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Odd, but Brexit debate offered up a sexism wakeup call last week

By Sheila Copps      

Why is it considered fair game to make light of women’s body parts, especially in the context of a political negotiation?

Just as two leaders were meeting to tackle the thorny issue of United Kingdom’s divorce from the European Union, the best a British tabloid could do was serve up a piece on the shape of the leaders’ legs, writes Sheila Copps. First Minister of Scotland Nicole Sturgeon, left, and British Prime Minister Theresa May, pictured on the front page of the Daily Mail on March 28, 2017. Image of the Daily Mail

OTTAWA—If ever the world needed a sexism wakeup call, the Brexit debate offered it up last week. Just as two leaders were meeting to tackle the thorny issue of the United Kingdom’s divorce from the European Union, the best a British tabloid could do was serve up a piece on the shape of the leaders’ legs. "Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!," the headline read, "Sarah Vine's light-hearted verdict on the big showdown." Worse than even committing the

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