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Restaurant removes 'woman's mouth' urinals

2012-10-10 15:01

Sydney - A new French restaurant in Sydney said on Wednesday it would remove two urinals designed to resemble a woman's lipsticked mouth, apologising for any offence they have caused.

The Ananas Bar and Brasserie said the bright red-lipped urinals shaped like an open mouth were "a commonly used European design piece from female Dutch artist Meike van Schijndel".

"We sincerely apologise if they have caused offence. They are being removed today," a spokesperson said in a statement.

The stylish restaurant opened three weeks ago, with the Sydney Morning Herald's food reviewer describing the urinals as "no real surprise here at Ananas, merely adding to the extraordinary collision of statements and intent".

But feminist, former political adviser and writer Anne Summers said the design was offensive. "Misogyny is very widespread, and this is just an example of misogyny," said Summers.

"The concept is pretty challenging and confronting. They're asking men to put their dicks in these mouths as urinals."

Australia is the grip of a fierce political debate about sexism after Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the nation's first woman leader, accused opposition leader Tony Abbott of being a misogynist.

The unmarried Gillard said on Tuesday she had been personally offended by many of Abbott's remarks over the years - from urging her to "make an honest woman of herself", to his cat-calling at her in parliament.

"If he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn't need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror," she said in stinging comments.

Comments
  • hein.heine - 2012-10-10 15:19

    Australia is full of sh!$

  • zaatheist - 2012-10-10 15:24

    Some people need to get a life. Do I like these designs? Yes! Shanks for asking.

  • vlarismam - 2012-10-10 15:26

    Well said Gillard!

  • Tamandjaz - 2012-10-10 15:51

    well, it seems that the women are offended - but women are not allowed in men's loo's so where is the harm?

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-10-10 16:20

    So funny to watch the professionally offended classes get their knickers in a knot.

  • dan.cooper.9634 - 2012-10-10 17:08

    how about replacing them with male anus urinals , will that be politically correct

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-10-10 17:14

    She obviously got upset cause her husband wanted head and she didn't want to put out.... there absolutely nothing offensive of these urinals what the hell is the woman doing in the mens room...

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-10-10 17:25

    While we're on the sexism issue, anyone ever notice that 1st for women insurance ads are just plain misandric BS? Yet a similarly insulting ad for men's insurance wouldn't even make it past the pitching stages on the grounds of being sexist.

  • michelle.fick.3 - 2012-10-10 18:23

    Mmmmm .... I'm female. I am not offended by this. I think it's rather funny. If they had to come up with a similar funny concept for female toilets, would all you guys be offended?

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-11 08:43

      No offense. What did you have in mind? Toilet shaped like a willy?

      michelle.fick.3 - 2012-10-11 09:36

      @Richard: Ha Ha! No I didn't have anything particular in mind :) But, now that I think about it: how about a "willy"-shaped soap dispenser?

  • Adil Smit - 2012-10-10 19:07

    Not offended. Australia very serious...,

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