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. bluecrabz

    A handful of twelve-year-old boys could have spotted this problem on the drawing board.

    June 10, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Spike5

      You mean a handful of 12 year old girls!

      June 10, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • bluecrabz

      True. Guess it wouldn't have been a "problem" for the boys.

      June 10, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • parker

      Do we really want to see what is going on under women's dresses? I mean, most women are not worth gazing at, never mind all that stuff going on underneath. I think the women that worry about the glass staircase are the same ones that worry about full body scanners at airports. Please, your not that attractive or pretty enough for most of the straight guys to give you a second glance. You are American women, some of the least physically attractive women on the planet . . . think of all those McDonalds you eat, and the time you would spend getting your eyebrows done instead of going to the gym. Besides,. what are you afraid of us seeing? I mean, it isn't like you have any secrets under there.

      June 10, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Marcia

    The treads are not glass. As others have said, this staircase is no different (view-wise) than the countless other staircases with totally open risers. I'm wondering why the county will be paying someone to clean all that glass, and why the security guard now has to warn women about using the stairway instead of focusing on security in the building. . And what to do when some idiot has a temper tantrum and smashes something against it. It was a bad choice for a public building, but not for the reason stated.

    June 10, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Columbus

      The steps most likely are not glass that is agreed, but that is not the point, the point is, that the majority of the population would not look just to get a cheep shot up a woman's dress, especially in a courthouse, that is just waiting to get a lawsuit filed against you. Obviously the best solution would be to put up a rail under the bottom of the stairs like you see in some airports, and put some kind of exhibit such as a flower garden or trees. In all I agree with what someone posted earlier, that security should be focused on securing the building instead of warning women. A sign placed at the top and bottom of the stairs would serve the same purpose.

      June 10, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cajun_Dude

    Two comments:
    -The stairs were probably build in conformance with new transparency laws....Had to say that.
    -More importantly: So what? The judge chooses to wear a skirt. Would she require modesty panels in the event she sits down somewhere, like in a restaurant? I have seen lots of leg from many women who chose what they want to wear. If there were couches under the stairs, I would think that would be inappropriate. The rest is just chance. She could take an elevator, wear slacks, or scandalize the courtroom. Some countries women are required to wear burkas. They are modest, but do you really want that?
    Live a little

    June 10, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. MGC

    Watched the video. In the last few seconds the security guard decides to yell at the woman that is already half way up the stairs. I thought that was kind of ridiculous.

    June 10, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Derp

    Its a metaphor!
    First women are upset because of the glass ceiling, so companies said: "we'll build you a glass staircase, so you can come on up, and the glass ceiling can be your glass floor!"
    and women said – "no its alright, we don't want to stand on a glass floor, we liked being underneath more"

    June 10, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. anonymous

    I think this is stupid. No one is going to stand and look and if they do, you could see them through the stairs. The angles are all wrong. Its psychologically discomforting, but so is being in a government building.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chaos

    The steps aren't glass. There's countless stair cases like this. This is BS story.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. T.H. Mann

    open risers ... lol

    June 10, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. unowhoitsme

    Male engineers thinking with their "brain" between their legs thought of this one!

    June 10, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jim

    This is a stupid non-story and clearly the security guards and judges are being idiots. The actual steps are NOT clear, so it is no different from thousands of staircases that have open risers.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bob

    Hey! The tax payers had to pay through the nose for the price of that the very least the county could provide a little entertainment for our tax dollars!! I say the install a "Champagne Room" right near judicial chambers!

    June 10, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Georgios

    This is a BS story. Government corruption is a real shame and someting really worthwhile bering published. Not this crap story.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. tom

    Solution: Frost, fog, make the glass not transparent in the stairwell. We have all seen frosted glass. (Oh I am a man by the way and I think the stairwell was designed by women. I think the judge has something against men.)

    June 10, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Marie Pearle

    Why not just paint the bottom of the stairs white or something? Or frost it?

    June 10, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Elizabeth

    That's great. CNN just created a link/news feed for all the perverts so the can convene in one place. At least it is a courthouse...

    June 10, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
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