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Women’s Network: Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Department of PM & Cabinet under fire over logo

Logo for Scott Morrison’s gender equality organisation is ruthlessly mocked for its X-rated appearance: ‘Ballsed it up a little bit didn’t they?’

  • Internet users have spotted a phallic image in the Women’s Network logo 
  • The Women’s Network champions gender equality in the Federal Govt   
  • It is part of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet  

A branch of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s personnel department that champions gender equality in the government is being ridiculed due to its logo’s phallic-like appearance. 

The Women’s Network, a wing of the department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), has been widely mocked due to its similarities with the male anatomy, with some Reddit users even suggesting its design was intentional. 

‘No logical mind in existence would entertain this as a coincidence/accident,’ one Reddit user wrote. ‘That is a penis and balls, sir.’

Viewers of the logo have been quick to draw similarities between the design and male anatomy

Several observers were adamant that the logo being used on the PM&C website resembled a male appendage  – while others saw a pair of breasts or even a tampon.  

Other comments felt the purple colour choice is identical to the eggplant emoji –  an emoji that has been widely repurposed to symbolise someone’s manhood. 

‘I’m honestly at a point where I don’t know if they are just so incredibly stupid or if they are doing it intentionally because they are just so misogynistic,’ one user commented. 

Another said: ‘Might also add that the creation of this comes after a sexual assault scandals amongst several party members and staffers of the main parties.’

The logo is being proudly displayed on the PM&C Women's Network website

The logo is being proudly displayed on the PM&C Women’s Network website 

Last month, Scott Morrison apologised for his government’s failings towards women in Parliament, following backlash over its treatment of sexism and sexual assault scandals.  

‘I am sorry. We are sorry,’ Mr Morrison said.    

‘Exploitation, abuse and harassment has played itself out through terrible traumatic and harrowing experiences.

‘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.’   

The Women’s Network was set up to advocate for equal opportunity and gender equality in the Australian public service by facilitating opportunities for learning, networking, career mobility, and flexible approaches to work. 

PM&C’s website states that ‘the network priorities are founded on driving cultural change and encouraging men to drive this cultural change, particularly in areas where men can make a significant contribution.’ 

As of March 2021, Australia ranked 50th on the Global Gender Gap report released by The World Economic Forum, dropping six places. 

Daily Mail Australia has approached the Federal Government for comment.