Raybans As Animal Threat Display

I have seen both Latin American dictators and CIA spooks referred to as “the sort of people who wear sunglasses indoors”. Now, the social function of sunglasses allow us to see the other person’s eyes without their being able to see ours. In animal-threat terms this is a very powerful move. The question, then, is why this fear or hostility towards those who wear sunglasses to intimidate us is less than universal. How does it come about that this essentially aggressive behaviour is often considered cool or chic; why, for example, are women so often attracted to men who are clearly signalling remoteness, unavailability, hardness and closed-off-ness? Perhaps it is rationally submissive behaviour to propitiate the big and dangerous beast. If that is true, then we would expect people to be mocked for wearing sunglasses in the evening only when they are either obvious wannabes, or else from a safe distance.

Posted on May 7, 2011 at 11:27 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink

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