Yes, it’s 2015 and a newspaper is rating how attractive female politicians are

Null

The Belfast Telegraph has produced a quite staggering article judging election candidates based purely on their looks and dress sense in campaign posters.

Reaction to the double-page spread on Thursday, which labels one female candidate a “girly girl”, admires a “plunging neck line” and notes that another looks like she needs “a good night’s sleep”, has been branded sexist and outdated by commenters online.

And reading the article (titled “So, which candidates are topping the poles [sic]”) in full, it’s perhaps easy to understand why people might hold those opinions.

While male candidates don’t escape the objectification (one looks “smirky smug”, while another has teeth that “look as if they were never intended for eating with”), they play a mere peripheral role on the layout of the page.

Continue reading: Yes, it’s 2015 and a newspaper is rating how attractive female politicians are