A Handy Guide To Popular Lady-Image Clichés

This gallery of women laughing at their salads illustrates how bizarrely common the image is, especially in advertising and news aimed at women. But what's behind this, and other disturbingly popular lady-images?

Women Laughing Alone With Salad

A Handy Guide To Popular Lady-Image Clichés

Where we see it: Hidden Valley ads, stories about healthy living

What it's supposed to mean: "I enjoy my life so much, even though I am eating this low-fat product."

What it looks like it means: "Lettuce is hilarious. And yet, in its own way, also wise."



Stylized Jumping Ladies

A Handy Guide To Popular Lady-Image Clichés




Where we see it:
nutrition supplements, feminine hygiene products, abortion pills

What it's supposed to mean:
"My vagina cannot keep me down!"

What it looks like it means: "I have no face."



Headless Women

A Handy Guide To Popular Lady-Image Clichés





Where we see it:
chick-lit covers

What it's supposed to mean: "I could be YOU!"

What it looks like it means: "I have no face."



Women Eating With Their Eyes Closed
A Handy Guide To Popular Lady-Image Clichés

Where we see it: ads for yogurt, chocolate, and those flavored coffee powders; stories about "healthy indulgences"

What it's supposed to mean:
"This food product is so delicious that I am basically cumming from eating it."

What it looks like it means: "Since I am psychic, I don't need to see my spoon."



Women Pensively Gazing Out Windows

A Handy Guide To Popular Lady-Image Clichés

Where we see it: stories about depression, infidelity, infertility, abuse, death, and basically anything else bad that can happen to a lady

What it's supposed to mean:
"I'm sad, but not so sad that I'm unpleasant to look at. Now read this article about PMDD."

What it looks like it means: "What's that in the yard?"



Woman Crying Into Her Hands

A Handy Guide To Popular Lady-Image Clichés

Where we see it: same stories as above, but more edgy/upsetting

What it's supposed to mean: "PMDD ruined my life! Could it ruin yours???"

What it looks like it means: "I have no face, and I'm so ashamed."


Women Laughing Alone With Salad [The Hairpin]
Squiggles, Trees, Ribbons and Spirals: My Collection Of Women's Health, Beauty And Support Group Logos As The Stages Of Life In Semi-Particular Order [Art Fag City]

Earlier: Why Are Lady Logos All Alike?

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