The legs-it non-story.


Theresa May lately met Nicola Sturgeon. The Prime Minister was discussing Brexit and a possible second Scottish referendum with the First Minister. As the two politicians met in Edinburgh they posed for a photo.  Both women wore knee length skirts and tights.

Jane Vine – a Mail journalist – quipped that it was legs-it. She wondered who had the finer legs. This pun has caused a shit storm of outrage from feminist whingers. These people are desperate to find something to moan about.

Most men are hetero. Men are usually more visually aroused than women are. Straight men tend to derive gratification from looking at women’s legs. Women often take pride in their appearance and compare themselves to other females. None of this should come as any surprise to an adult.

Feminists screeched that it was an abomination that Jane Vine should have commented on the appearance of these politicians.  Those who are so intolerant are not just women. Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn have joined in this crusade. The self righteousness is emetic. Does anyone genuinely feel so exercised about such an article? If so I pity them.

There are parts of the world where women really are oppressed. Try Saudi Arabia for male privilege. Take on the patriarchy there. Do not waste your breath with whining about an inconsequential article in the Daily Mail.

Women and men are a little bit different. Most people realise that. We are not radically different – we overlap very considerably. There is of course much diversity within the gender. But no one should be horrified that males usually care more about a woman’s body than men normally care about a man’s.

Jane Vine got enough of a pasting for her tongue in cheek piece. If a man had published this I suspect the fury would have been even more ferocious. She is married to Michael Gove – the former Tory cabinet minister. Could it be that some of the wrath was because of her perceived political outlook?

Feminists complain that women are frequently judged on their appearance. They are and people are entitled to judge others on whatever they want. You may find someone else’s attitude distasteful but do not say that he or she should not express it. I do not doubt the right of feminists to publish their preposterous screeds.

We are permitted to remark on the appearance of politicians. People do this less about men than women. Maybe because women do not rank appearance of the opposite sex as being so important.

This is a storm in a teacup. Feminists should grow up. Perhaps there are some sensible feminists who recognised this kerfuffle for being what it was: nonsense.



About Calers

Born Belfast 1971. I read history at Edinburgh. I did a Master's at UCL. I have semi-libertarian right wing opinions. I am married with a daughter and a son. I am allergic to cats. I am the falling hope of the not so stern and somewhat bending Tories. I am a legal beagle rather than and eagle. Big up the Commonwealth of Nations.

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