JCPenney recently sent home (now former) employee Sylva Stoel for wearing shorts deemed “too revealing” for work, which is hilarious because the shorts are from JCPenney. What makes it even funnier is that Stoel worked in the store’s Career section. And with one tweet, featuring the supposed scandal of a clothing item, Stoel set the social media world aflame.
Boss sent me home for wearing “too revealing” shorts that I bought from the store I work at in the career section. pic.twitter.com/vrAnN4beC2— Sylva (@queenfeminist) July 24, 2015
Now everyone wants to know why this isn’t like some sort of fashion world entrapment, so a JCPenney spokesperson recently told People:
JCPenney’s dress code policy for store associates prohibits the wearing of shorts of any length. This policy applies to both male and female associates. We have reached out to the associate who blogged about this policy, but she has not returned our telephone calls thus far.
Stoel, however, says she was never informed of this, and the whole thing since has become a much larger conversation.
“Rules are rules” but when the rule is unfair we must question WHY it’s a rule, WHO made the rule, and then BREAK THAT RULE.— Sylva (@queenfeminist) July 28, 2015
Dress codes benefit patriarchy bc they shame women for “dressing provocatively” and absolve men from all blame. Break the dress code.— Sylva (@queenfeminist) July 28, 2015