Government’s new ‘Women’s Network’ receives significant backlash online for unfortunate logo: ‘As bad as you’d imagine’
The logo for Prime Minister and Cabinet’s (PM&C) new branch dubbed “Women’s Network,” has come under fire for its allegedly phallic logo.
The Woman’s Network is a new government initiative that is geared towards gender equality, with a description of the organisation saying it, “champions equal opportunity on behalf of its members and is an inclusive, volunteer-based organisation built by members, for members.”
Despite the purpose of the network, many internet users have been quick to point out the stark resemblance between the logo and the male anatomy.
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One user wrote, “This is the PM&C’s Women’s Network logo. Yep. The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet want to promote gender equality with this image.”
The National Older Women’s Network said, “I thought this was satire, but it is either thoughtless or an insult. Public money was spent getting a graphic artist, choosing the design, selecting colours, approving, printing and publishing this logo for the Prime Minister’s and Cabinet’s Women’s Network. Poor messaging.”
Another tweeted, “Scott’s own government department, the Women’s Network, has a logo that is…a little phallic. You couldn’t write this!”
“I really thought this logo for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinets women’s network was fake but uh … do they know?” Another wrote alongside an image of the logo.
The topic gained so much traction on social media that it was among the most talked-about subjects trending on Twitter in Australia.
The debate extended into Reddit as well, with a thread titled “Prime minister and cabinet’s ‘Women’s Network logo’ is as bad as you’d imagine” taking off.
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Morrison has received significant backlash over his response to sexual assault and gender inequality in parliament.
Last month, he addressed the government’s failings towards women in Parliament saying, “I am sorry. We are sorry.”
“Exploitation, abuse and harassment has played itself out through terrible traumatic and harrowing experiences,” he said. “The harassment of staff, particularly female staff, as well as the harassment of female members and senators. This has to change, it is changing, and I believe it will change.”
Australian activist, Grace Tame has also been vocal in her criticism of the Prime Minister’s response to sexual assault allegations within the Australian parliament and beyond.
Earlier this month, the former Australian of the Year refused to smile during a meeting with Morrison.
After receiving backlash for the stony-faced encounter, she addressed her critics saying she had long suffered in silence and would no longer offer “civility” simply to uphold the status quo.
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