Look, we know the Daily Mail is everyone’s secret guilty pleasure. But the front page of their Tuesday paper is so preposterous it’s making us wonder which actual troll decided this was OK.
“Never mind Brexit,” the headline reads, “who won Legs-it!”
The women in the photo? Just Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, and Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who came together to discuss this matter: the future of the UK and what this means for Scotland – you know, what Brexit actually means for their countries and citizens.
But based on the Daily Mail’s headline, and the photo they decided to plaster across the whole front page, you’d think the two politicians were talking about how to make their legs look good in a picture, or maybe Theresa May’s shoes. Because women only care about things like that, even if they’re running countries!
Nicola Sturgeon’s team responded to the story by saying, “Brexit may risk taking Britain back to the early 1970s, but there is no need for coverage of events to lead the way.”
Theresa May was much more dismissive of the front page, calling it “a bit of fun.”
It should also be noted that the sexism didn’t stop with the headline. Inside, the article described their legs as “their finest weapon in their physical arsenal,” and that Ms. May’s were “demurely arranged in her customary finishing-school stance.”
The Daily Mail has a message for critics: they think we should “get a life.”
We’ll get a life when a meeting between two female politicians is reported in the same way as a meeting between two male politicians.