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Cover Of WaPo Express Celebrates Women’s Rights With… Male Gender Symbol

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Here in the far-flung future of 2017, a lot of people are having trouble telling the boys from the girls anymore. We hear a lot about “gender fluidity” and “the evils of cisnormativity” and stuff like that. Hell, Tinder actually has 37 genders now, just so nobody feels left out! (And if you swipe left on all but one of them, you’re a bigot.)

So I can hardly blame WaPo Express for getting confused. That’s the Washington Post’s free daily newspaper, as found strewn around the floor of any DC Metro station. Here’s the cover of today’s edition (courtesy of Chris Hynes):


That’s what they tweeted out this morning. Notice anything odd?

And yes, it went to press like that:

Damn. Prince dies, and suddenly everybody forgets which part of his symbol was which!

All those layers and layers of editors and fact-checkers, and not one of them looked at that symbol and said, “Wait. Is that right? Let me Google it real quick…”

It’s fixed now, sorta:

Let that be a lesson to all of us: Gender is just a social construct, but that’s no excuse for such blatant misogyny!