Saturday I went to the firing range by my house to practice holster draws. I'm in the process of getting a CCW and the only thing I still need to work on is drawing the weapon without hanging it on my jacket- need to perfect drawing, see how i need to have jackets modded, and if i need the gun modded as well.
I went there dressed in a pair of olive grey pants, a pink OCBD, a cream nubby silk jacket, and brown saddle shoes.
As I approached the line one of the guys there started his little jeer, the, "check this faggot out, out here to try out your pea shooter? Afraid your boyfriend is gonna try to beat you up? Think you can handle your .22?" He had his chuckle and jeer, but I just totally ignored him and went about my business.
Well, I decided to set him in is place without saying a word. I have a compact .45 auto that I'm going to concealed carry. I had another revolver with me I wasn't planning on shooting, but decided if he's going to question my masculinity based on the way I'm dressed that I'll "prove my masculinity to him" in a way that he'd understand.
So I took off my jacket and put my gunbelt on. He kinda shut up as I pulled it out and went to put it on as the holster is about 10" long. He got REALLY quiet as I pulled out the revolver (8 3/4" barrel .45 Blackhawk in blue steel), and didn't have a single word to say when I retrieved the target and had (4) 6 shot groupings under 1.5".
So while what I wear and my prowess with my revolver don't actually prove or disprove my masculinity, it did prove or disprove it to this one fellow.
Basically what I'm saying is everything you do is open to others perceptions. While I don't consider the way I was dressed as feminine, this particular guy did. While I don't consider my ability to shoot as masculine, he did. I just "went about my business" and shut him up. That's what it's all about, ignoring any comments and being confident in yourself regardless of what you're wearing or doing.
So obviously I'm a pink fan, and will also agree with the statement on lavender. Really nice color when you need to pull it off. However, I draw a line but not due to my perception of the color- just what I can and cannot wear. Really bright pinks, purples, and reds just don't work on me.