Sunday 23 October 2016

'What's she HIDING?' - Police under fire for 'sexist' handbag tweet

Helena Horton

Published 06/10/2016 | 09:16

The Greater Manchester police force has come under fire for a tweet interpreted by some as sexist.

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The offending tweet features a picture of a large brown handbag, captioned "What's she HIDING?".

It has been retweeted over 600 times, with one Twitter user writing: "This tweet is sinister, offensive and sexist. Get rid of it."

Others guessed what may have been hidden in the bag.

One person tweeted: "I say it's another, smaller bag".

Another quipped: "I think the bag's a decoy and she's hiding another person on her shoulders under a long coat."

Deborah Metters wrote on their Facebook page: "Since you ask: tampons, sanitary towel, keys, phone, ereader, folding shopping bag, lipstick, travelcard. & a load of receipts. Is that allowed?"

It was also pointed out that men, as well as women, can use subterfuge to hide illicit items.

The photograph, according to the police force, is part of their 'girls with guns' campaign, which is aimed to raise awareness around the issue of women carrying guns.

The Greater Manchester Police has been contacted for comment.

The police force has come under fire for tweets posted on its account before.

Greater Manchester Police apologised after posting an "unacceptable" image of two men dressed in Nazi uniforms on its official Twitter page.

It removed the tweet from the GMP Traffic Twitter account, which had shown the men wearing SS uniforms and standing next to a German military Kubelwagen.

The tweet, which was posted in August, was captioned: "M62 J22 On the west Yorkshire border. These two likely lads trying to invade".

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