We’ve always known there was something extra alluring about the color red—especially when it’s pressed against a likable female form. Well, there is now some proof to this hunch we’ve all had. (My own father-in-law even used to speak to me differently when I wore this one red outfit—he often said, “You look particularly ravishing in the color red, Charlee.”)
And, all the creepy implications aside of such a remark in light of what I am about to reveal, a study has shown that men find women wearing red more appealing than their other-shades-in-the-spectrum counterparts: a study by scientists at the University of Rochester has found that men interpret a woman in red clothing as being more open to sexual advances. This probably stems from all of the other erogenous implications of red throughout history and biology—as in red coloring a female’s face when her blood vessels dilate during the first stages of arousal, giving the go-ahead signal to a keenly observing male (most of these studies involve primates, but hey, we’re all one big family, us and the monkeys…).
While I appreciate the findings of this study, one thing really irks me: what does this say for men who love men or women who love women, though? (This question also bugged me in regards to my previous post about estrogen levels in women creating more interest in would-be male romantic prospects.) Does a more butch woman find a femme woman more appealing if she is in red, or the reverse? How about with homosexual men, and so on?
It is my opinion that there should be more investigation on this. I was reading a medical article that used language so way, way beyond my ability to interpret into layman’s terms the other day which was referring to studies with every kind of sexual orientation and their response to different sweat. It was so beyond me to even figure out the various names of the various hormones in ‘homosexual male sweat’ versus ‘heterosexual female sweat’ and so on, that I abandoned the whole venture and resigned myself to a state of passive hope for more progressive times…
To spur that day’s arrival, I’d urge everyone of EVERY sexual orientation, whether male or female or anything in-between, to try the RED EXPERIMENT and go out and about–see if you get extra attention and report back to me!(We’ll be our own little laboratory, won’t we, by golly!!)