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I don't know about you, but as a woman, I sure do like the moon, being curvy, dancing in groups (especially in groups of three), bright colors, embracing hope, looking like a prehistoric rock painting and/or sculpture, and becoming a tree. [URL possibly NSFW] (via)
posted by Countess Elena (49 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
The other end of the spectrum is prettier, but not all that much more empowering. (caution, sound)
posted by poe at 5:28 PM on September 22, 2010


It's like Looking at all the aspects of Deanna Troi in logo form.
posted by Artw at 5:30 PM on September 22, 2010 [19 favorites]


Looking at all those photos of REAL women (not those nasty Kate Moss types!), I can only say: You go, girl! I know those skinny airbrushed models get on all the magazine covers, but as a man, you know what I'm really attracted to? A woman who's not afraid to be an abstract pseudo-calligraphic representation of strength and/or positive body image and/or low-cal cuisine and/or being brave about breast cancer. A Crayola-marker-looking shape, arms up and hair flowing, totally unashamed of being a Real Woman. THAT'S what turns this guy on. Work it, girl!
posted by Greg Nog at 5:32 PM on September 22, 2010 [30 favorites]


Wow. I had no idea women spent so much time with their hands above their heads.
posted by hippybear at 5:32 PM on September 22, 2010 [13 favorites]


Aren't women genetically predisposed to twirling? I think I read this in Weekly World News once, a long time ago. Or maybe it was Mad magazine.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:39 PM on September 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


Weeeeeeeeeeee!
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 5:45 PM on September 22, 2010


Also, this reminded me of this.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 5:47 PM on September 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


Aren't the 3-women all basically takeoffs on the three graces in art?

And what was the name of that artist, tip of my tongue, who did the cut-out pictures of dancing female figures, with bright colors? I'm pretty sure he's to blame for all the dancing abstract female forms-logos.
posted by emjaybee at 5:47 PM on September 22, 2010


wait, URLs not safe for work?
posted by found missing at 5:47 PM on September 22, 2010


Would you mind adding the "lady" tag to satisfy my personal post-aggregating needs?

Just amazing.
posted by hermitosis at 5:48 PM on September 22, 2010


I'm curious how these same graphic designers would depict men. All hard lines, I guess?
posted by !Jim at 5:54 PM on September 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wait, wait, wait...there's a women's group called Kutchi!? Is that pronounced how I think it's pronounced?

Folks, I think we're done here.
posted by phunniemee at 5:57 PM on September 22, 2010 [10 favorites]


Aren't the 3-women all basically takeoffs on the three graces in art?

Either that or they're the stuff of Altman-esque horrorscapes starring Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek.
posted by hermitosis at 5:58 PM on September 22, 2010


Reminds me an awful lot of my alma mater's logo.

Not sure of what that means. (Theatre professionals in training like to throw their hands up in the air, just like women?)
posted by JustKeepSwimming at 5:59 PM on September 22, 2010


> I sure do like the moon, being curvy, dancing in groups (especially in groups of three)

So, happy equinox. Full moon, too.
posted by jfuller at 6:20 PM on September 22, 2010


My favorite is the one of three contemplative lady-faces getting threatened by Florida, it's coming at them like a penis of land and one lady is looking straight out at us like "I know right" and another one is like "Why am I here, I'm just a trucker from the year 1983 looking for someone to kill" and the one on the bottom can't even keep her eyes open, probably remembering a dramatic Pap she once got.
posted by Powerful Religious Baby at 6:22 PM on September 22, 2010 [14 favorites]


Aren't the 3-women all basically takeoffs on the three graces in art?

Probably, though I prefer to imagine them as Fates or the Furies.
posted by EvaDestruction at 6:24 PM on September 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Needs more grey hoodies.
posted by Keith Talent at 6:42 PM on September 22, 2010 [4 favorites]


From the same site: What Relational Aesthetics Can Learn From 4Chan
posted by finite at 6:48 PM on September 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


Individually these are bland. Collectively... they become pretty creepy.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 7:06 PM on September 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wait, wait, wait...there's a women's group called Kutchi!?

In all fairness, it's a Charo fan club.
posted by hippybear at 7:16 PM on September 22, 2010 [7 favorites]


I like the conversation behind 90% of these, between the client and the designer: "Here's our competitor's logo. We'd like one just like it but not just like it, if you know what I mean."
posted by maxwelton at 7:17 PM on September 22, 2010


Aren't the 3-women all basically takeoffs on the three graces in art?

When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning, or in cheap health centre logos?

...

Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air and squiggles.
posted by GuyZero at 7:41 PM on September 22, 2010 [15 favorites]


I like the ones who form a map of nebraska.
posted by delmoi at 7:59 PM on September 22, 2010


in the end we all return to the earth. Women become trees and men become lightning. So it is, and so it shall be. NAMASTE.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:06 PM on September 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Toward the bottom there it looks like a whole lot of support groups for dryads.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 8:43 PM on September 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Stolen from comments on Jezebel
posted by thirteenkiller at 8:47 PM on September 22, 2010 [6 favorites]


Looking at all those photos of REAL women (not those nasty Kate Moss types!)

Yay! Let's encourage women to be comfortable in their own bodies, by shaming Kate Moss for being comfortable in hers!
posted by orthogonality at 8:48 PM on September 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Shit, sorry, I missed Greg Nog's sarcasm.
posted by orthogonality at 8:49 PM on September 22, 2010


Men can have curvy logos as well (nsfw).

I'd be interested to see a similar collection from 1900-1950. Like this f.i.
posted by joost de vries at 8:59 PM on September 22, 2010


From the same site: What Relational Aesthetics Can Learn From 4Chan
Brilliant!

the essay mentions:
http://musicmachinery.com/2009/04/27/moot-wins-time-inc-loses/
choice snippit:

What Anonymous realized was that if they always labeled the unknown scanned text with the same word – and if they did this thousands and thousands of times eventually a large percentage of the unknown words would be mislabeled with their word. All they had to do was look at the two words in the captcha, enter the proper label for the ‘easy’ one (presumably that would be the one that the two optical scanners would agree upon) and enter the word “penis” for the hard one. If they did this often enough, then soon a significant percentage of the images would be labeled as ‘penis’ and the ability to autovote would be restored (one side effect, that was not lost on Anonymous, was the notion that for years to come there would be a number of digital books with the word ‘penis’ randomly inserted throughout the text.

I for one welcome our new penis overlords.
posted by sebastienbailard at 9:28 PM on September 22, 2010


All the single ladies (all the single ladies)
posted by unknowncommand at 9:31 PM on September 22, 2010


I hope that Jules Feiffer is collecting royalties.
posted by dhartung at 10:59 PM on September 22, 2010


I would guess that most of the world is closer to the "nasty" Moss type rather than the obese American type. What does that mean? Not sure.
posted by tarvuz at 11:57 PM on September 22, 2010


"And what was the name of that artist, tip of my tongue, who did the cut-out pictures of dancing female figures, with bright colors?"

You mean Matisse?
posted by klangklangston at 12:32 AM on September 23, 2010


tarvuz, probably that we have easier access to food, hormonal contraception, and methods of transport that don't involve expending human energy.
posted by mippy at 4:20 AM on September 23, 2010


Nice post. It reminded me that for ages I've been meaning to start a picture blog of all the images I see of women sweating it out in kickboxing class - a photo that you're guaranteed to see in over 90% of all promotional material for gyms.

It's like "Oh how fucking original! Fit chick with ponytail & tanktop wears boxing gloves & kicks the shit out of a punching bag whilst looking confident & determined! That sure differentiates you from every single other place in town!"
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:34 AM on September 23, 2010


Nice post. It reminded me that for ages I've been meaning to start a picture blog of all the images I see of women sweating it out in kickboxing class - a photo that you're guaranteed to see in over 90% of all promotional material for gyms.

These trends rise and fall. As I recall, about ten years ago everything was sold by images of rock climbers: sports drinks, investment advice, new cars, erectile dysfunction medication -- you name it, we would see some toned 27-year-old bouldering to sell it.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 4:56 AM on September 23, 2010


[URL possibly NSFW] Say hello to the Abbot for me.
posted by mecran01 at 6:05 AM on September 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


Hahaha I was looking at these thinking, my mom works for a womens health centre and their logo is a lit like this too, then bingo, it's up there too.

I was raised in and around the health centre and I remember as a kid wondering why all the different places had the same logo. I also remember being totally into it all but distinctly embarassed of the t-shirts I had to wear at marches.
posted by ameliaaah at 7:06 AM on September 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I know what you were thinking when you saw these. "WHAT IF they were all combined into one SUPER LOGO?!"

ok, well, maybe not all of them, this is closer to all of them
posted by zephyr_words at 8:14 AM on September 23, 2010 [4 favorites]


I'm not sure what it says about me, but I really like your super logo.
posted by stoneweaver at 8:50 AM on September 23, 2010


Your lead in:

I sure do like the moon, being curvy, dancing in groups (especially in groups of three), bright colors, embracing hope, looking like a prehistoric rock painting and/or sculpture, and becoming a tree.

Made me think this might be a post about witchcraft. And then I thought maybe it was a quote from Christine O'Donnell.
posted by fyrebelley at 9:40 AM on September 23, 2010


It's okay, but it needs more scented candles.
posted by ErikaB at 11:32 AM on September 23, 2010


The blue and yellow "Energetic Women" logo near the upper third of this collection is so very, terribly, horribly wrong. I'm assuming it's a logo for ineffective incontinence treatments.
posted by stagewhisper at 12:01 PM on September 23, 2010


And for a logo with a bit more thought & cleverness in it, see the Yoga Australia logo at the bottom of this link.
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:27 PM on September 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


"WHAT IF they were all combined into one SUPER LOGO?!"

I'm intrigued. Where can I buy your brand of feminine Rorschach tests?
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:38 PM on September 23, 2010


Say hello to the Abbot for me.

I was just thinking that some people might not want to click on a link with the word "fag" on it from their work computers, but hey. (Not that it's actually offensive in this context.)

Sadly, I do not in fact like any of the things named in the FPP except for the moon, and I never felt the moon was particularly womany anyway. I like hard edges, fonts with serifs, and the color of gold, so women's-issues logos are never going to be designed for me.
posted by Countess Elena at 4:11 PM on September 23, 2010


This was great, but they should've left Saul Bass out of it.
posted by redsparkler at 2:44 PM on September 24, 2010


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