It's a sad fact, and one that remains all over the world: Women's bodies are perceived as instruments for sex. This truth is usually revealed through unfair dress regulations, but women are fighting back.
And some men, too — not just in the United States.
Take Israeli lawmaker Manuel Trajtenberg, for instance. The 66-year-old took off his clothes to stand in unity with the women protesting the dress code, which was released by the Israeli Parliament for the building.
More than 40 women employed as advisers and assistants to the parliament members participated in the demonstration on Dec. 14, The Washington Post reports. It took place at the Israeli Knesset after they had been banned from entering.
The conditions of the Knesset dress code include a ban on "short skirts" and "short dresses":
"Entrance to the Knesset is permitted only in appropriate attire (no tank/spaghetti tops, cropped tops, shorts or three-quarter length trousers, ripped trousers, shirts with political slogans, short skirts and short dresses, flip-flops, or open-back clogs). These rules apply to adults and youth aged 14 and over," the Knesset website reads, reports The Times of Israel.
Apparently, the women never had issues in times past, as long as they maintained a professional appearance, but two female workers were denied entry access or delayed at the door this week.
"I have no doubt that this is discrimination against women," Trajtenberg said, according to The Jerusalem Post. "The dress code for men has nothing to do with style, like the women's code does. We need to respect and not humiliate these amazing women who work with all their hearts."
In a video taken of the protest, Trajtenberg is seen stripping down, much to the crowd's approval.
"If I can enter like this, they can enter like that!" he shouts.
Eventually, the women were permitted back inside. Incontestable win.
My hero! MK Manuel Trajtenberg strips down at Knesset entrance in protest of short skirts ban/dress code....and it's freezing here today! pic.twitter.com/pQlvBU4ZJm— Rachael Risby Raz (@risbyraz) December 14, 2016
Banner Image Credit: YouTube screengrab, Haaretz.com