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  1. Not an associaton I’d ever made, Targuman. Maybe I don’t know women shaped like guitars.

    Extrapolating from that, though, I guess the elephant thought his homemade guitar should look like a woman elephant?

  2. I don’t know of non-human women, but I appreciate the clarification. (Don’t we usually speak in terms of “female of the species” as in this comic?)

  3. Mark Jackson, I’m sure I’m not alone in having thought there is something suggestive in how the ‘cello is played!

  4. I’ve heard the guitar referred to as “the musical instrument that’s shaped like a woman.”

    This cartoon is just taking this reference to an absurb level, and is somewhat effective if you want to laugh at the absurdity of it all, including how an elephant could play a stringed instrument.

    But if you’ve never heard the “shaped like a woman” reference before, the joke will just produce some big question marks.

  5. Powers – do you know women shaped like an hourglass?

    I don’t think there is anything more to this joke than:
    Human guitar is shaped like a human female (wide, narrow, wide).
    Similarly, an elephant guitar is shaped like an elephant female (legs, long, curved trunk). At this granularity, that isn’t any different than a male elephant, but that doesn’t make the first part false.

    I’m wondering how they get the strings around that curve….

  6. Oh, yeah……

    Perhaps it shouldn’t be “they say….” because no-one says guitars are shaped like women and it definitely shouldn’t be “of the species” as no-one associates it with animals. But yeah, people (artists and musicians mostly) have been likening guitars to woman for years.

    But I didn’t think of that. I just that is was surreal absurdism and mocking the inane “the female of the species is more deadly than the male” concept to meaninglessness.

  7. Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah
    Someone’s in the kitchen I know
    Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah
    Strummin’ on the old banjo!

    Now you know what that meant!

  8. Woozy, I think you’re stretching incorrectly when you want to connect the cartoon to “the female of the species is more deadly than the male”. Yes, that is one familiar fixed context for the short “female of the species” but the latter is fine by itself and frequently used outside of any connection to that saying.

  9. I meant the phrase “female of the species” in general. Which one would not apply to the quality of being guitar shape.

    Winter Wallaby: But note, they aren’t saying quote “guitars are shaped like women”. They are thinking and asking why it is that is so…. 🙄

  10. Andres Segovia often compared the classical guitar and its curves to a woman, For example…

    “When he talks about the guitar as a friend, Segovia inevitably compares this most intimate of all instruments to a woman. ‘You know that the guitar has feminine curves,’ he once told me, ‘and this influences her behavior. Sometimes it is impossible to deal with her, but most of the time she is very sweet; and if you caress her properly, she will sing very beautifully.’ When he flies with his guitar, he buys an airline ticket for her, refers to her as ‘Miss Segovia’ and straps her into the seat next to his own.”
    From https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/style/1986/02/16/segovias-guitar-grandeur/89d16b68-f9da-4aa1-92f1-58eed5e14d89/

    There is a pretty well-known three-volume collection of guitar works that feature cover illustrations that follow this theme:

    As well as this collection of Spanish works;

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