EU wants to regulate cleavage

Betsy Newmark brings this story to our attention – and a sorry story it is:

Bavarian bar keepers have been told that the dirndl, generally rather revealing, will have to be replaced as it offers no protection against what the directive calls “natural sources of radiation”, meaning sunlight.

Employers now face heavy fines if they fail to protect their workers from the threat of sunburn or skin cancer.

“This is European law-making at its most pedantic,” said Munich’s mayor, Christian Ude. “A waitress is no longer allowed to wander round a beer garden with a plunging neckline. I would not want to enter a beer garden under these conditions.”

Egad, but socialists are no fun at all.

If you scroll down to read Laurie Morrow’s comments, you’ll read a suspicion that I hold, too, that this nonsense has nothing to do with worrying about sunburn on a cleavage and everything to do with not offending the Muslims who live in Germany.

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  • Anne B

    Danger of skin cancer and sunburn in cloudy, rainy, 50+ degrees north latitude in Germany? Why do I doubt this?

  • Anne B

    Danger of skin cancer and sunburn in cloudy, rainy, 50+ degrees north latitude in Germany? Why do I doubt this?

  • SigmundCarlandAlfred

    I guess the Darfurese will just have to wait.

    The EU has it’s priorities.

  • SigmundCarlandAlfred

    I guess the Darfurese will just have to wait.

    The EU has it’s priorities.

  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    What a bunch of boobs!

  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    What a bunch of boobs!

  • Donna

    And yet it’s Christians who are always pegged as the prudish killjoys!

  • Donna

    And yet it’s Christians who are always pegged as the prudish killjoys!

  • Donna

    Oh, and BTW, if showing cleavage in sunny Germany causes cancer, why isn’t the EU piping up about going women topless on French and Greek beaches in August?

  • Donna

    Oh, and BTW, if showing cleavage in sunny Germany causes cancer, why isn’t the EU piping up about going women topless on French and Greek beaches in August?

  • Donna

    Sorry, that should be “women going topless.” Not that they should – you know what I mean!

  • Donna

    Sorry, that should be “women going topless.” Not that they should – you know what I mean!

  • http://futuremd.blogspot.com/ Victoria

    I am half-German, and not amused. What on earth will I do with my dirndl now?

    BTW, lol @ Bender’s comment.

    Finally, since I dare not email the Anchoress yet again today, especially after her injunctions for us not to, I did want to mention I have this dress-inspired blogpost for Saturday, called:

    Dressing Ron and Nancy

    It’s, erm, not what you think. It’s worse.

    P.S.: Thank goodness, I’m back to being legit again, as that spam block thingie was the pits.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

  • http://futuremd.blogspot.com/ Victoria

    I am half-German, and not amused. What on earth will I do with my dirndl now?

    BTW, lol @ Bender’s comment.

    Finally, since I dare not email the Anchoress yet again today, especially after her injunctions for us not to, I did want to mention I have this dress-inspired blogpost for Saturday, called:

    Dressing Ron and Nancy

    It’s, erm, not what you think. It’s worse.

    P.S.: Thank goodness, I’m back to being legit again, as that spam block thingie was the pits.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

  • mattiacum

    Only in Europe, you thought?

    Not quite:

    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2005/08/01/1155809-cp.html

    QUEBEC (CP) – The Quebec Liberals’ youth wing wants Premier Jean Charest’s government to crack down on revealing skirts and tops worn by some schoolgirls.

    “When you see can see G-strings worn by girls as young as eight or 12, it’s worrisome,” says Simon Begin, head of the youth wing.

    The group wants the government to impose a “decent” dress code for school-age girls but without making uniforms mandatory.

    The youth wing sees a direct link between suggestive clothing and precocious sexual behaviour.

    The dress issue will be debated at the youth wing’s annual meeting this weekend.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I have to wonder: is there no limit to people’s desire for government to regulate EVERYTHING?

  • mattiacum

    Only in Europe, you thought?

    Not quite:

    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2005/08/01/1155809-cp.html

    QUEBEC (CP) – The Quebec Liberals’ youth wing wants Premier Jean Charest’s government to crack down on revealing skirts and tops worn by some schoolgirls.

    “When you see can see G-strings worn by girls as young as eight or 12, it’s worrisome,” says Simon Begin, head of the youth wing.

    The group wants the government to impose a “decent” dress code for school-age girls but without making uniforms mandatory.

    The youth wing sees a direct link between suggestive clothing and precocious sexual behaviour.

    The dress issue will be debated at the youth wing’s annual meeting this weekend.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I have to wonder: is there no limit to people’s desire for government to regulate EVERYTHING?

  • Jay

    I for one would be very disappointed visiting say Oktoberfest and not seeing one of those outfits. I think even most women would be, those “Hollywood Gypsy” outfits are part of the charm of the whole situation.

    As for the 12 year olds with G strings issue I’d say no, it’s none of the govt’s business if they’d keep their underwear tucked in their pants. But when you see them in bare midriff, pants at mid-hip, but the strings pulled up to their waste you have to think those little girls have either no parents or parents with absolutely no sense of decency.

  • Jay

    I for one would be very disappointed visiting say Oktoberfest and not seeing one of those outfits. I think even most women would be, those “Hollywood Gypsy” outfits are part of the charm of the whole situation.

    As for the 12 year olds with G strings issue I’d say no, it’s none of the govt’s business if they’d keep their underwear tucked in their pants. But when you see them in bare midriff, pants at mid-hip, but the strings pulled up to their waste you have to think those little girls have either no parents or parents with absolutely no sense of decency.


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