Personally, I’ve always believed dress codes are dumb (Hence, I’m writing this in sweat pants, a T-shirt that’s too small, and shoes I never wear in public).
Surely Jessica Anderson feels the same.
The nurse and apparently avid runner participated in last week’s London Marathon, finishing with a record time of 3.08:22 — a half-minute faster than the previous world record.
That would be, the record for a woman wearing a nurse’s uniform.
But it didn’t count, and all of you Women’s Libbers should get ready to rage against the manchine.
Guinness World Records requires any nurse vying for a chance at glory to wear their idea of a nurse’s outfit: a blue or white dress, apron, and a traditional cap.
Is Guinness operating from somewhere within World War II?
In an interview with Runner’s World magazine, Jessica highlighted the fashion fatuousness:
“I’ve certainly never seen a male nurse wearing a dress to work.”
Being a modern woman, Jessica ran in modern nursing attire: scrubs.
The other getup sounds more like a sexy Halloween costume.
Ooh la la…
But here’s reality:
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Yesterday was incredible!! From having @mayob123 as the best pacer I could wish for, to crossing the line with the man of my dreams @leon_cerrone ❤️ and support from so many wonderful friends all along the way @vonski_ @clairebernwilson @sazzerf @makeitlooknice , lots of friends from @nhsbartshealth plus @daddydarkrdc and the one and only @run.dem.crew I couldn’t have asked for a better day 🙏 Ps. @guinnessworldrecords this is what the fastest female marathon runner in a nurse’s uniform ACTUALLY looks like (3.08.22 ⏰) 📸: @eric_tolentino #rundemcrew #crewlove #marathonislife #trackmafia™ #bartscharity #royallondonhospital #londonmarathon #nurse
Don’t feel too bad for Jessica — she was informed of the guidelines before the race:
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In just over a month I will be running the London marathon in full nursing uniform to raise funds for @barts.charity Guinness world records have declined my application as my uniform doesn’t meet their criteria of what a nurses uniform should be but I will still be aiming to beat the current official record time of 3hrs 8 minutes 54 seconds Training is going well so far but I expect the uniform to add undiscovered levels of chaffing on race day! If you would like to support me click on the link in my bio 😊 #londonmarathon2019 #bartshealth #vlm2019 #bartscharity #royallondonhospital #nhs #rundemcrew #marathontraining #nurse #nursing #trackmafia #marathonislife
Still, brace for outrage from social justice warriors. A dress code is so 1984, and the patriarchy’s just trying to keep chicks in chains.
As reported by Fox, Guinness is willing to do a bit of soul searching:
Guinness World Records said on Saturday that it would review the garment policy going forward.
“Inclusiveness and respect are values that Guinness World Records holds extremely dear and while we always need to ensure we can differentiate between categories, it is quite clear that this record title and associated guidelines is long overdue a review which we will conduct as a priority in the coming days,” the group said in a statement.
Jessica’s keen on the idea:
“I’m sure Guinness World Records don’t intend to cause offense, but it would be nice if they decided to revise their criteria instead of reinforcing old gender stereotypes.”
Either way, she raised more than $3,000 for healthcare provider Barts Charity.
Congratulations to Jessica. A word of advice to her: Next time, get your running gear here.
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