A phenomenon seen in society where many smart successful high earning career women find it difficult to find an honest partner, because most smart successful men prefer dumb pretty girls who will give them a great time in bed. These men are intimidated by SWANS, who in turn find it difficult to marry less successful men (just like all females) and would rather remain single then get used, or God forbid, mistreated by a loser.
They also have the tendency to get the unwanted attention of potential boytoys if they are found in their work environment (usually as copyboys), who are young broke but good-looking men who were jocks in high school and are now adult male golddiggers. However, unlike big male CEOs, who would happily have a trophy wife, these women are (almost always) uncomfortable with marrying down.
Its not a common term but it has been used in several social science books like "Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: How Women Are Choosing Parenthood Without Marriage and Creating the New American Family" by Rosanna Hertz
1987's "Children of God" was a big leap forward, one which bridged the gap between the brutal heaviness and the more experimental side of Swans (which became prominent in their later career in the 90's). It also featured more frequent contribution from their 2nd vocalist Jarboe.
In 1996 they released their magnum opus "Soundtracks for the Blind". A mammoth double album that inspired countless late 90's and 00's post rock bands. Most notably the hipster adored Godspeed You Black Emperor! Who have made a career out of milking and watering down the sound created by Swans. They do it well all things considered, but if you want the real thing kids... pick up Soundtracks for the Blind.
Swans broke up in 1997 but Michael Gira (going back on his word) has since reformed the band in 2010, and with a slew of additional musicians released the spectacular comeback album "My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky" to well deserved critical acclaim.
- Justin Broadrick (Napalm Death/Godflesh/Jesu)
2. (noun) Slang term for a female who was once unattractive but somehow became very attractive (referencing the "Ugly Duckling" story).
Crap, that swan's not backing off, it's still coming at me...Screw this, I don't want to get beaten up by a bird!
2. Wow, remember when that girl was really ugly? She's such a swan.
also used as a verb, swanned, the act of turning from an ugly duckiling to a beautiful swan.
-Yea, since she lost her braces, glasses, and back-brace, she's a total swan.