@Spleenico & @Rodrigo_Virmond
So, I'm following your discussion very interested. The objection about misogynistic is a valid point. I think, to use a calabash in combination with a girl can, but hasn't to be inappropriate per se. I would say, it's a question of how to create a logo in this direction. I always thought, if so it's an option to use a girl, not as a photography, but in black-white abstract form like a printing cliche, as in other brands. I give an example:
Furthermore, to have a woman in a logo doesn't be compelling sexist in my evaluation. In fact, as @wimpy said in an interview, we all owe Ubuntu Mate to a woman - wimpys wife! UM is a story of love!
I guess you mention really important points for our question generally. To know what goes in consensus with Mate Desktop license and what not is more important than the mascot itself. Perhaps we should make a research in this question a little bit.