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British MP Rips 'Everyday Sexism' After Outfit Causes Uproar

Rape survivor Tracy Brabin wore an off-the-shoulder dress in House of Commons
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2020 11:10 AM CST

(Newser) – "Who knew people could get so emotional over a shoulder." Tracy Brabin, a UK member of Parliament, certainly knows now. The Labour MP and shadow culture secretary took to Twitter Tuesday to hit back at critics who berated her for wearing an off-the-shoulder dress in the House of Commons. In response to someone who questioned whether the outfit was "appropriate attire for parliament," Brabin noted others had called her a "tart," "slapper," and "slag," who looked as though she'd "just been banged over a wheelie bin." Brabin had taken to the despatch box to complain of journalists being removed from a press briefing on Brexit plans. "It damages a free and vibrant press, which is central to this parliamentary democracy," she said, per Mashable. She later said the focus on her outfit was an example of "everyday sexism," per the BBC.

Brabin told the BBC that her dress had slipped slightly as she spoke. "But the context of this is frankly pretty absurd," she said. "This is everyday sexism where women are continually judged for what they wear, how they look and not what they say" as a means "to silence us." Brabin, who said she was speaking out "on behalf of other women," also noted there had been little fuss when a male MP was "asleep on the front benches with his legs up," as seen in this photo. "That is disrespectful," she said. As for the "keyboard warriors ... in their mum's back bedroom eating Pot Noodles and having a pop at people they don't know anything about," well, "I am not going to lose much sleep over them," Brabin said, per the BBC. "They are idiots and they are rude." (The former actress previously told Parliament about being raped as a young woman.)

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