History of the Pride Flag Go to Post. As Fusion. They are self-labelling devices, material imbued with meaning, intended to provide enough information for cruising parties to determine the likelihood of an erotic match. Special Projects. The age of mass reproduction of images was just gearing up. The origin of the hanky code is unclear.
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It travelled from the Indian subcontinent to the North American far west. While some people believe it originated in San Francisco due to a shortage of women at square dances where men would end up dancing with each other — a blue bandana around one's neck meant they took the "female" part, while red symbolized the "male" role — others believe the system was modernized in New York City in the '80s, when a writer at the Village Voice joked that instead of wearing keys another way to denote whether someone was a "top" or a "bottom"they carried around hankies. They are self-labelling devices, material imbued with meaning, intended to provide enough information for cruising parties to determine the likelihood of an erotic match. In the code it is the colour of handballers, or fist-fuckers, of the mostly men who reach up into others and those who take it that way.
Bandanas evoke the nineteenth -century American West, and contain a bit of the myth of it.