Stop everything! We have breaking news! Tracy Brabin appeared in Parliament with her shoulder exposed!
During a debate in the House of Commons, Tracy Brabin – MP for Batley and Spen – made an important point about journalists in parliament being denied access to Brexit briefings.
Now, while that is a rather valid point considering the fact that the reporters are supposed to cover such meetings, it baffles most women (myself included) on why people focused on what she wore.
I was furious on some of the comments that followed this incident, and when she stepped out to slam them, all I could think was: Well done Tracy!
I cannot remember seeing such a sexist display on twitter, that was shared by so many people, especially as it is 2020.
I thought that we were over this!
What made it worse was not just the nosy men saying things like this:
Save it for the beach.
Tracy Brabin MP undermines the decorum & importance of Parliament. https://t.co/oX9ZtqzkLF
— Jon Holbrook (@JonHolb) February 4, 2020
But there were women who joined this bandwagon, insulting or shaming poor Tracy as she was doing her job and had a little slip, especially as it was just a shoulder!
Also, I am sure that there were times that their dresses would slip, showing hypocrisy at its finest.
Those defending Tracy Brabin, would it be acceptable for a male mp to come to work with his shirt unbuttoned to his waist?
— Diane Partridge (@dipartridge) February 5, 2020
As a professional woman and feminist, I think this top looks like Pyjamas and shows a lack of respect for the office and poor judgement. It’s not a night club.
— GIRLY SWOT do do do do 🦈🔶 #FBPE 🇬🇧♥️🇪🇺 🌍♻️ (@LibDemAndrea) February 5, 2020
However, what made me happy was that there were people who stepped out to defend her, not just other women but men too.
Tracy Brabin gets slammed for showing a shoulder at work, yet Boris Johnson turns up every day looking like this. pic.twitter.com/E7uz2MoKlY
— alison airlie (@realgammonchops) February 5, 2020
Why have I seen more coverage of Tracy Brabin's shoulder than Daniel Kawczynski, the Tory MP who spoke at an event alongside some of Europe's most prominent far-right, racist and anti-semitic politicians?
— Ben Powell (@Benpowelluk) February 5, 2020
You may not be a slag,the phrase mutton dressed as lamb comes to mind.
No wonder women struggle to be taken seriously in the work place.#DressStandards
— michelle Lanza🇪🇺💖💚🌈 (@michell56125896) February 5, 2020
But, when will this kind of thing stop?
Does this mean that while we say that there is freedom of expression, that there is no freedom to choose our own clothes as women?
Whether you like Ms Brabin as an MP or not is irrelevant, I would like to think that people would look at her policies and political points rather than the outfit that she decides to wear.
Her post to defend herself was brilliant, as she looked at the most extreme of the comments and said:
Hello. Sorry I don’t have time to reply to all of you commenting on this but I can confirm I’m not….
About to breastfeed
Just been banged over a wheelie bin.
Who knew people could get so emotional over a shoulder… 🙄 https://t.co/sTWWiEY2TF
— Tracy Brabin MP 🌹 (@TracyBrabin) February 4, 2020
I wouldn’t say, like some have, that she is a model to all women, but she is someone who has demonstrated successfully the ideology of “no skin off my back” when people stain her character due to her state of dress.
I only hope that this will not happen again, but knowing better, I know it will and probably for something just as inane.