10/10/2012 13:16 BST | Updated 12/10/2012 12:55 BST

Mouth-Shaped Urinals Removed From Sydney Restaurant For Being Sexist

A restaurant is Sydney is removing urinals in the shape of a wide open women's mouth complete with voluptuous red lips, after complaints that they are misogynistic.

The French-themed Ananas Bar and Brassiere installed the pieces by female Dutch artist Meike van Schijnde, saying that they were intended to be 'playful'.

A spokeswoman for the eatery added: "We sincerely apologise if they have caused offence, they are being removed today.”

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The urinals were designed by Dutch artist Meike van Schijnde

The offending urinals were brought to the attention of the wider public in a review by Sydney Morning Herald restaurant critic, Terry Durack which opened with: "Can we talk about the urinals first, and get that out of the way, please?

"Weirdly, they come as no real surprise here at Ananas, merely adding to the extraordinary collision of statements and intent."

Not everyone agreed. Rather than pay lip service to the urinals, feminist commentator and publisher Anne Summers said: “Misogyny is very widespread, and this is just an example of misogyny. The concept is pretty challenging and confronting.

“They’re asking men to put their d**ks in these mouths as urinals.”

It comes in the same week that the subject of Australia's supposed deep rooted sexism exploded on to the floor of the House of Representatives as Prime Minister Julia Gillard ripped into opposition leader, Tony Abbott about his attitude towards women.