Knees of the business

This morning’s Daily Mail front page inevitably turned up on Twitter, tagged as #everydaysexism:

Front page of the Daily Mail 28 March 2007

Let the record show that I told you it’s irrelevant in the grand scheme of things whether the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom or the First Minister of Scotland has nicer legs.

And having said that, I whisper my unofficial thoughts on the matter:

  • As I learned a long time ago, the legs are among the last things to go. (Theresa May is sixty; Nicola Sturgeon is forty-eight.)
  • I have done a Rule 5 feature on May, but not on Sturgeon.
  • On the other, um, hand, She Politico, a YouTube channel composed entirely of three-minute musings on the legs of women in politics, has never featured May, but has featured Sturgeon.
  • Sturgeon, in public at least, prefers shoes more conservative than May’s, though the Daily Mail photo does not really reflect that preference.

Speaking of She Politico, their most recent subjects were Kamala Harris (Senator from California) and Elaine Chao (Secretary of Transportation). But none of that matters, right?


  1. Holly H »

    29 March 2017 · 8:48 am

    So, the Daily Mail is “Newspaper of the Year”, and it runs a front-page story about female politician’s legs. Something is out of kilter.

  2. McG »

    29 March 2017 · 10:41 am

    Famous women’s legs used to be the stuff of celebrity gossip magazines. Someone on Fleet Street (and its U.S. counterpart) noticed those magazines sell better, and get talked about more, than hard-news broadsheets.

  3. Holly H »

    29 March 2017 · 10:59 am

    Yep, pandering to the lowest common denominator is an old tradition.

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