The Washington Post Express, a free daily publication in DC, may be a bit confused about gender. Or rather, the binary symbols that commonly represent male and female.
For anyone who might be missing the error, please consider the following informative table:
The cover features the likely-historic rally in Washington to be held on January 21. However, the Women’s March on Washington is being held specifically in support of women’s rights… and that’s specifically a male symbol.
Questions have been raised about the male/female ratio of their editorial board and artistic team.
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) January 5, 2017
I can completely imagine a female employee trying to correct this while a male employee talks over her to praise it.
— Kirsten 🐌 (@flungoutofspace) January 5, 2017
And wondering what this indicates about dudes being the default.
You prolly think this march is about you. pic.twitter.com/BHtqSEd1MT
— smiling cat face with heart-shaped eyes (@chelseagsummers) January 5, 2017
— Erin Cauchi (@EDCauchi) January 5, 2017
“We made a mistake on our cover this morning and we’re very embarrassed,” they acknowledged later via Twitter. “We erroneously used a male symbol instead of a female symbol.”
They then tweeted a new cover, writing: “This is how the cover should have looked. We apologize for the mistake.”
This is how the cover should have looked. We apologize for the mistake. pic.twitter.com/MKKOkHPV8T
— Express (@WaPoExpress) January 5, 2017
On Twitter, the original Tweet with the male-symbol cover has been deleted. (Which is probably fine, since it also had a typo itself.) However, printed copies can’t be so easily redacted:
— Genevieve "All This Seems Unnecessary" Burgess (@rustyheadedgirl) January 5, 2017
Even in contrition, the publication remained PLAGUED BY TYPOS:
right now someone at wapoexpress is using their "screaming pillow" in their cubicle pic.twitter.com/MpgsbN2Mzd
— Gregory Possum-Liker🐀 (@cat_beltane) January 5, 2017
Don’t get me wrong, I remain impressed by the good folks who can crank out articles, graphics, covers, and more on the daily, under great pressure. But I have to wonder how many sets of eyes that had to make it past without anyone noticing that anything was wrong.
I also salute the crew who got their correction out quickly and with apology. Plenty of readers thanked them for the quick fix on such an epic fail, offered to “help,” or at least indicated amusement:
Thank you for apology. You really should reprint this tomorrow, tho. Erroneous version all over town this morning @postbaron
— dckath (@dckath) January 5, 2017
— neontaster 🚟 (@neontaster) January 5, 2017
[runs up, out of breath]
<gasping for breath>
With the sym-
You used the wrong-
— Robert McNees (@mcnees) January 5, 2017
It was so funny I'm not even mad. @WaPoExpress
— Laura 'Ban the Nazis' Shortridge (@DiscordianKitty) January 5, 2017
Regardless of the kerfuffle over the cover, the story about the march itself is well worth a read.