Catherine Dorion's Hoodie Got Her Kicked Out Of Assembly Chamber & Appalling Sexism Ensued
What would have happened if a male MNA wore a hoodie?
Québec Solidaire MNA Catherine Dorion was banned from entering the National Assembly today because she showed up wearing an orange hoodie. Dorion, who caused a moral panic among the Liberal caucus after she posted a "racy" Halloween photo, found herself under fire again this morning. In the photo, she sits on the Red Room's table dressed as a "Quebec MNA." Journalist Denise Bombardier implied that her Halloween costume was intended to "excite male MNAs" and that her actions "taint political life."
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The National Assembly doesn't have an established dress code, yet Dorion's "indiscretion" was so troubling that she warranted getting banned from the floor. The Québec Solidaire MNA famously disregards the established norms of the National Assembly, frequently wearing Doc Martens, beanies, and t-shirts. She's never been banned from going to work before, however.
While this has prompted many "OK, boomer" reactions from the public, she's also being heavily criticized — often in a sexist manner.
For many people, this is a "controversy" created out of thin air with misogynistic undertones. The pearl-clutching from government officials, combined with sexist public reactions prove that women in politics, unfortunately, still have a long way to go.
As is tradition, one of the first salvos of misogynistic rhetoric was fired by two prominent Quebec political cartoonists: Ygreck and Chapleau.
Chapleau's cartoon shows Dorion grasping a pole with her shirt unbuttoned, seemingly in the middle of a strip-tease. The cartoon Dorion says "I swear, I'm not looking for attention!"
The "attention-grabbing" is a common refrain used by men who seek to slut-shame women and police what they wear, in case you were wondering.
Ygreck, meanwhile, managed to somehow be both misogynistic and Islamophobic which is quite a feat. In his cartoon, a scantily clad Dorion says that "Next year, I'll dress up in a burka!"
Comments on Ygreck's cartoon are troubling, to say the least. Some call her a "stupid b****", who is "like another Greta looking for attention" that "isn't fit for politics."
As mentioned, Quebec journalists have even gotten in on the slut-shaming, suggesting that Dorion must have "a soft spot for Trudeau." The Liberal Party in Quebec said that Dorion showed a "lapse of judgement."
I wonder what they would say if it was a male MNA.
Meanwhile, in the real world, countless more people have come out to support Dorion and her "iconic" style.
Oh, I remind you all that while we're used to seeing old white guys in suits populating the National Assembly, it doesn't actually have a dress code!
One Quebecer made an observation that the Quebec government as a whole seems to really have its priorities in order.
For some women, Dorion has established herself as somewhat of a folk hero for dressing however she damn well pleases.
(As is her right, my dudes!)
Despite all the support, there is still a disproportionate amount of misogyny and righteous indignation directed at Dorion. Neither Québec Solidaire nor Dorion have commented on the matter.
Translation: Little by little, columnists replaced journalists because our media needed money too much. Result? Reliable and quality information is less present and gives way to opinion-making.
For a province that prides itself on gender equality and secular values, there is still, unfortunately, a long way to go for women.
Of the 125 MNAs in Quebec's National Assembly, only 50 are women.