Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur (Ohio) made comments Wednesday meant to remind members of Congress and staffers that Capitol Hill is a professional environment, and provocative outfits are potentially inappropriate. However, she made a controversial statement in suggesting that some outfits invite sexual harassment and assault.
Speaking to the Democratic Caucus behind closed doors on Wednesday, she said, “I saw a member yesterday with her cleavage so deep it was down to the floor.”
“And what I’ve seen … it’s really an invitation,” the 71-year old congresswoman added.
Kaptur continued, saying “men have to wear ties and suits” and suggested that professional attire has its uses.
“Maybe I’ll get booed for saying this, but many companies and the military [have] a dress code,” Kaptur continued. “I have been appalled at some of the dress of … members and staff.”
Kaptur made it clear that victims of sexual misconduct are not at fault, regardless of what they wear.
“Under no circumstances is it the victim’s fault if they are harassed in any way,” she said. “I shared the stories from my time here in the context of the ‘Me Too’ legislation and how we can elevate the decorum and the dress code to protect women from what is a pervasive problem here and in society at large.”
According to Politico, attendees were “stunned” by Kaptur’s comments.
Twitter is on fire with posts accusing Kaptur of victim blaming and generally being behind the times (examples follow). As one Twitter poster wrote, it appears that Kaptur may be “about to experience the cannibalism of the left.”
Is Marcy Kaptur your congresswoman? She’s about to experience the cannibalism of the left. https://t.co/lEn03SAtUF
— The Triv Show (@TheTrivShow) December 13, 2017
‘Cleavage so deep’! Dem Rep. Marcy Kaptur apparently thinks political perv victims are ASKING for it https://t.co/qLnhyqB0xM
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 13, 2017
I regret to inform you that Marcy Kaptur is cancelled. https://t.co/4zJnoKaFVq
— 🎄 jingle kell rock 🎄🇵🇷 (@kellyawallace) December 13, 2017
Representative Marcy Kaptur announces new suggested uniform for female Congressional staffers. pic.twitter.com/JqfEqUVPkT
— Joseph Sachter (@NYEDMD) December 13, 2017
Marcy Kaptur single handedly advocates chastity garb for all those nasty women who invite sexual harassment with their provocative attire. Welcome to 1937 Marcy.
— Bobbie Hill (@BobbieHill) December 13, 2017
Democrat Marcy Kaptur is about to be thrown under the feminist bus. https://t.co/FtK0Z9KfJM
— The Patriarch Tree (@PatriarchTree) December 13, 2017
— D.J. Angelini (@djangelini23) December 13, 2017
Wait, WHAT! Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) A female Democratic House member shocked fellow lawmakers Wednesday when she said that the revealing clothing that some members and staffers wear is an “invitation” to sexual harassment. Dems, defenders of women?https://t.co/Nfrt1wpkfJ
— Craig Severson (@CraigSeverson2) December 13, 2017
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