a visual metaphor for drops of menstrual blood prompted by some vestigial impulse
Or so goes the theory proposed by a friend. The problem with such visually strong, disarming theories, is that, regardless of their truthfulness, they stay with you for good.
I decided to remind my friend of his theory and run it buy his scientist wife (she is smarter and more sensible that both of us combined. I actually amount to a negative integer when calculating sensibility, so I drag my boy down, as usual)
here are the emails that followed
sperm donor; Yeah, its a visual clue being subconsciously dropped women. Or maybe its maybelline.
smart scientist woman: I have red (read!) before that red is a potent visual stimulus for men of many species. Behaviorists think that the color red brings to mind "swollen female sexual organs" which indicate fertility, or a mammal "in heat", and
hence a cue for mating. Also, redness is a symbol for arousal in general-hence red lipstick, because during arousal, blood rushes to the mucus membranes-resulting in red or pink colored lips. As for red nails, I don't think it's a "drops of blood" cue necessarily, but a cosmetic opportunity for another "flash of red" -a visual cue to a male that the
female is "available and receptive" Dirty whores. :)
Menstrual blood would not be a good "attractor" for any species, since women
are not fertile at that time.
sperm donor; Yeah...but it says to the men, 'hey I'm around'. Which I always thought was curiously called 'spotting'.
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Banned Disney Short: The Story of Menstruation