Wavelength Differentiation Capability in the Female of the Species - Venus & Mars
Fellow ActiveRainer and friend Dick Greenberg provides us with a humorous way of looking at the difference in the way male vs females see the world. Perhaps rose colored glasses :) Please leave your comments and input on Dick's page. I bet you will be typing with a smile :) See you in the Rain!
"Wear the purple one"
"That's not purple, it's burgundy."
"Why would anyone paint that wall blue?"
"That's not blue, it's periwinkle."
"Oh. Looks like blue to me."
Mary and I have conversations like those several times a week. I've had the same conversations with almost every woman I've known more than casually, and I'm really used to them by now. And most of the guys I know have the same experience.
I've resigned myself to the fact that the world perceived by women is different than the world I see.
I'm a guy - I see 8 colors: Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Purple, Orange, Brown, and Pink. I don't count White, Black and Gray, because someone told me they're not colors (but I see them anyhow). Now admittedly, all of the above colors can come in different shades, but, to me, light blue or dark blue are still blue.
Women see 473 colors at last count, and have distinct names for all of them. And it seems that they all know and share this knowledge - they all know what color Puce or Desert Sand or Heliotrope is, while I have no clue. Are they talking about Browns? Greens? Who knows?
Here's an example of how limited guys are in this arena: John McCormack posted a great picture of Sandia Mountain, and explained that Sandia was Spanish for watermelon, so they named the mountain for the pink color, similar to that of a watermelon, that it turns during sunsets. John makes the typical honest male mistake here, but actually the mountain was named Sandia, by women, because watermelon, whether in English or Spanish, is a color. Pink is a whole different color. They see it. We don't.
I guess if I really put my mind to it, I could sit down and memorize 473 colors and keep them all straight. Maybe. But I never see women studying colors, and that's kind of my point. Women can do this instinctively - it's something they all know automatically. And it's interesting how they all act surprised when we don't know what they know. There's always that touch of feeling sorry for us in their reaction to the news.
So I do what I think most men do - I keep my mouth shut when I'm corrected on colors. I know it's orange, but if Mary wants it to be pumpkin, then it's pumpkin. I'd rather argue about really important stuff, like the right way to load a dishwasher.
Mary & Dick Greenberg
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