A female deputy wore a short dress in ParliamentAug 092020
The deputy said the dress was meant to show her determination to fight the culture of male domination in the National Assembly.
The South Korean deputy Ryu Ho-jeong, of the Justice Party, was criticized on the networks for attending a session of the South Korean Parliament with a short and colorful dress, sparking controversy about the way to dress in official settings, reports Yonhap .
"It seemed that he had come to the Assembly to collect payment for alcoholic beverages," wrote a user of the networks about the 28-year-old woman, who is the youngest member of the country's National Assembly.
However, his party and several other netizens have defended Ryu Ho-jeong, praising his actions. "Some of the criticisms against her carry sexually discriminatory prejudices (against women)," the Justice Party said in a statement. Another member of the National Assembly, Ko Min-jung, has thanked the woman for "breaking the excessive rigor and authoritarianism in the National Assembly."
For her part, the deputy said the dress was meant to show her determination to fight the culture of male domination in the Assembly, as represented by the prevailing dress code for a suit. "In each plenary session, most of the middle-aged men show up in a suit and tie, and I wanted to break that tradition," Ryu Ho-jeong told Yonhap.
"The authority of the National Assembly is not based on these costumes," the woman commented, and assured that in the future she will use other clothing for the Assembly.