Demand the Daily Mail apologises for their sexist coverage of May and Sturgeon
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Yesterday Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon* met to discuss the most important political issues of recent times: the very future of the United Kingdom, and the place of both Scotland and the rest of the UK in the world as we proceed to leave the EU.
Despite this conversation topic, and the stature of the two involved parties, the Daily Mail decided to run with this headline on its front page, alongside a photo of May and Sturgeon:
"Nevermind Brexit, who won Legs-It!"
The paper may well have included analysis of the meeting's content later in the article. But they chose this phrase, contextualised by that photo, to go on their front page.
A front page that sits in newsagents and supermarkets at a child's eye level, left on buses and trains and on coffee tables across the country. A front page that tells girls that they can reach the most powerful position in their country, but they still need to have nice legs to be a success. A front page that tells boys (and girls, and men, and other women) that despite the seniority, expertise or humanity of a woman in the public eye, her appearance is fair game for comment.
I want to live in a country where this is attitude no longer prevalent, and certainly one where the mainstream press doesn't advocate it.
And comforting as retweeting a sarcastic comment or meme is, we need to actually act if we're ever going to change this. I don't want the next generation of young women to still be facing this kind of 'journalism' as they wake up in the morning and check news feeds, or pop into the shops to buy milk.
That's why we need to:
- Complain to the Daily Mail's editor Paul Dacre and demand a public and private apology to both May and Sturgeon for the paper's sexist coverage of them.
- And if that doesn't work: complain to Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) and request an investigation into continued sexism (and racism, and homophobia, the list goes on) in the paper. This goes beyond 'taste and decency' at this point.
I'll be complaining - and by signing this petition you can add your voice to these complaints and help drag the Daily Mail into the 21st century. They've done it before and they certainly will do it again, so it's time to act.
*Formal titles: The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service and Prime Minister; Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the Scottish National Party.
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