Women vs. men brainstorm activity

anonymous's picture

I am a senior graphic design major at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and am currently in my researching phase of a project. I need to collect information for a survey/brainstorm activity for my final senior project and need some input from a wide range of ages and equally distributed genders. Here are my instructions:

DIRECTIONS: Brainstorm any imagery, objects, gender stereotypes, references to body parts, slang, assumptions, physicalities, personality traits, behavior, etc. associated with men and women throughout time and today. Once you list one for one column, try to list the opposite in the other column. PLEASE DON'T CENSOR YOURSELF. BE AS OPEN AS POSSIBLE! OBJECTS AND STEREOTYPES ARE WELCOMED IN THIS CASE! (ex. women-nurse men-doctor; women-emotional men-insensitive)




WOMEN VS. MEN

hrant's picture

I don't know about getting into things like emotional/cheap/tow_truck_driver etc., but typographically:

Light, narrow, cursive, small x-height = feminine.
Dark, wide, rigid, large x-height = masculine.

hhp

seg's picture

the letters S,M,N,Q,L: feminine.
the letter G,F,E,X,Z: masculine.
all the others- androgenous.

aquatoad's picture

Itay K,

Not sure I can agree on your letter choices. To my (male) way of thinking, "masculine" letters are more straight and "feminine" letters are more curved.

Q, S , O, J, C, U - Feminine
M, N, F, E, L - Masculine

Finally, the truth about why curved letters are more difficult for me to draw: I do not understand women (sorry dear). I'd love to hear the ladies register their thoughts on M vs. F letters. Not sure we are helping the project though.

A game anyone?

For the project:
Masculine is to John Deer
as
Feminine is to ___________.

For the typophiles:
Feminine is to Ligature
as
Masculine is to ___________.

Masculine is to Pilcrow
as
Feminine is to ___________.

What have I done?
Randy

For the British:
Masculine is to Randy
as
Feminine is to ___________. :-)

trae's picture

Not awake enough for a game but... on masculine and feminine letters...

Masculine: R, G, H, D, B, P, N (not so sure about the curve thing)

Femine: M, V, A, Y,

Just a feeling about them, I suppose... also, many Serifs are feminine (Goudy, however, feels like a "boy" to me, tho) ; many Sans are masculine...

What about numbers? As a little girl, I used to have definite feelings about certain numbers' genders and personalities... For instance, 9 is a girl and a bit of a bitch... 5, a very kind girl, 7 an irresponsible boy...

seg's picture

Feminine is to Ligature
as
Masculine is to Puntuation.

Masculine is to Pilcrow
as
Feminine is to Ampersand.

ampersand is probably the most feminine sign.

Trae - what about 0?
i feel that 9 in a bitch too. but 5 lookish boyish to me. maybe its a tomboy. 8 is a complicated women in her 40's. 2 is a girl too, but a teenager. she likes pop music. i think she's japanese. uh, maybe im digging too deep into her character..




seg's picture

i dont know why, but i have a feeling the at sign likes the outdoors more then the indoors.

hrant's picture

> ampersand is probably the most feminine sign.

What about Section? Swirls are a known conveyor of the female entity. And it even has a... :-/

> maybe im digging too deep into her character..

No, mostly yours! :-)
But also the primordial relevance of shapes.

Very interesting thread.

hhp

karen's picture

2, 8, 9 female

1, 4, 7 male.

Tracy, I had the same feelings about numbers when I was young...
9's a princess, 1's a little boy, 4's an honest man and 7's the good looking one.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Feminine: Fluidity, Petite
Masculine: Rigidity, Massive

For the project:
Masculine is to John Deer
as
Feminine is to Martha Stewart.

For the typophiles:
Feminine is to Ligature
as
Masculine is to dipthong. Or are dipthongs considered ligatures? Hmmm. In that case I'll also have to say punctuation.

Masculine is to Pilcrow
as
Feminine is to ampersand.

######

I'm not British, and I'm sure my answer isn't correct, but I couldn't resist.

For the British:
Masculine is to Randy
as
Feminine is to Romantic.

hrant's picture

Girl, Martha Stewart is about as feminine as sod.

hhp

Miss Tiffany's picture

Well. I have to give you that. But, what she represents on the other hand is all about being a girl. ;^)

trae's picture

I'm so glad I'm not alone with the numbers! See what happens to right-brained types in math class?

0 is a women... an enigmatic and dangerous sort... 3 is a shy and awkward boy... Myself, I always saw 4 as a girl wanting to be like 9...

seg's picture

>What about Section? Swirls are a known conveyor
> of the female entity. And it even has a... :-/

saint's picture

Couldn't you attach a word document..

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