Tracy Brabin is a British Member of Parliament who recently faced backlash on social media for wearing a shoulderless dress during a session of the House of Commons.
She says that she received messages in which people called her “a slag”, and they shared photos of her outfit online. In order to rebuke the backlash, she delivered a powerful Tweet last night:
However, even after the tweet, people had divided opinions. Some users took it to her defense, saying that “if they had a quid for every time someone had commented on what they wore rather than what they said…”. Others also added that this rarely happens to men, so calling them out is the only way to educate them.
Others, though, said that “there is a time and a place for a shoulder”, and they believe that the House of Commons is not the time or the place.
Brabin admitted in an interview with BBC Breakfast that the dress had slipped a bit when she got up to speak, but things like that happen, and she added that she’s in a privileged position that she can brush this off. However, she feels like it’s her responsibility to call it out for all the women out there that don’t have that amplification because women have to put up with this day in day out – being judged for what they wear.