[ExI] Colours

Andrew Mckee andymck35 at gmail.com
Sun May 5 04:13:09 UTC 2013

On Sun, 05 May 2013 10:02:19 +1200, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:

> In looking at this I also came across the article "Human preference for
> individual colors" by Stephen E. Palmer ; Karen B. Schloss, Proc. SPIE
> 7527, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XV, 752718 (February 17,
> 2010); doi:10.1117/12.849110 They found some gender differences in what
> colors people like, with men preferring more saturated colors and women
> preferring more muted colors. This leads to the following interesting
> hypothesis:
>> Some readers may wonder at the seeming conflict between these
>> preferences and male versus female dress
>> patterns, given that males tend to wear more muted colors and females
>> more saturated colors. The data make perfect sense, however, once one
>> realizes that most people dress to attract members of the opposite
>> sex. If the color preferences of gay men and lesbians are similar to
>> those of straight men and women, respectively, then it would be
>> consistent with our interpretation of the relation between dressing
>> patterns and color preferences if gay men tend to wear more saturated
>> colors (because they are dressing to attract other men) and lesbians
>> tend to wear more muted colors (because they are dressing to attract
>> other women). We know of no data on this subject, but it is consistent
>> with cultural stereotypes about how gay men and lesbians tend to dress.

> I don't know if this actually works, but it is a cute idea. And this
> might actually give some reason for listening to fashion advice from
> same-gender people with different preferences.

It might be a cute idea, but I tend to follow the medical research suggesting gay, lesbian and trans-gender people really do have a brain that is gender opposite to the rest of their body.

Following the correct dress sense for a woman trapped in a male body trying to attract a straight man or another female brain trapped in a mans body, gives me a headache. :-)

In fact, makes me glad I really don't give a toss what I wear, so long as it's some form of jeans and a t-shirt, and if the jeans are faded and have holes in the knees, I still don't care, metro-sexual I am not! :-o

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