Apparently the color scheme of at least one bloggernacle site is enough to deter workplace browsing. John F. writes that he cannot visit Feminist Mormon Housewives while at work, because “ I feel nervous about a fellow associate walking in (or a partner, for that matter) and seeing the hot pink and knowing what they are wondering.“
Yikes. Is pink really such a threatening color? Do pallette choices really cause people to . . . wonder? And about what? (Let me clarify here — John may be simply refering to some kind of “non-work” wondering — i.e., that FMH looks a lot less work-related than CNN.com, and so the associate will be sure that John is goofing off. But it also seems possible to read this as a statement that John is afraid that people will question his masculinity if he is browsing a hot-pink website. I’m going to address the latter concern here, though his comment is sufficiently ambiguous that it could be that his concern is the former.)
[UPDATE — John makes clear in his comment that he was mostly concerned about avoiding the appearance of p*rn, which makes a lot of sense. Sometimes I miss the obvious answers.]
Well, in honor of John Fowles, I am wearing a pink shirt today at work. I’m also wearing a pink tie. No pink socks, though. I don’t own any. And I must say, I’m of the belief that sartorial pallette choices don’t need to be viewed as statements about masculinity or femininity or whatever else. In fact, I find assertions to the contrary to be pretty silly.
I find such assertions to be sufficiently silly that I briefly flirted with the idea of changing this site’s technical “style sheet” file, to give the site a nice hot-pink schema. I’m not going to, for reasons of consensus (I doubt the group would all go along) as well as my own technical limitations (I really hate working with style sheets). But with a little more provocation, who knows?
But let me ask — am I misreading John and others, or is there an attitude that men shouldn’t wear, view, or otherwise associate with pink or pinkness. [UPDATE: Yep, I was. Ahh well.]
And is my own response wrong? Is pink really a [female/gay/communist/whatever] color? Should I dash home and excise all pink from my wardrobe? Remember, this is important.