(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A video of a female lawmaker wearing a garbage bag to protest what she called “rubbish” comments on her clothes has gone viral in Australia and drawn support from across the political spectrum.
In it Nicolle Flint of the ruling Liberal Party asks whether people are “sick of sexist garbage” before calling out a columnist who commented on her appearance and opens her coat to reveal the plastic sack.
Radio host Peter Goers wrote about Flint’s “vast wardrobe of blazers, coats and tight, black, ankle-freezing trousers and stiletto heels” in his Sunday newspaper column.
“I’ve put up with a lot as a woman in politics,” said Flint, the member of parliament for Boothby in South Australia, in the video, which been viewed more than 220,000 times since it was posted to Twitter and Facebook on Monday.
She said she had dealt with a male stalker and seen her office vandalised with the word “prostitute” since becoming a politician.