Dragondazd of Shadowwings (dragondazd) wrote in gender_critique,
Dragondazd of Shadowwings


I was browsing through the Lands' End catalog and decided I REALLY wanted one of their jackets. Except unfortunately, most of the colors I wanted were only availible for the guy versions, and they didn't look quite right, as in it didn't look like they'd ... look like they fit me well.

Why is it that women are expected to be more inclined to wear flashier, brighter, lighter colors, and men the darker tones? We do not exhibit sexual dimorphism with bright feathers or any other changes in color. How did we come to view certain colors as masculine and certain colors as femenine?

Perhaps it was equating women to flowers; things considered delicate. Perhaps the darker tones helped men hunt (wait... don't we all want to know how to hide?) That doesn't ring so well with me though... Colors used to be a mark of wealth; crtain dyes were expensive. And I would imagine, if you were secure enough not to have to dress up like a tree, that's considered better, right? What was it like before colors were common? Is this just a natural progression of women-for-display men-for-manly-work?

What's it like to be uninhibited by color? Not just in what colors you are willing to wear, but what you find attractive on yourself and on others... Are they not the same cues? What about the colorblind or the impact of the colorblind on our perceptions of color?

Oh yes, and what about the community's colors? I suppose it's on the femenine side of things? Any suggestions on a more 'neutral' colorscheme?
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