Daily Mail criticized for sexist 'Legs-It' front page

Tuesday's cover of U.K. paper The Daily Mail drew criticism practically immediately upon release.

The tabloid featured world leaders, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and British Prime Minister Theresa May, with the caption, "Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!"

Credit: The Daily Mail

According to The Guardian, the comparison of the women's legs continued inside the paper. A headline read, "Finest weapons at their command? Those pins!" Furthermore, a column by Sarah Vine said that Sturgeon's legs were "altogether more flirty, tantalizingly crossed ... a direct attempt at seduction."

Social media was swift with its critiques, from both British politicians and the public.

Yvette Cooper, Labor Member of Parliament, said on Twitter: "It's 2017. Two women's decisions will determine if United Kingdom continues to exist. And front page news is their lower limbs. Obviously."

Cooper was far from alone in her outrage. Check out what others had to say:

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Moronic! And we are in 2017! https://t.co/LTGEZdtNo3
It's 2017. This sexism must be consigned to history. Shame on the Daily Mail. https://t.co/V3RpFSgfnO
This is what happens when you let that drunk, pervy uncle at a wedding edit a newspaper. https://t.co/FQcqjjQMNJ
We're living in the most political unstable era of my lifetime, and the Daily Mail are writing sexist articles abou… https://t.co/RpeOcDToNQ
I fixed it. #dailymail https://t.co/KHv6WHrZzO
Breaking news: two women have four legs between them. Forget their brains - utterly immaterial. United by being unw… https://t.co/btL988cfzS
.@EverydaySexism My 16 year old asked if it's real. Yep, hard to believe that this is a national newspaper's politi… https://t.co/Wc2WMyl4dS
'Legs-it'. The Mail is literally that man on the last train home who leans over stinking of piss and brandy and tel… https://t.co/EBu4OIWsa1

The Daily Mail has not released a statement as of Tuesday morning.

This is a developing story.

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