GENDER EQUALITY: MALE SWEDISH TRAIN DRIVERS OPT FOR SKIRTS

bildeStockholm train driver, Martin Akersten, strikes a relaxed fashion pose.

Martin Akersten and a dozen other drivers and conductors employed by Arriva in northern Stockholm are wearing skirts to protest the company’s policy of not permitting shorts, though the temperatures the men work in often hit 95 F.

Company spokesperson, Tomas Hedenius, says, “Our thinking is that one should look decent and proper when representing Arriva, and the present uniforms do that.

“To tell them to do something else would be discrimination.”

Arriva took over the company in January and instituted a change in dress policy shortly thereafter.

Driver Akersten says, “We have always said that when summer comes, we will get some skirts and wear them.  It’s very warm weather here, so we would like to wear shorts, but if we can’t, then we have skirts for comfort.”

My Take on men in skirts:  Even if there’s a change in company policy, the men may not want to abandon their skirts.  They’ll have learned what women have known for centuries:  skirts, short or long, are much cooler to wear than are shorts.

SOURCE:   BBC News Europe, June 8, 2013     Cape Cod Times, June 10, 2013

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