Catherine Dorion's Hoodie Got Her Kicked Out Of Assembly Chamber & Appalling Sexism Ensued


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!"