Previz #66 – Pink & Blue

Vaneeesa Blaylock in blue and Mark Zackerly in pink

NEW NEW YORK, 5 June — I was reading a couple of posts by Avital Norman Nathman, When Boys Wear Pink, and Pink Scare. It’s hard to believe the whole pink & blue trope is still alive at such a late date. We’ve come so far. Facebook & Google+ notwithstanding, we’ve made so much progress in celebrating the true diversity of our many and multiple identities. We can’t really still be doing the girls in pink and boys in blue thing specifically, and gender stereotypes generally… in the 21st century!? Can we?


So here’s the world’s simplest Performance Previz:

Tableau Vivant: Female avatars wear blue. Male avatars wear pink.

Pose: For VB26 – Average, we used a “Michelangelo David” pose for the guys, and a “Bouguereau Venus” pose for the girls, so in Pink & Blue we’ll try it the other way around, and let the girls experience the “power” of David, and the guys the “grace” of Venus.

Note: Blue clothes for women are hugely available. Pink for men, not so much. Remember you can take any “Yes Mod” white or beige clothes and tint them to the pink shade of your choice. Or, of course, guys could use this “rare permission” to enjoy wearing a frilly dress & tiara! 🙂

Vaneeesa Blaylock in a blue dress and Mark Zackerly in a a pink blazer

R E L A T E D . M A T E R I A L S

Mamafesto / When Boys Wear Pink
Bitch Magazine / Pink Scare

Cheryl Kilodavis / My Princess Boy

VB26 – Average


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Author:Vanessa Anne Blaylock

As a Virtual Public Artist my work invites virtual communities to express their identity, explore their culture, and demand their civil rights.

12 Comments on “Previz #66 – Pink & Blue”

  1. Wednesday, 06 June 2012 at 12:10 UTC #

    What’s even funnier/sadder is that up until the Civil War, pink was worn by men; part of the red/Mars thing. Classically, blue was accorded to the Goddess & women.

    That changed when it was realized that red/pink were much easier to target.

    It’s also pretty common for men to wear pink in tropical latitutes (along with a host of other colors). It’s the neo-Protestants that have a problem with anything not grey, brown, black or white.

    • Wednesday, 06 June 2012 at 12:14 UTC #

      Thanks Miso! DYK what parts of the world the pink-blue thing applies? For all other color stuff the “meaning” of colors varies by culture… artists have “gotten in trouble” for not being aware that the color that symbolizes “life” in their own culture symbolizes “death” in someone else’s culture, etc…

  2. Thursday, 07 June 2012 at 15:59 UTC #

    I love men in pink. I especially love the business dudes all official looking with a pale pink shirt… oh how that turns me on so. I think pink is a special color though. I’ve read that some prisons have pink walls to calm the inmates. I found that surprising. It is my favorite color and always makes me feel just a little bit more fem (I like fem, btw…heh). Great post… would have commented yesterday but was still climbing back out of my death bed (lawdy, i din’t say that). /me smiles

    • Friday, 08 June 2012 at 02:57 UTC #

      Thanks Yordie! Glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better. I always hate that first hint of sore throat that means I’m probably not going to be able to do jack for weeks! 😦

      Anyway, I’m really excited to do this piece… I think it will be pretty easy to do and a lot of fun. Maximum freedom for the participants choose their look, and I’m sure we’ll have a guy or two who goes for the frilly pink dress which will be so cool! 🙂

      • Friday, 08 June 2012 at 19:47 UTC #

        Is this like a specific place and time kinda thing you are thinking about? I’d jump in if you have a spot. i’ll wear blue…. love it too. 😉

        • Friday, 08 June 2012 at 20:57 UTC #

          Yes, Specific Place… Yes, Specific Time… just haven’t actually picked them yet… haha… maybe we should get on that…

          Maybe something like Saturday 7 July 10am – Noon SLT / 19:00-21:00 CEST at Gallery Xue / NYC

          • Friday, 08 June 2012 at 22:08 UTC #

            I’m off to the real world. I’ll be in SL a lot this weekend. I’ll look for you online. tc

          • Sunday, 10 June 2012 at 23:15 UTC #

            oh crap… i missed it. erm… i have been so out of sorts lately. sorry i missed it.

            • Sunday, 10 June 2012 at 23:36 UTC #

              Put ‘yer readin glasses back on granny!!! **JULY**

              Anyway, I haven’t announced it officially yet… does Saturday 7 July work for you?

              Oh, PS: You sent a message from in-world yesterday… I’ve been out here on the, uh, “outer planets”… but I’ll try to actually spend some time in-world this week! 🙂

              • Monday, 11 June 2012 at 02:27 UTC #

                hahahahha…. never mind. 🙂


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