31 Brilliant Responses To The Sexist "Legs-It" Front Page That Left Britain Fuming
Nobody expects formality from tabloid headlines. But maybe it's time to raise the bar at least an inch (make that 2.54 centimeters) or two. On Wednesday, London tabloid the Daily Mail decided to help readers understand the incredibly complex and definitely tumultuous impact of Great Britain leaving the European Union (or Brexit) with a front page focusing on... women's legs.
That's right: The real issue of the day was apparently determining whether Prime Minister Theresa May or Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon had the better-looking gams. The two women had come together to discuss the looming realities of exiting the EU. One potential side effect of Brexit could very well be Scotland voting to leave the UK in order to keep itself a part of the EU. That'd be, uh, a pretty big deal.
But not as big a deal as these ladies' shapely legs! That's according to the trashy Daily Mail headline: "Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-It!" Let's note the obvious: If these two were male, the angle would have been a tad different...
Thankfully, Twitter was there to absorb and transmit all the various and hilarious responses to the "Legs-It" controversy.
2. Better headline
3. Male legs have been unfairly ignored here
4. Calling on feminism
5. I don't know of this emoji
6. Needed: more women in government
7. Maybe the Daily Mail has this one framed
8. Who's winning this race to the trash can?
9. Distraction is key
10. Sayin' it like it is
11. When accomplishments are secondary to sex appeal...
12. Can't be sexist if a woman writes it, don't ya know?
13. Legs are not the problem here (!!!)
Obviously, the Daily Mail thinks all the backlash is just some regular PC nonsense, posting the same photo with May and Sturgeon's legs blocked out in response. "CENSORED BY THE LEFT," it reads.
Hey, here's a fun fact: Their legs were fine. It's the unjustified focus on them, as opposed to the actual work May and Sturgeon might be up to, that caused the reaction.
15. Sexist messaging, 100%
16. What's a medical professional to do?
19. Don't ignore the first part of that headline
20. Oh yeah. That guy
21. "Remember to forget that we supported Brexit, now"
22. Let's talk about how this is different
While the Daily Mail points out that it has indeed critiqued the appearance of male politicians as well, there's a crucial distinction here. May and Sturgeon were not just observed, but sexualized. The article itself makes explicit what the headline implies: These women are to be thought of in objectified fashion. That's it.
23. Simple. True
24. Because if you do care more about their legs than Brexit...
26. Why the fight matters
28. Powerful women, still objectified
29. They didn't even get the grammar right!
30. Once you see this as a 1950s throwback, it will ALWAYS LOOK THAT WAY
31. An insult to adolescent boys everywhere
But if this was cleared by a middle school team of hormonal boys, then we could at least cut the editorial department some slack.
Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon are trying to work out the best way forward for their countries in the midst of a massive economic and political change. This is not easy work. The last thing on any serious person's mind should be which one has "better" legs. It's asinine, utterly unhelpful, and offensive.