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PopStuff Show Notes: Episode 132: Why is red a sexy color?

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In this week between Christmas and New Year’s, it seemed like a great time to peek into why red is a sexy color sometimes (like slinky New Year’s eve dresses) but not others (Santa).

  • Red as sexy: not just American
  • The red monologue in “Kinky Boots,” again
  • Some scientific studies on red and male behavior and perceptions – generally, red made men sit closer, ask more intimate questions and rank women as more attractive
  • How women perceive red on men
  • Cylon 6 and her red dress
  • Red shirts
  • Lorne from “Angel” and his red suits (RIP Andy Hallett)
  • Ralphie
  • Mina’s dress in “Dracula
  • Primates
  • A lengthy discussion of a study in which men looked at pictures of women’s genitals in varying shades of redness
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Red in fairy tales
  • Red sports cars
  • The little girl in the red coat in “Schindler’s List”
  • World War II and the wearing of lipstick
  • Little Red Riding Hood and “The Path
  • Listener mail! From Codie, who wrote about minority stereotypes in media, after hearing our older episode on manic pixie dream girls

My research:

  • Johns, Sarah E. et al. “Red Is Not a Proxy Signal for Female Genitalia in Humans.” PLoS One.  April 2012.
  • Kayser, Daniela et al. “Red and Romantic Behavior in Men Viewing Women.” European Journal of Social Psychology. 2010.

Holly’s research:

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