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Female MP Forced To Deny She Is 'A Slapper' Over Off Shoulder Dress

Female MP Forced To Deny She Is 'A Slapper' Over Off Shoulder Dress

It's the year 2020 and us women are being recognised for all the amazing things we're doing in the world, from our politics to our creativity and all the general badassery that falls in-between.

Yet that doesn't stop people concentrating on - and judging us for - what we're wearing, and what we look like. *Sigh.*

One woman who is currently dealing with her own bout of every day sexism is Labour MP Tracy Brabin, who has been forced to deny she's a "slag" and a "tart" for wearing a one-shoulder dress in the House of Commons.

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The 58-year-old wore the black shoulder-baring Asos dress to speak in parliament on Monday, and has been fielding abusive comments online about the outfit ever since.

One Twitter user asked: "Is this really appropriate attire for parliament?", while others spewed vitriol about the politician's dress choice.

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Tracy responded by tweeting: "Sorry I don't have time to reply to all of you commenting on this but I can confirm I'm not....

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"A slag, Hungover, A tart, About to breastfeed, A slapper, Drunk, Just been banged over a wheelie bin. Who knew people could get so emotional over a shoulder..."

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The MP and former Coronation Street star decided to go one further and make an appearance on BBC Breakfast to speak about the hate she's received.

Tracy, who was wearing a necklace with the Suffragette's slogan 'Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere, said: "I was startled by the vitriolic nature of (the messages) but it's part of the territory as a politician.

The MP made an appearance on BBC Breakfast to talk about the online abuse (Credit: BBC)
The MP made an appearance on BBC Breakfast to talk about the online abuse (Credit: BBC)

"I am in a privileged position that I can brush this off but I feel it's my responsibility to call it out for those women that don't have that amplification.

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"Because there are women around the world putting up with this day in day out."

She added: "'Twas ever thus. Women are judged continually by how they look... it is unacceptable that we are raising our daughters to be looking inwards rather than outwards."

Tracy Brabin is not here for everyday sexism (Credit: PA)
Tracy Brabin is not here for everyday sexism (Credit: PA)

Speaking about her faceless critics, she said: "They are anonymous people often, keyboard warriors sat in their mum's back bedroom eating Pot Noodles and having a pop at people they don't know anything about."

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Nicely put, Tracey.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Life, Real Life, Style

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.