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. GvilleT

    It's not just glass staircases...the problem occurs with any open staircases. You know like The Brady Bunch house had.

    June 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |

  2. Wall off the area under the staircase with more glass, and fill it with plants. Problem solved.

    June 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. U

    Not sure if anyone else mentioned this before. As a temporary solution, why don't they tape dark paper on the bottom on the bottom of each step? If it is on the bottom, it will not be torn up by people's feet, and it will keep everything from being on view.

    June 22, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. ep tor

    I'd like to rent space under the stairs for cafe – for the busy legal comunity to relax with a latte and take in the "view". Now that the word's out, I'll bet the more adventurous strumpets will deliberately saunter down the stairs panti-less. Sounds like good clean fun. Just put a sign so prudes don't get "surprised", although watching that spectacle would be fun too.

    June 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. haze

    Ohh god, really? In the USA hardly anyone wears skirts anymore, it's all pants. A long skirt, well... no one is going to be able to navigate a peep up that anyway. Lastly, how many women step foot in that place, that would take the stairs would you want to peep at their undergarments anyway? I would say few...

    June 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cat

    First off, this a courthouse. How many people are seriously going to just be standing around? Secondly, stop acting like you're going to willingly take the stairs. Most people will take the elevator. Thirdly, you've been properly warned. If you choose to ignore that and happen to be seen, that's your own fault. In case anyone hasn't noticed, there are bigger issues going on in this country than a glass staircase. Get over it.

    June 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BeerBrewerDan

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

    B!tch. If women want to go in to Civil Engineering and Architecture they are more than welcome to.

    June 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jfc1

    I'm not getting it.
    Are we supposed to make it impossible for people to look at your crotch?

    Ok, you can't wear a bikini, or a dress, at all, since they don't cover your crotch completely all the time. You can't even wear shorts. You have to wear long pants. All the time, when you're out in public.

    Now what's your complaint?

    June 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • elnyka

      From one man to another, if you need someone to explain it to you so that you "get it", you are never gonna get it. And that speaks volumes about you.

      June 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      You're right, you don't get it. And from your "logic", you apparently never will

      June 27, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. first last

    Here is the solution: Grandma Panties! Or... bring back pantaloons!

    June 24, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Arthur Valencia

    A simple fix would be to sandblast the underside. They could do it in half a day including the cleanup.

    June 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alison Peace

      Exactly! Sandblast the glass, and keep the aesthetic integrity of the structure intact.

      June 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MomInWA

      Sandblast it. That makes sense. What were they thinking with a glass staircase anyway? DUH.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocco

      Yes yes, excellent solution.

      June 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NMGrrL

    What WILL they not think of next?

    June 25, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Malakalak

    Just frost the glass. Is it really that difficult? The treads are not even transparent. I feel like you would have to be wearing something pretty short to be exposed.

    June 25, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. jorgath

    Y'know, this is a problem for guys wearing kilts too. Not that I do, but just sayin'

    June 26, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Martin McDonals

      Ya got that right laddy!

      June 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jessica

    Simple solution folks. The area directly beneath the stairs could be "landscaped" with silk or real raised-flower beds. That way, to really get a look the pervs would have to step over the lip of the flower bed and stand in mud – it's at least a bit of an incentive to maintain some propriety.

    June 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • OldGoat

      A guy who wants to look up a girl's skirt isn't a perv...he's normal. Guys wanting to marry guys are pervs.

      June 29, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. Robert Kent

    Simple solution – wear shorts under your dress. Problem solved.

    June 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • M38576

      Oh yes, because that would be amazingly comfortable

      June 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
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