Women’s restroom signs just became super awesome thanks to Tania Katan, artist, author, performer, and Curator of Code at Phoenix, AZ-based company Axosoft. Katan looked at the age-old silhouette and realized that it clearly depicts a caped superhero, not a lady in a dress:
“This idea came out of belonging. Out of women who belong in technology—and every other space—but are often overlooked, uninvited, or just plain dismissed. Not cool! I started thinking about symbols that represent women, and that are easily identifiable for mass culture. I thought of the bathroom lady. We’ve all seen her. She’s been in that stiff, triangle dress, looking uncomfortable for a long time. And if she’s a symbol that represents women, then no wonder we’re feeling trapped, rigid and uncomfortable!”
“This lady, well, we’ve been looking at her the wrong way,” Tania Katan, the Curator of Code for Axosoft, said in a recent video. “We’re launching a campaign that shows you what’s really on the other side. It was never a dress.”
Katan hopes the campaign will “shift perceptions and assumptions about women and the audacious, sensitive, and powerful gestures they make every single day.” It’s about empowering women in all walks of life and creating a dialogue in the professional fields, like the tech and science sectors, where women are still underrepresented.
“When we see women differently… we see the world differently!”
Tania Katan, the Geyser of Awesome salutes you! We love what you’ve started and we’ll never look at ladies’ room signs the same way ever again.
The person wearing the mask is a man dressed as a woman in the style of carnaval dancers on the coast of Oaxaca. The lovely woman on the right is wearing clothing typical of Pinotepa Nacional which is a large town on the Oaxacan coast. They are waiting to perform at a wedding celebration
It’s rare we get a peek into the private moments of strangers’ lives, but Russian photographerJana Romanova captured such times in a photo series entitled “Waiting.”
The project, which took almost five years to shoot, features couples in Saint-Petersburg and Moscow who are expecting a baby in the coming months. It shows aerial views of the subjects sleeping in the very early morning, capturing their naturally entwined positions and beauty. (x)