That's an interesting article. It's sad but practical that they've had to change their uniform but I don't know if I agree with this comment by the manager,
Can you imagine if I went into a restaurant and stuck my hand up a girl's skirt? I would be taken to the police station and rightly so.
I'd like to think that any man trying this would be marched to the police station but I suspect the more typical reaction would be for managers to tell their female employees not to worry about it, that it's a just a joke, and so on.
I also found myself laughing at this comment, also by the manager:
"We fellows are very, very aware of sexism. I think the women need to catch up."
Really? That would be why every time a woman speaks out about sexism all she gets in reply are calls of 'yeah, you're totally right, how terrible, what can we do to change this" and not, for example, men saying she's over-reacting or it's just a joke or it's not that big a deal.
But even if that was the case, it shows that sexism isn't just about men demeaning women, it's about turning people into sex objects. Is it any surprise that after so many centuries of men viewing women as commodities - mere tits and bums - that women might have picked up the idea that this is acceptable behaviour?
I am completely against men being sexually harassed, at work or otherwise, but I think it's a bit rich to say that it's because women are the regressive ones. Not all women are paragons of feminism in the same way that not all men are the useless 'can't do the washing up or the laundry' stereotype. Yet due to issues of cultural sexism it's not surprising that men in skirts (ok, kilts) who are performing a servile role have ended up being sexually harassed. Changing the clothing is a simple but short-term solution and one that's unfortunate. The longer-term solution is to change the culture that says that people can be reduced to their reproductive organs and that regardless of the power differential, no-one has any right to comment on or see those organs without the express permission of the bearer.