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. ~~MS

    For starters who would want to look up the dress of some hag in Ohio, particularly that loud-mouthed judge? Beyond that the solution is soooo simple, just attach a strip of opague plexiglass to each riser. Duh. That's the problem with the world nowadays, no creative thinking, none.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      So much for being mature.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • jeno wagner

      yummy, yummmy i could sit here all day myself!! this is kool.

      June 10, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Suzanne

    This takes transparency to a whole new level.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Sigh

      How? This is nothing new, There are stairs with open risers all over the world. If it were the treads that were glass, then it would be a completely different story and they would have a right to be mad.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. ss

    Here in Ohio the governer is trying to take money from teachers, cops and fireman...yet they need a 100+ million dollar court house to try criminals? Another example of gov't waste!!

    June 10, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • JDeL

      I thought I was the only one who caught that!

      June 10, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. rolls eyes

    THERE IS AN ELEVATOR. Quit whining and use it.

    Who cares who sees your underwear anyhow? Good Lord, everyone thinks their underpants are so freaking *special* that we all must be dying for a peek. We sure are an uptight country.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • ManiacalShen

      People who are dressed up for a court date should not be relegated to the elevators. How does that even occur to you as being okay? Though women aren't required to wear skirts in court, it is only women and transwomen that are affected by this, which makes in gender discrimination.

      June 10, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • theviper


      June 10, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dan

    Cheap Solution: Rust-Oleum Frosted Glass spray in a can. 6 pack, about $21.00 at the big box stores.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. aminmd

    Isn't there some golden rule in architectural design like: "Don't build glass or mirrored floors?" Can't believe someone actually signed off on this design.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Feminist?

    This is such a non-story. Many easy solutions already posted. Self centered, pretentious women think everything is about them and how men are always trying to cop a peek. Grow up lady.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |

      I, I, I, Me, Me,Me.... Half the Population picking on the poor pitiful
      lesser half of the population! AW! BOO HOO HOO. Quit hangin it out, painting it, shaving it all, stuffing fake boobs, see through and low cut blouses, YOU WOULD DO ANYTHING TO HAVE US LOOK! IF YOU LOOKED NORMAL AND DRESSED PROPERLY COVERED YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY! TIME

      June 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hingedlwnb

    So it's a starecase then. Woo.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. nokoolaidcowboy

    Just another example of how some in positions of authority make stupid decisions. Someone designed it, someone else signed off on it.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jason

    Just frost that glass a little bit, it isn't hard.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Les Chappell

    The term Security Guard is pre-911, it is Security Officer now. Or at least that is what my badge says!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jayson

      Doesn't matter what it says on your badge, you're still nothing but a rent-a-cop.

      June 10, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. cole

    People in the states need to stop being so prude and grow up. Who hasn't seen a pair of panties before? If people were raised to be mature about nudity then this wouldnt be a problem.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jason

    I think the real problem is that the architecture is just plain ugly

    June 10, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Matt

    Stop the silly whining. Just put in a little elevated rock display underneath the stairs, or if the whole building is glass try some plants.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. Andy

    It amazes me that architects get paid bazillions and fail. They design marbled lobbies that get slick when it rains, doors that are hard to open (and even worse if you're handicapped), and breezeways that are more breeze than ways.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      You obviously don't know any architects if you think they get paid bazillions. I should add that the client is fully aware, has input, and signs off on every project.

      June 10, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
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