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Women Logic (also known as “Female Logic”) is a term primarily used by men to describe a range of behaviors and thought processes that would be seen as distinctly feminine. In realms of popular culture, such concept of woman’s logic has been employed as a comedy trope to explain various differences between men and women and sometimes for misogynistic humor. On the web, the trope has been adapted into a variety of image macros and rage comics since early 2011.
The concept of women’s logic as having a separate value system unfathomable by men has been explored through romance comedy films, TV shows like Seinfeld (shown below) and many stand up comedians as early as since the 1990s.
In the news media, “woman’s logic” and “female logic” have been used in a number of editorial columns and articles, with the earliest known example found in the introductory paragraph of a sports column published in The Independent on December 12th, 1999. In the early 2000s, a list-style copypasta of common English idioms and phrases translated accordingly to the female logic (shown below) began to spread across several discussion forums and personal blogs.
* “Yes” = No
* “No” = Yes
* “Maybe” = No
* “I’m sorry” = You’ll be sorry
* “We need” = I want
* “It’s your decision” = The correct decision should be obvious by now
* “Do what you want” = You’ll pay for this later
* “We need to talk” = I need to complain
* “Sure go ahead” = I don’t want you to
* “I’m not upset” = Of course I’m upset, you moron!
* “You’re so manly” = You need a shave and you sweat a lot
* “Be romantic, turn out the lights” = I have flabby thighs
* “This kitchen is so inconvenient” = I want a new house
* “I want new curtains” = and carpeting, and furniture, and wallpaper
* “I heard a noise” = I noticed you were almost asleep
* “Do you love me?” = I’m going to ask for something expensive
* “I’ll be ready in a minute” = Just going to wash my hair
* “You have to learn to communicate” = Just agree with me
* “Are you listening to me!?” = Too late, you’re dead
* “How much do you love me?” = I did something you’re going to hate
The term “woman’s logic” continued to appear in discussion threads about relationships and gender differences on various forums, including on Airline Crew forum in December 2004, SoSuave forum in May 2006 and the Bungie forum in September 2009 among elsewhere. The first Urban Dictionary entry for the term “female logic” was submitted on March 5th, 2008, which is defined as:
An oxymoron of the greatest magnitude. Male logic (or just plain logic) follows a direct path, clearly tying the consequences of action to the actor. Female logic doesn’t follow a direct path. Female logic always contains a patsie, something to blame her actions on just in case something goes wrong. This is why whenever a girl screws up, it’s never her fault – she’s used female logic to cover her ass.
Another Urban Dictionary definition for “Women Logic” submitted on December 24th, 2011 defines it in a similar tone:
The un-logical decision, that eaither is a contridiction to the original decision or dosent make sense.
The earliest known Reddit post related to the keyword “Women Logic” was submitted by user theKalash on September 17th, 2011, which featured a picture of Hillary Clinton with the quote “Women have always been the primary victims of war. Women lose their husbands, their fathers, their sons in combat.” Four days later on September 21st, the first known instance of rage comic illustrating the concept (shown below) was submitted to the /r/f7u12 subreddit by lockster.
Not surprisingly, women’s logic as a discussion topic has been most prevalent on male-centric communities like 4chan and Reddit as well as internet humor sites like FunnyJunk and The Chive, where hundreds of rage comics and image macros remain in active circulation as of June 2012. In addition, similar iterations based on the trope can be found on Tumblr under the tag #women logic.
Notable Derivative: X Logic
The term “logic” has gained common usage in general for mocking the behavior, acts or thought processes of other subjects, varying between videogames, animals, objects, etc. Images of these can often be found on Reddit and have also spawned numerous Advice Animal style image macros on Quickmeme. Popular subjects include Men’s Logic, Dog LogicCat Logic and Grand Theft Auto Logic .
Crazy Girlfriend Praying Mantis
Crazy Girlfriend Praying Mantis is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photo of a praying mantis set against a blue and teal colorwheel background. The overlaid text typically describes what an overbearing, irrational or obsessive girlfriend might say to her significant other.
Irrational Black Woman
Irrational Black Woman is an advice animal image macro series featuring an African American woman wearing a business suit. The series is heavily influenced by the stereotype of irrational expectations set by certain African American females in popular films and TV shows, especially in regard to romantic interests and interactions with significant others.
Friend Zone Fiona
Friend Zone Fiona is an advice animal image macro series with a stock photo of a laughing girl. The caption technique is similar to Successful Black Man, where the top refers to something a girl would say romantically followed by the bottom text confirming that she is just a friend.
Feminist Nazi is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photograph of Australian reality TV star Layla Joyce Subritzky from the ninth season of Big Brother Australia. The captions typically depict a naive approach to stereotypical feminist ideas, in a similar manner to College Liberal.
Overly Attached Girlfriend
Overly Attached Girlfriend is an advice animal image macro featuring webcam picture of a girl and various captions portraying her in the stereotype of an overprotective and clingy girlfriend.
Good Girl Gina
Good Girl Gina is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photograph of a smiling girl and various captions portraying the subject as a considerate and sometimes overly compliant girlfriend. The character can be seen as the anthesis of Scumbag Stacy.
Scumbag Stacy is an advice animal style image macro series featuring a photo of a scantily clad young woman posing in a bedroom. The overlaid text typically consists of unethical, selfish and sadistic behaviors that are meant to represent the female counterpart to Scumbag Steve.
The Independent – Fishing Lines: Just what I always wanted – a split-cane rod