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. Dystopiax

    "Mister, where's the courthouse?"
    "We don't have one, sonny, you've got to find them yourself."

    June 10, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. LeeCMH

    Attorney Lori Johnson was startled by the transparent stairs...It sounds like a lawsuit in the making. Spoken like a true lawyer.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. solution man

    Hire someone to sandblast the glass, it will etch it like a shower glass or glass block, then it will be beautiful and dress friendly.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Shaman13

      Exactly what I was thinking.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Exactely! Thank you.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Justin Observation

      Use the prisoners to cover the glass with plastic film.
      Give kids 500 permanent colored markers, and let them go wild.
      Make the design firm fix the flaw.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • willofva

      I was thinking about coating it with the mirrored tint they use in limos but sandblasting sounds more permanent.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Starman

    Is it a design flaw if it works as designed?

    June 10, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. AH

    RFI: Design change!

    June 10, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Feeniegal

    I love dresses and skirts! I can't believe that part of the plan for this building was greenlighted.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. noteabags

    Obviously designed by a man.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. John

    people in glass houses should wear underwear

    June 10, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. vivien

    The "see through" stairs were designed by men for men – who are they kidding! Well, Ohio is a boring state.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. DDT

    Apple computer stores in NYC have the same glass stairways,no problem there if a man
    is watching to long near them it's "23 skiddo.".

    June 10, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • aminmd

      So, men are shooed away if they stand there ("to") too long? So, how long is too long; is there a 3-skirt limit? Deliberately standing around viewing one skirt is too many. Let's build a men's room with a glass wall where we can see their backs while they use the urinals. We're not seeing anything, but the glass shouldn't be there.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jingoistic Drum Banger

    This is partof the liberal God less left and their corruption of America. This was built by Democrats to corrupt the minds of children.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    Um..... if you paint the won't be see through anymore. An obvious problem that can be fixed in a couple of hours, why is this news?

    June 10, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • aminmd

      It's news because the building was designed, the design signed off, and built using tax dollars while the design is ridiculously inappropriate. The building was allowed to open with this glaring flaw, and nothing has been done about it. It's not like the stairs were the last thing installed in the building; they were around for a while before the building was opened. I can't believe people can be so oblivious to half the population.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Obviously it was designed by Grope-ius.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • sanjosemike

      I wish I had thought of your post.


      June 10, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. LBrennan

    Easy fix...just frost the risers so they r opaque....does this REALLY require a lawsuit?????

    June 10, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. CJWest

    This is hardly the first glass staircase in the world, and there are many of them with no risers (so you can see up through anyway). The Apple Cube at 5th Ave & 59th St has a full glass staircase.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
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