A MALE lawyer who appeared in a New Zealand court dressed in an ankle-length skirt, lace stockings and a diamond brooch said on Tuesday he was protesting against a male bias in the country’s justice system.
Rob Moodie, a f
ormer New Zealand Police union secretary, stunned the courtroom on Monday when he appeared in women’s clothing at a hearing related to a long-running case involving the death of a man in a bridge collapse on a North Island farm.
Moodie said he wore the two-piece women’s suit because of what he described as a boys’ network in the court room.
“I’m objecting to the male ethos that is dominating this case and from now on I’m going to be dressing as a girl in my daily life,” Moodie told Reuters.
“It wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t seen the gung-ho attitude in this case. The more this goes on and the deeper the cover-up gets, the frocks will get prettier,” he said.
Moodie, who said he was wearing a skirt while talking to Reuters by telephone, is married with three children but said he had a strong female gender bias.
“The sexes are not opposite, they’re complementary,” he said, drawing comparisons with New Zealand’s hugely popular All Blacks rugby side.
“The front row of the All Blacks is a very important part of maleness and is not to be disparaged at all, but neither should the guy who wants to do ballet,” Moodie said. — Reuter.