Denouncing sexism and double standards, Quebec women wear hoodies to work
The revolution will be warm, colourful and comfortable. Legions of Quebecers donned their hoodies and sweatshirts Tuesday morning and headed to work in a show of solidarity with Québec solidaire MNA Catherine Dorion, who faced objections from colleagues in the National Assembly last week when she showed up in an orange hooded sweatshirt. Deputy speaker Chantal Soucy told reporters “we have a decorum to respect, we reminded her of it several times, it was time to draw a line,” she said. “She was not wearing clothing worthy of an MNA within the Salon bleu.” Hundreds of selfies have been shared under the hashstag #MonCotonOuatéMonChoix (My hoodie my choice).
A dress code is a set of rules, often written, with regards to clothing. Dress codes are created out of social perceptions and norms, and vary based on purpose, circumstances and occasions.
If an online event planned for Tuesday comes off as planned, thousands of women across Quebec will don hooded sweatshirts in solidarity with Québec solidaire MNA Catherine Dorion. The penchant of the Taschereau MNA for dressing as she chooses to, sometimes in hoodies
Since being elected to Quebec's National Assembly last year, Catherine Dorion's clothing choices have received plenty of attention.
Known for wearing tuques, T-shirts and Doc Martens in the legislature, the 37-year-old politician is at the centre of a heated debate over what elected officials should wear to work.
When Dorian showed up to the National Assembly wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt last week, it quickly became the latest flashpoint.
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A day after Catherine Dorion was barred from the floor of the National Assembly for wearing a hooded sweatshirt, her party says it’s time to move on. During her first year as the member for Taschereau, Dorion rose to speak more than 110 times in the assembly. She’s served as Québec solidaire’s official critic for youth, seniors, la francophonie, the French language, citizens relations and other issues that affect the 60,000 people in her riding. And yet, her party alleges, the political world seems fixated on her fashion faux pas.
First it was a quip about a line of coke. Then it was a pair of Doc Martens in Quebec ’s National Assembly. Now, almost a year later, rookie Québec Solidaire MNA Catherine Dorion is back in the headlines, this time because of a short skirt and an orange hoodie .
A Quebec politician was kicked out of the provincial legislature because she wore a hoodie . The National Assembly, Quebec 's provincial legislature, has no official dress code , only the guidance What does Ms Dorion say? Speaking on television programme Tout le Monde en Parle, Ms Dorian
Other MNAs complained, prompting Dorion to leave the legislature before question period. Her party said she was shaken.
"I come to do my job and you tell me that because of what I look like — no, you don't fit it," Dorion later said on the Radio-Canada talk show Tout le monde en parle.
Dorion — an artist with degrees in drama; international relations, law and war studies — was first elected in 2018 under the left-wing Québec Solidaire party, which has 10 seats in the provincial legislature.
Since then, she has been called out several times for her choice of clothing.
Not long after being elected, Dorion and fellow Québec Solidaire MNA Sol Zanetti were called out for their casual clothes. A few days later, Dorion was criticized for wearing a T-shirt in the legislature.
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On Thursday, Catherine Dorion, a Member of the National Assembly for Québec solidaire, was pressured out of the provincial legislature. The reason? Her colleagues believed she was improperly dressed. According to the Presse Canadienne, Dorion entered the Assembly’s Blue Room, where the debates are held, wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt. When she arrived, some MNAs from other parties filed complaints about it to Speaker Francois Paradis. A Québec solidaire spokesperson said when Dorion was made aware of the complaints — which claimed that her clothing choice broke decorum — she chose to leave the chamber.
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A dress code is a set of standards that companies develop to help provide their employees with guidance about what is appropriate to wear to work. In workplaces that are frequented by clients who expect their counselors to exhibit professionalism and integrity, the dress is often formal.
"I don't think it's a provocation," Dorion said at the time. "We are deciding to be ourselves."
The latest debate around her hooded sweatshirt, or coton ouaté, attracted attention from international media. (One U.K. journalist, writing in the Independent, defended her choice to wear a "global statement of rebellion.")
She has also been the subject of both virulent criticism and solidarity online.
"She has been dragged through the mud, frankly, for the way that she dresses," said Willy Blomme, who co-organized an online protest calling on women and allies to post pictures of themselves in hoodies under the hashtag #MonCotonOuateMonChoix, which translates as "my sweatshirt, my choice."
Blomme, the former chief of staff for federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, said there is a double standard for men and women when it comes to clothing choices.
"We really see a pattern of behaviour that women are really often taken to task for the way that we dress in a way this is quite aggressive and quite virulent," said Blomme.
Women Across Quebec Are Wearing Hoodies To Work In Solidarity With Catherine Dorion
On November 12, wearing a hoodie to work means supporting Catherine Dorion.Last Thursday, Taschereau MP Catherine Dorion was reportedly denied access to the National Assembly chamber because she was wearing an orange hoodie.
A hoodie is a sweatshirt or a jacket with a hood . Hoodies often include a muff sewn onto the lower front, and (usually) a drawstring to adjust the hood opening.
Take it easy on the perfume and cologne, as you never know if your interviewer might have an allergy or aversion to strong scents. While it 's fine to listen to music on your commute to the interview, take them off before you enter the office, and stow them away before you're called in for the appointment.
"We want to be taken seriously for the work we do, for what we say and not the way we look."
Others, however, see Dorion's clothing as a provocative lack of decorum, and some columnists have suggested the MNA is only looking for attention.
"By wearing a hoodie she was basically giving a big 'f-you' to the National Assembly," said Sophie Durocher, a columnist with the Journal de Montréal.
"It has nothing to do with the fact that she is a woman, it has everything to do with the fact that she is an MNA, and she is representing people at the [National Assembly], so show some respect for the institution."
'Putting on a show'
For Dorion's critics, it's not just about the orange hoodie.
There was also a photo she posted on Halloween, seated on the main desk in the legislative council chambers, wearing more formal clothing — high heels and a skirt — as a costume.
She said it was meant to poke fun at herself, but some MNAs found it offensive, and complained to the ethics commissioner.
Parti Québécois MNA Sylvain Gaudreault said Dorion should "stop putting on a show and take care of her constituency."
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Dress codes like the one above are in violation of federal and state laws stating that clothing options must be the same for every student regardless of their gender identity and expression. It is sad when we really look into the dress code and what it does to students.
The dress code — for girls, at least — has become a complicated issue. Is it intended to protect the girls Jackets were not worn by those gentlemen at certain times and in certain places because shirt sleeves — Does your school have a dress code ? What is its purpose? Do you think it is effective?
In the Journal de Montréal, columnist Denise Bombardier wrote of Dorion, "that scandalous muse of extreme feminists and leftists, shows no hesitation in pretending to be a call girl, in pearls and stiletto heels no less."
There are calls for an update and more guidelines around the National Assembly's dress code, which suggests business attire for elected officials, but some say it is too vague, particularly for women.
The speaker of the National Assembly, Francois Paradis, said Wednesday, in his view, that doesn't include T-shirts or sportswear.
On Tout le monde en parle, Dorion said she was elected to represent the people in her Quebec City riding of Taschereau, some of whom, she said, also wear jeans and sweatshirts.
"There are people from all social classes there, and all ages," she said.
Ottawa's largest school board plans public consultations on its 'outdated' dress code .
Maizie Schwets was “dress-coded” in Grade 3 and sent to the principal’s office of her Ottawa elementary school for wearing inappropriate attire. Her violation? A tank top with straps deemed too narrow. She didn’t have a sweater to cover herself up, so a parent picked her up and took her home to change. Schwets, a confident, articulate 16-year-old, laughs about the incident now, but at the time she felt “embarrassed and terrified.” The top she Her violation? A tank top with straps deemed too narrow. She didn’t have a sweater to cover herself up, so a parent picked her up and took her home to change.