The Washington Post Express’ Dazed and Gender-Symbol Confused Morning

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, or at least our gender symbols are.

The early days of January have already brought us a candidate for most embarrassing correction of the year. The Washington Post’s free daily, Express, sent out into the world this morning what would have been a neat cover about the upcoming Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, were it not for one very visual error.

The salmon-hued cover featured a group of people formed into what should have been the gender symbol representing women, but was instead the one representing men.

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The Express eventually realized its mistake and sent out a digital correction.

But not before being subjected to a social media skewering:

Some were a bit kinder, even offering their own major gaffes:

And here’s a fun bit of trivia. The gender symbols we use and misuse are derived from cuneiform depictions that connect gender to what has been a planetary cliche since ancient times, apparently: Mars for the male symbol and Venus for the female.