Daily Mail ‘Brexit’ Headline Mixes Objectification And Gibberish

It’s a little-known fact that most women’s torsos are propped up by these things called legs. Are you a woman? Glance down and you might yet see the body parts in question.

The Daily Mail has inspired outrage (and gotten in hot water) for running a cover photo of Theresa May, British Prime Minister, with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, accompanied by the headline, “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!” Why the exclamation mark, for what was evidently a question? Who knows. Were the two politicians in leggings, perhaps with an eye-catching pattern of some kind? Nope — regular Western business suits.

What’s disturbing about the headline, of course, is that it reminds women — and not just the two in the photo — that no matter our age or accomplishments, society judges us in terms of our looks. Objectification is a problem precisely because it’s about reducing women and women alone to just one facet of the human experience.

But I still can’t get past… What even is a “Legs-it?” Are their legs meant to be… exiting? Exiting Europe? The headline gestures at offensiveness, but falls short of making any sense.

Phoebe Maltz Bovy edits the Sisterhood, and can be reached at bovy@forward.com. She is the author of “The Perils Of ‘Privilege’”, from St. Martin’s Press. Follow her on Twitter, @tweetertation

Daily Mail ‘Brexit’ Headline Mixes Objectification And Gibberish

Daily Mail ‘Brexit’ Headline Mixes Objectification And Gibberish

This story "Daily Mail ‘Brexit’ Headline: Objectifying Gibberish" was written by Phoebe Maltz Bovy.

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