Right...and the subtext of your post is that it's bad to project any ethos of homosexuality, especially around other heterosexuals. Gosh, those homosexuals should stay in the margins of society where they belong, where they can make "too much of a statement" only in their own little part of the universe without disturbing the sensibilities of those in the "mainstream", right?Sorry even if Pink is not gay its too much of a statement. Thats a color a man just should not wear, and if you do then your pretty much telling everyone that your too out of the box. Far out enough to perhaps experiment with homosexuality, not that you wont, but your open to it. Atleast thats what Pink says to me.
As a gay man, I found this post shockingly offensive.
EDIT: ^The interpretation of Mr. Liu's post that I offered here was a bit knee-jerk on my part but I still stand by it. His post is a good example of how some people (stupidly) equate heterosexuality with masculinity and homosexuality with feminity. We can see this in his reference to what color a man should not wear, unless he wishes to give up his "man card" as it were, by projecting an image as someone who likes to experiment like one of those people. And, if one wishes to hold onto that (heterosexual) man card and not forfeit the privileges of living in the mainstream, one must be careful to not make "too much of a statement".
I'm not sure what this has to do with anything. No segment of the population has a monopoly on color matching/contrasting sensibilities or the wearing of certain colors. Sartorial excellence does not discriminate among morally neutral characteristics like being gay or lesbian.What we really need here are some perspectives from women or openly gay men. Their approval or disapproval is the only thing that will satisfy those where who are afraid to wear pink. If they just didn't like pink, we'd be having a different conversation.
Actually, hanky code accounts for a vanishingly small subset of research into gay culture or queer studies more generally.Surely I'm not the only person on this forum for whom an interest in clothing overlaps with an interest in semiotics.
Hanky code is one of the most academically scrutinized parts of gay culture, in addition to being one of the most amusing.
And besides, this entire thread is inappropriate.
If you are going to debase a group of people, please be attuned to the realities of the academic literature you draw reference to.