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“They used the wrong gender symbol”

by Prince Of Petworth January 5, 2017 at 11:01 am 34 Comments


A reader notes:

“Did you notice the giant mistake on the Washington posts article regarding the Women’s March. They used the wrong gender symbol.”

Oof, now that you mention it:

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  • skj84

    How did no one notice this before they went to print? The mind boggles.

    • Tito Jackson

      It’s also the Volvo logo… It’s very possible that the graphic designer stripped it from a Volvo ad.

      • DRC

        Nah, check out the detail of the people in the main circle compared to the arrow that sticks out of it. Then look at the + below the circle in the ‘corrected’ version. They photoshopped a circle of people to make them gender signs.

        Pretty bad screw up, for sure.

  • FridayGirl

    (On a much smaller note, I saw an Express article on WaPo’s website this morning that says “appreciate D.C. better.” I’m no grammar expert but I feel like it should be “more,” not “better.” Whoever was working this week was clearly not thinking…)

    • AnonPetworth

      I agree that it sounds awkward, but you can appreciate something better (as in have different, more nuanced, or deeper reasons for appreciating the city or “better” ways in which you express that appreciation, even if your overall level of appreciation doesn’t change) and/or you can appreciate something more (change your level of appreciation, but keep the way or reasons that you appreciate it the same). Whether the WaPo writer meant this or not is anyone’s guess, but it’s not automatically wrong.

      • Anon

        I love it when grammar pedants get their due.

        • FridayGirl

          Not automatically wrong but to most readers it still sounds very bizarre.

          • Anon

            So, your opinion is the opinion of ‘most readers?’

      • Hill Denizen

        Agreed. It depends on context, though just seeing that sentence I don’t think it sounds weird at all. I think a lot people appreciate DC, particularly in comparison to just a few years ago, but is it in the most productive, beneficial way?

      • Hill Denizen

        Agreed. It depends on context, though just seeing that sentence I don’t think it sounds weird at all. I think a lot people appreciate DC, particularly in comparison to just a few years ago, but is it in the most productive, beneficial way?

  • also anon

    This is Express not The Washington Post. It’s a different publication with different editors.

    • facts

      The Express, “a publication of the Washington Post.” As it says on the cover.

      • also anon

        Yes as you mention “a publication of” does not mean “The Washington Post” as the OP said.

    • Khris

      Maybe so, but it still reflects the current state of journalism at the Washington Post. Obvious errors such as this, along with countless grammatical mistakes are seemingly acceptable at the Post these days. I’m far from a master of the English language, and I see this stuff more than I should. And they don’t correct anything, even with the opportunity to do so online.

      • Hill Denizen

        They’re adding a ton of new reporters, but I hope they also bring on some copy editors, because yeah, the mistakes are glaring.

      • ah

        Maybe it’s the ones who couldn’t meet the Post’s standards?

  • Q

    This reminds me of the DC election guide of a few years ago that had the flag printed upside down on the cover. This is why the world needs editors, people!

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    • Fairmont

      I was really hoping for the upside down flag this year… it would have been so much more appropriate for this past apocalypse, i mean, election.

  • The Post Express has been a sh#^show for years. Daily I find words missing, typos, sentences that drop off into oblivion, and more. One of the more glaring errors recently was Egypt spelled as Eygpt in a major headline.

    • textdoc

      LOL and ouch!

    • Q

      There were even typos in the now-deleted tweets of the original cover (“today’a”) and the correction (“errnoeously”). Yeesh. I weep for our educational system.

      • Truxton Thomas

        I weep for copy editor layoffs. There are many highly educated, but unemployed, copy editors out there. They are the first to go in newsrooms.

        • Q

          AGREED. Editors are worth their weight in gold. But some of this stuff is so egregious that I can’t believe any educated person wouldn’t notice it. And because these things can’t go out without being approved by more than one person, a whole group of educated people didn’t bother looking closely at it, didn’t think critically about it, or didn’t know enough to realize it was wrong. Sigh.

          • Truxton Thomas

            No doubt about it. This is a massive oversight that surely involves many editors and designers at various levels. I’m sure at least one of them lost their breakfast over this.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          yup. Which is beyond stupid!

        • MsSunshine

          YES! Remember when they fired everyone and asked the readership to be their copy editors???

  • Col. Mustard

    I just heard the Russians hacked the original design because of how bad WaPo has been treating Trump. #45

  • lindz0722

    At least they just admitted they made a mistake, said they were embarrassed, and apologized, instead of trying to explain it away. Pretty rare these days.

    • Anon

      Heh, reminds me of that recent Parking Pass gaffe by DDOT. They doubled-down on their mistake and came out looking rather foolish.

  • MadMax

    I’m surprised they didn’t try to spin it as some progressive gender-reassignment twist. As an aside, unless someone pointed out to me that it was wrong there’s almost zero chance I would have noticed myself, since I can’t tell you the last time I’ve ever needed to actually know which planetary symbol relates to male or female. I bet if you ask me tomorrow I’ll have forgotten again already.

  • DVK2

    That’s what you get when you hire the equivalent of high school interns writing the paper. The WaPo Express is atrocious and the WaPo should be ashamed for putting out such shoddy journalism with sensationalist, and often inaccurate, headlines. This is what lures young people into believing all that fake news out there.

    • MadMax

      No. People sitting in Eastern European shacks crunching out fake articles for pay, because it’s a booming business, is what gets people to believe fake news. That and a general lack of effort on their own part to confirm source material before clicking “share”.

  • takomanorpark

    Question: how many women looked at this cover before it went to print? I’m honestly hoping this was an equal-opportunity gaffe, but wouldn’t be surprised if there was a whiff of newsroom sexism underneath it all.


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