Thursday, December 08, 2005
Why do gay men dominate the fashion industry?
9:05 AM, December 08, 2005
brylin said... Ann said: "Why don't women dominate?"
At the risk of being ostracized like Larry Summers, I point to the following in today's Seattle Times:
"Just like human boys and girls, male monkeys like to play with toy cars while female monkeys prefer dolls, a research project has shown.
9:43 AM, December 08, 2005
Bruce Hayden said... To me, it doesn't make a lot of scientific sense. The traits that would seem to give a gay man an advantage over a straight on in this area are, well, feminine. Such things as noticing and obsessing over details, matching, etc. And so why shouldn't women do as well?
10:06 AM, December 08, 2005
chuck b. said... I can't agree that obsessing over details is a feminine trait. Straight men appreciate the fine details of all kinds of things. Details are gender-neutral.
10:52 AM, December 08, 2005
Roger Sweeny said... Michael Vollbracht, the current designer of Bill Blass, said he believes that gay men are demonstrably superior at design, their aesthetic formed by a perception of a woman as an idealized fantasy.
So should we add to Althouse's Law: "You can talk about differences between men and women only if you phrase it to be complimentary to women."
"You can also talk about differences between gay and straight men only if you phrase it to be complimentary to gays."
11:00 AM, December 08, 2005
1:46 PM, December 08, 2005
jim http://www.blogger.com/profile/11810199 said... Have a family member in the fashion industry and am happy to provide some unPC stereotyping that exists within the industry:
Straight men (without shoe and lingerie fetishes) are normally into the tried and true and practical. They and "passing for hetero" designers do a lot of preppie and evening classics, unless they're Brit and then all bets are off. Non-designer regular guys are content if wives keep the same comfortable but fairly presentable shoes for twenty years,...