince around obstacles. Big, dinner plate feet spread the weight well and are ideal in a camel trekking over soft sand.

    Legs
    The “elbows” should stand well clear of the chest pad. The front legs should be straight and close together. The books all say that cow-hocked camels are a disaster. I have never seen an expedition animal which isn’t, from the rear, a horse-buyer’s nightmare. An overall picture of robustness is much more important than any fancy points about conformation.

    Hump
    This should be firm, not flabby.

    Adaptations for heat and water conservation

    – a long and narrow body which the camel angles so as to present the smallest possible surface area directly to the sun

    – fat is localised in the hump, which means that the rest of the body is a more efficient radiator than it would be if it were smothered with subcutaneous fat

    – body temperature can, for a homeotherm, fluctuate very dramatically. (see hot flashes)

    – the hair insulates well against incoming radiation. It is also shiny and reflects heat. Erector pili muscles allow the hairs to stand upright, which facilitates evaporation from the surface of the skin. Do not shave your camel. It might lose 50% more water than a hairy one. (note: attitudes on shaving your camel have changed in recent years!)

    – they can drink vast quantities at once to compensate for fluid loss. If a dehydrated cow drank like a dehydrated camel, it would probably die. The camel’s secret is to absorb water very slowly from the gut.

    How fast do they go?
    Like everything else, camels aren’t what they were. For a lot, if not all of the time, your camels will simply be porters. They will carry your kit, and you will walk alongside them, leading them. So the expedition pace will be your foot pace.

    Riding styles
    Don’t worry about style: just worry about staying on.
    Good gracious!!! Call Cleopatra and order me a 2-humper with a nice set of lips!

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