The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 August 2005

Hungary for formality

I can't imagine this catching on anywhere I'm likely to be:

The mayor of one Budapest district wants female City Hall staff to wear miniskirts only if they have "completely perfect legs" and the skirts are no shorter than 2-3 centimeters (about 1 inch) above the knee.

Gabor Mitynan, a conservative who runs the wealthy 12th district, also wants male employees to wear blazers in summer, and told the Website www.index.hu the dress code was needed because he had seen staff dressed like beggars or vacationers.

Mitynan also dislikes crop tops — popular in Budapest — saying "few women have well-trained bellies worth showing to people" and wants the city to legislate on stocking thickness, proposing 5-10 denier for summer, 15 for spring and autumn and 20 for winter.

Mitynan is a rarity in Budapest's 23 mostly liberal and socialist districts, so his proposals stand almost no chance of being passed by the city assembly. Liberal Budapest Mayor Gabor Demszky described the proposals as "crass," according to the state news agency MTI.

The women I know with "completely perfect legs" (not an enormous sample, but I'm thankful there are any at all) would definitely not appreciate any rule which even hints at making stockings mandatory, regardless of fabric weight.

And which is worse, aesthetically speaking: beggars or vacationers?

(Via Fark)

Posted at 7:13 PM to Dyssynergy


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Geez, he's strict. Who decides on completely perfect legs? And, as you know from my pedicure rant, I'm adamantly opposed to mandatory stockings. But he kinda has a point with the whole crop top thing. I've seen a few people I would have liked to issue a summons to.

Posted by: Rachel at 7:37 PM on 26 August 2005