Radical Something In Quebec

“Of course, I’m confused. I don’t have my cell phone out. I’m not eating. I don’t think I’ve broken any rules,” she told CFRA’s Ottawa Now. “So he pulls me outside and says ‘I’m sorry. Your skirt is too short.'”
 
See Reporter kicked out of Gatineau courtroom over dress
These days, The Murdering Bastards from Syria and Iraq are in the news a lot. One of the tenets of their existence is that women should know their place…

Here we are in the 21st century in Canada, a cosmopolitan western democracy, and there are still people in power who feel women should know their place. Apparently, one court in Quebec considers a woman’s summer dress “disrespectful”. That court should be disrespected. It has no place in Canada. Women are not property. Women are not furniture nor window-dressing. They are people and no court of law should be telling them what fashion of clothing they should wear to be acceptable. Would that court tell a man how long his trousers should be or how dark their colour? No. A court that insists on such things for women belongs nowhere but Raqqa Syria, at least temporarily. Soon even Raqqa will not have such courts because the world is objecting to The Murdering Bastards’ ways and will do something about it. It’s time Quebec does something about its courts.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Radical Something In Quebec

  1. oiaohm wrote, “does Judge mandate long items on everyone? If the answer is yes then what the judge did was acceptable no matter how much the woman hates it.”

    This was an unwritten rule and so completely unfair. This was an experienced reporter who had no issues in other courts. Her dress was not immodest. Courts are open for a reason so that the public can be assured that justice is done. It does no one any good to discriminate arbitrarily against women. Even if a judge explicitly sets rules for dress, one has to wonder if he ever gets any judging done if he’s instead inspecting the clothing of everyone in the gallery. Further, why should taxpayers pay bailiffs and clerks to police clothing instead of doing their jobs? This was not about maintaining decorum in court but exercising some personal preferences that should not be exercised in the pursuit of justice.

    Suppose one judge in one courtroom banned black as a colour of clothing and other judges banned every colour but black… Should the court-system grind to a halt while lawyers and witnesses and observers do quick-changes in the lobby? I don’t own any clothing that’s black except a raggedy old pair of sweat pants. Should I be banned from the black court? That’s just silly as was this court bringing disrepute to itself.

  2. oiaohm says:

    Robert Pogson I know in Australia you would not be raising that much of a issue over this. Why Men have been kicked out of courts for wearing tank tops and shorts as well. Question does Judge mandate long items on everyone? If the answer is yes then what the judge did was acceptable no matter how much the woman hates it. Now if the rule is only for women then that judge need to be pulled over the coals. In Australia pulled over the coals would be charge judge under anti-discrimination law and the judge no longer being a judge.

    To make a judgement call I would need to know more about the judge. If he/she does not tolerate shorts or short kilts on men then not tolerating a short skirt is acceptable.

    We have had judges getting into trouble over kilts as well men and women cross dressing what are both required to be legally acceptable by Australian anti-discrimination law.

    In Australia each judge is allowed to mandate their own dress code restrictions inside reason. The code has to be written without gender. So a judge could say that legs have to be covered to the ankles now this means long dress/kilt or long pants or the judge staff will kick you out the court room. So it wear what ever you like as long as you meet the covered area requirements and will not hinder movement in and out of the court. Of course it pays to check before attending an Australian court what the judges personal preferences are. Something interesting is if a judge is changed at the last min the judge who was going to hold the case in Australia dress code stands. Yes here in Australia the judge is required to write down their dress code requirements.

    I think Australia has quite a sane system when it comes to this stuff.

    Would that court tell a man how long his trousers should be or how dark their colour? No
    In Australia a Man will be told how long his trousers should be indirectly by area of body that must be covered. Yes the colours can be restricted but it is for everyone. So this is not a no here. If for this Judge the answer is yes to trouser length and acceptable colours for men to wear as well then the woman in this case was in fact in the wrong like it or not. Just because a person is a woman this does not mean they should get special treatment when it comes to court dress code either.

    The question is was the special treatment based on gender or not. If it was judge need to fry if it was not the woman need to suck it up and accept in future that judge will have that requirement. Australia I would be getting up the woman for taking it to the media before taking it to the courts because taking it to media first would could undermined chance of prosecuting judge by informing judge and allowing judge to change actions to hide bias.

  3. dougman says:

    Special snowflake sad, maybe she gonna cry. Boooohooo..

    “That court should be disrespected. It has no place in Canada. Women are not property. Women are not furniture nor window-dressing. They are people and no court of law should be telling them what fashion of clothing they should wear to be acceptable. ”

    Robert, by your wording in this article, would you label yourself as a feminist?

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