Glass staircase not dress friendly
A glass staircase is causing women to rethink taking the stairs.
June 9th, 2011
08:44 PM ET

Glass staircase not dress friendly

For years, women across America have dealt with glass ceilings. But now, women in Ohio have a new problem - glass floors.

A $105 million courthouse opened in Franklin County, Ohio, on Monday, but the builders seemed to have forgotten one thing - the bottom of the stairs, reports affiliate 10TV. The staircase is made of glass.

Dress wearers need to avoid taking the stairs, according to Franklin County Judge Julie Lynch, who wears dresses under her robes almost every day.

"I wear dresses because that's my personal choice," Lynch told 10TV. "When you stand under the stairwell, you can see right up through them.”

She speculates that men, who didn’t take half the population into account, designed the stairs.

Attorney Lori Johnson was startled by the transparent stairs. She worries not only about stares, but also how many cell phones have cameras attached.

“The next thing you know, you’re on the internet,” Johnson said, according to 10TV. “It sounds like a lawsuit in the making.”

While security guards warn women about taking the stairs, it seems most are just hoping people will be mature about the situation.

"They hope people will be mature? That's not a solution," Lynch said to 10TV. "If we had mature people that didn't violate the law, we wouldn't have this building."

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  1. Kevin

    Yet another architecture blunder. More annoying to me is the fact that bathroom designers always seem to assume guys don't mind having just a very small privacy panel separating urinals. Oh, yes – all of us men have absolutely no privacy issues at all. Why can't they put urinals in stalls? In one-toilet/two urinal men's rooms there's always a few guys darting in and out waiting for the stall to open up – but no designer ever seems to care...

    June 10, 2011 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
    • What about transgender people?

      Family rooms seem to be most appropriate. Transgender people probably have to suffer for a lifetime over something this simple.

      June 10, 2011 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      ...urinals in stalls?....really?

      June 10, 2011 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Vick

      What youscared of Kev?

      June 10, 2011 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      I agree with you! Also, I would like it if (in the ladies room) the stall walls went to the floor. I want privacy!

      June 10, 2011 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
    • somebody

      holy crap, liz. youre so insecure that youre ashamed of someone being able to see your shoes and ankles. LMAO

      June 10, 2011 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
    • JewyJewJuJu

      Yes Jewish people would like to use the urinal and then sit down.I speak for the Jews...

      June 10, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    I wish all stairs were glass.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anthony Weiner

    Women shouldn't be so prude. Show us what you got!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. po' boy


    June 10, 2011 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. Not Dress Friendly

    What stairs are dress friendly? I always trip on the front going up the steps. hate dresses.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Dress Friendly

      seems so stupid to step on it...could rip off. never liked dresses.

      June 10, 2011 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    Well they should spray the not blame the women....I am Greek and the Greek Evzone with the short skirt should walk the steps also the Scots or the pipers with their kilts.....This should be done for a few laughs..I did look up my girl friends skirt..It could be embarrasing. Womens skirt, short enough to make it interesting and long enugh to cover the subject....The Judge did get a lot of publicity...She should come and visit us in Las Vegas..Bill The Greek.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Anthony

    It's called a long carpet, they should look into it.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Why is it the simplist solutions seem to elude government officials?

      June 10, 2011 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Lou Cypher

      That would imply intelligence. You're talkin' Ohio here.

      June 10, 2011 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. jeff scott

    just frost the glass? how hard is that.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. hailey

    It's your personal choice to look foolish, then. If you get rained on wearing a thin white shirt and no bra, who are you going to blame when people stare at you?

    June 10, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. AJ

    "She speculates that men, who didn’t take half the population into account, designed the stairs."

    I think its the other way. Men who admire half the population designed them.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Abeliah

    Okay... I don't think it'd kill you to wear pants. I think the idea is cool, it shouldn't be made a big deal because a few people refused to wear pants for work. If they must, consider it something mandatory for their job.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Liz

    This is ridiculous. The security guard has to say this warning to women in the building all day long?? They should just paint the glass so you can't see through it. Security guards are suppose to be concentrating on bigger issues.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rob

    Fail. The following is NOT a logical statement: "If we had mature people that didn't violate the law, we wouldn't have this building." 1) Not all people who use a court house have broken the law - marriage, divorce, civil disputes. 2) Not all people who break the law are not mature. In only some cases are those who break the law immature. Many do so from necessity, addiction, anger, or a disagreement with the validity of the law, rather than from being immature.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
    • tasaad

      What? A person who breaks the law out of anger is immature. A person who uses drugs and/or alcohol to deal with life is immature. A person who breaks the law just because he or she does not agree with the validity of that law is immature.

      June 10, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. LOL-p*ssd

    OMG!!! We need to pass a Law for this glass stairway! Make it against the Law for women in dresses to use this stairway!
    There are not enough dress-wearing women in prison to maintain the State budgets! It is a violation of the Law to look @ the stairway from below! Herp-derp.....

    June 10, 2011 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Boss hog

    Maybe if she wasn't such a COW she would have something to worry about.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
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