“The fact that if it had been 2 men meeting say Alex Salmond and David Cameron the mention of their shoes and whether or not they were fashionable would not have been brought up.”
In 2016 did we ever actually think that we would be faced with the above tweet from the Sun Politics Twitter? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Despite the fact that we are in the 5th wave of feminism, the First Minister of Scotland is a female – the first female, I might add – and the Prime Minster of the political union that is the UK is also a female the only thing that can be commented on is the fact that Nicola Sturgeon has worn a crocodile-skin shoe to a meeting at Downing Street.
The tweet that Miriam Brett responded is probably the best response I read to this tweet purely for the fact that it didn’t go on the attack or become defensive. It highlighted the idiocy of the Sun Politics tweet.
So what in this tweet bothered me so much that I had to pull together my thoughts in a blog post?
The fact that if it had been 2 men meeting say Alex Salmond and David Cameron the mention of their shoes and whether or not they were fashionable would not have been brought up. It would be 2 leaders going in to a meeting to discuss, negotiate and define a matter that affects the Country. It isn’t a fashion parade of people with limited brain cells (keep your personal opinions on the ladies in question out of it, we all know they are intelligent even if we do not agree with the work they do.) Why are females represented differently in the media than their male counterparts? I am aware that this is The Sun which I don’t hold in high regard for reporting news but the fact that on a Twitter account that has a focus on politics how can this be deemed to be relevant content to promote the fact that Nicola Sturgeon is in negotiations with Theresa May is difficult to comprehend.
This view that the only point that can be drawn from this meeting is that Nicola has nice shoes on is an archaic point of view of women in politics, business, pretty much any industry if not society in 2016. These women are in positions of power and are intelligent, educated individuals that happen to like a good shoe! Would it have been so difficult to create content that promotes the fact that they are meeting to discuss a serious matter? Would the hit on the engagement levels on social media been so huge for the Sun Politics Twitter account that the only logical move would be to make it a sexist and offensive tweet that undermines the purpose of Nicola Sturgeon being in London? There is an air of misogyny about the tweet, the fact that only the crocodile skin shoes have been mentioned is a belittling attempt at avoiding the real reason for the Scottish First Ministers presence at Number 10 and the bigger picture that Scotland and the UK have females in positions of powers. What effect does it have on anything other than the female in the shoes potentially feeling a little bit more confident, put together and sassy? None of which are bad things to feel, I may add. The shoe doesn’t change the intelligence of the woman.