No sooner were the covers whipped off the Al Wakrah design, than
pundits worldwide weighed in, insisting that what was supposed to
represent "the sails of the Arabian pearl fishing boat the Dhow" was in
fact a mammoth yoni.
An indignant Zaha Hadid, described by Time as "the world’s best-known female architect", told the magazine: "It’s really embarrassing that
they come up with nonsense like this. What are they saying? Everything
with a hole in it is a vagina? That’s ridiculous."
She added: "Honestly, if a guy had done this project, critics would not
be making such lewd comparisons."
Actually, we suspect that in this case it's a matter of calling a spade
a spade, irrespective of the architect's gender.
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