How We Changed the Facebook Friends Icon
Caitlin Winner

The thing I find interesting about the original glyph is that since they’re silhouettes, the individuals can be looking either towards the user or away from the user (into the screen/distance). In the original glyph, you made the assumption that they’re looking towards the user, I made the opposite assumption:

If they’re looking away from the user, then the woman is in front of the man and the man could be standing behind her supporting her, like in this photo:

If this is the case then the original has a completely different (perhaps no more desirable) symbolism.

I don’t dislike your edit but I like the original. Not because I think women should be subservient to men but because I see a couple looking optimistically into the future.

I guess when dealing with symbolism we all come with our own baggage so see things in different ways (I’m reminded of that spinning silhouette where some people see it rotating clockwise and others counter-clockwise). When dealing with a global audience this sort of initiative seems to be a minefield.

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