"Calm down dear" / "Stupid woman" / "Pantomime dame"

It’s 2014 — but apparently Iain Duncan Smith thinks it’s okay to refer to a gay colleague as a “pantomime dame”. The cabinet member made the homophobic jibe to out Labour shadow minister Chris Bryant during work and pensions questions earlier this afternoon:

It is sadly poignant that a senior member of the government would make this sick comment on the same day that Stonewall launch a campaign on homophobic workplace bullying:

Stonewall Metro article

The jibe compounds sexist gaffes from David Cameron and William Hague, in which they dismissed female MPs with the jibes “calm down, dear” and “stupid woman”.

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