This Is an Odd Way to Illustrate Story About Women

Male gender symbol used instead of female gender symbol
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2017 1:47 PM CST
Men Are From Mars, Women Are ... Not Represented on This Cover
The Express accidentally used a male gender symbol for its cover story on the Women's March on Washington.   (Twitter)

The Thursday edition of the Washington Post Express features a cover story on the upcoming Women's March on Washington, so obviously the magazine's cover features a group of people arranged into the...male gender symbol? Whoops. The Washingtonian reports Express followed a tweet of the original cover with a tweet apologizing for the mistake and an updated cover featuring the female gender symbol. "We made a mistake on our cover this morning and we’re very embarrassed," Express states. "We erroneously used a male symbol instead of a female symbol." BuzzFeed notes this was Express' second attempt at an apology; the first featured a misspelling of the word "erroneously."

Slate reports the Women's March on Washington, scheduled for the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, is meant to remind people that "women's rights are human rights." So it's left wondering how a male gender symbol ended up on the cover: Maybe Express thought the arrow was "more dynamic," or maybe there's a "secret men's rights activist" in the newsroom? Meanwhile, the Verge has other problems with the cover, including the stereotypical use of pink for a story about women and a poor Photoshop job. It notes the corrected cover image "is full of half-people and random body parts piled on top of each other" creating a "terrifying image of ritualistically arranged severed limbs." So, anyway, rough day at the Washington Post. (Read more oops stories.)

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