#Legsit: Are we making a stiletto out of a kitten heel?

No one could have missed the Twitterverse reacting to the Daily Fail’s recent headline coverage of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit meeting.

Rather than running an intelligent piece discussing the conflicts and tensions underlying it and current events, Sarah Vine opted to provide a “light-hearted verdict on the big showdown”.

The account was so “light-hearted” that she went on to say “what stands out here are the legs – and the vast expanse on show. There is no doubt that both women consider their pins to be the finest weapon in their physical arsenal. Consequently, both have been unsheathed.”

Vine even referred to Sturgeon’s legs as “altogether more flirty, tantalisingly crossed” and “a direct attempt at seduction.” At which point I confess I up-sicked a bit and had to lie down in a darkened room for 10 minutes.

There is absolutely no doubt that this headline, and the entire article for that matter, is utter tosh.  Forget triggering Article 50, it suddenly feels more like 1950; however, there is a Pavlovian response when it comes to the Fail and this popular bandwagon.

Forgive me if I am missing the point, but I honestly couldn’t give a monkey’s.  I’ve written about everyday sexism on multiple occasions, and yes, this is a prime example – but what do you expect from a paper of this quality?

They have deliberately taken the view that it’s important to offer a dumbed-down version of events for their readership. So, they have looked at their target audience, ascertained the political context of the meeting was too “adult” for them, and have had to turn it in to a piece about legs and apparently Sturgeon the Seductress.

No, sorry, feeling sick again now.

I get the disgust, I get the “not in our name” and I get the condemnation; however, it’s just adding fuel to the fire and giving them more air time than they actually deserve. Can you imagine how much they can add to their online advertising rates now you’ve all taken the time to click on their original story? A story you would never have read in a million years if it hadn’t courted controversy.

IPSO aren’t going to be investigating the complaints received as they have not been made by either of the individuals concerned, who are at the heart of this so-called “discrimination”.  Which makes me think we’d all do a lot better if we were a little more May and Sturgeon in this matter.

While they both might be appalled that their meeting has been reduced to a commentary on their pins, they both accept it is what it is.  The Fail has run equally stupid front pages in the past – I for one will never get the image of David Cameron in his swimming shorts out of my mind.

However, there is often less indignation when it is a man on the brunt of it – when their political story has been boiled down to an image of their flabby middle-aged paunch jiggling about in the waves.  It’s no less derogatory, and no less pointless. But it is apparently less jarring.

Don’t get me wrong, I despise the fact that papers can take an important issue and turn it in to something completely trivial.  I hate the way photos of anyone are taken and people feel it’s their right to pick the model apart, commenting on physical attributes rather than anything that has any real meaning. But I hate it more when people get their panties in a bunch because it’s a woman on the receiving end.

Say what you like about the Fail, as least they’re consistently shit.  They’re an equal opportunity offender in that sense.




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