British tabloid, Daily Mail, has defended its newspaper headline focussing on the legs of Prime Minister Theresa May and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeons’ legs.
A spokesperson for Daily Mail was quoted by The Independent, “For goodness stake, get a life! Sarah Vine’s piece, which was flagged as light-hearted, was a side-bar alongside a serious political story. It appeared in an 84-page paper packed with important news and analysis, a front page exclusive on cost-cutting in the NHS (National Health Service) and a health supplement devoted to women’s health issues.”
The paper’s Tuesday edition’s front page headline had said, “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!”
The headline did not go down well with many women including the Green Party’s deputy leader, Amelia Womack, who contacted Independent Press Standards Organisation to lodge her complaint against the paper.
Womack said, “This headline and the further derogatory comments inside the paper would not have even been considered, let alone published, if the two politicians in question had been men.
“Women in the public sphere deserve to be treated with respect and the headline contributes to a wider culture of sexism. It reinforces a fallacy that politics isn’t a place for women, potentially putting off the next generation of leaders and decision makers.”