Sunday, 31 January 2016
Before Patti Smith made ‘Horses’ she tried some journalism. First job was interviewing Eric Clapton, but when he arrived she’d only come up with “What’s your favourite colour?” A study on gender norms by the University of Maryland asked nearly 2000 men and women the same question. Blue turned out to be most popular colour generally, followed by green for men and purple for women. Reds and yellows, curiously, are minorities. This January I meet the norm, tending to see-saw between green and blue, but draw a line through red. We may never know Clapton’s, but it probably isn’t cream.