Laws forcing women to wear heels are silly

May 13, 2016
TOSS: Statement heels as loafer and sandals are the trend for this year. (Maybe just toss them in a suitcase to wear later).

Like many men, I love seeing women in high heels. High heels, I believe, were designed to make me happy. Stilettos, wedges, sling-back sandals, as long as they are not clunky, warm the cockles of my heart.

Heels make a woman's legs look longer and it raises her buttocks. They make a woman walk with a certain majesty. A strut that says, 'Look at me, aren't I sexy?"

Even ugly women look good in high heels. Don't believe me? See a woman with a sleek figure from behind in high heels and you automatically think she looks good. However, when she turns around, you are looking to run for cover. I call it 'ambush' marketing in the truest sense. Yes, I know it's offensive to say that, but sometimes the truth is a bit harder to swallow, and I am nothing if not honest.

High heels transform ordinary-looking women into transcendent creatures. Goddesses.

In the workplace, other than a very fat pay cheque at the end of each month, there is hardly anything more pleasing to the eye than an attractive woman in a business suit wearing dark stockings and high heels.




The thing with high heels, though, is that women look great in them, but that comes at a price. Many of those shoes are not very comfortable, so women often carry flats to work and change into them once they have settled in for the day. However, when they are going out to a meeting or on the road, they whip those babies back on because they have to make an impression.

So, wearing flats at work is a practical approach, and one that spares a woman the discomfort of having to walk around all day in four or five-inch heels. Not all heels were made for walking, so imagine my surprise when I saw a report coming out of Britain that said a "petition against forcing women to wear high heels at work topped more than 100,000 signatories on Thursday, meaning it will be considered for debate in Parliament."




The petition, the report, "was launched on Monday by Nicola Thorp, 27, who turned up to work at consultancy PwC in December in flat shoes, but was told she had to have two-to-four-inch heels. When she refused, and pointed out that her male colleagues were not required to do the same, she was told to go home without pay, she said."

"Make it illegal for a company to require women to wear high heels at work," the petition is titled. The petition goes on to say, "It is still legal in the UK for a company to require female members of staff to wear high heels at work against their will. Dress code laws should be changed so that women have the option to wear flat formal shoes at work, if they wish. Current formal work dress codes are outdated and sexist."

And the British think we are backward?

How does this law even exist? Basic common sense would dictate that, like, here in Jamaica, and I am sure in the rest of the Caribbean, women have that option. Yes, sure. Many of us men would love to see our female colleagues looking their best every day, but to have a law that demands that a woman wears high heels to work every day and be compelled to wear them all day, is not only draconian, it's insane.

Do the men - and they must be men - realise how discomforting it is for women to wear heels all day, especially when they have to walk around continuously? Maybe they should have those men compelled to wear high heels to work and wear them all day.

It's a pity I won't be able to sign that petition, but surely, in this modern day and age, there must be room for some basic common sense.

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