Originally Posted by ant
I've heard women bagging women's skis, and I think K2 are reacting to this with next year's Luvs having no flowers on them. Plenty of "good" female skiiers are happy to be on women's skis (I've got a pair with huge flowers on), but there are other women who seem to still have something to prove, who hate the whole concept.
Psychology and ego are interesting things, aren't they?
I can try to speak to the "girly" ski issue - this is something that I have wrestled with. And you're right - there IS a good bit of psychology wrapped up in it.
When I was growing up, I ran around with my two brothers and the three neighbor boys. We lived out of town, so If I wanted a girl friend to play Barbies with, my mom had to drive someone. Therefore, I ran with the boys alot. Because of that interaction, I learned really early that if something was "girly", it was BAD. If it was pink and frilly - it should be an object of derision (even if "I" thought it was cute - I kept my opinion to myself). If a boy acted in anyway that was deemed cowardly - he was a "sissy" (ie - a girl) and that was BAD. "You throw like a GIRL" was an insult - more BAD. "Women drivers" - more BAD. "Girl Cooties" - even MORE BAD.
Because of this early "indoctrination" in the late 60's and 70's, I have a knee-jerk reaction if something that is designed "for" women is too cutesy. I know it's psychological - I can't help it. I can look at a pair of Burnin' Luvs and have a simultaneous reaction of - oh isn't that cute - and - gotta steer clear of that.
Nowadays, there is an almost "in your face" backlash with female gear - at least at the upper levels. The Pinkness is almost a "female pride" thing. Like - Yeah, I'm a girl, what are ya gonna do about it? I can still ski your a$$ off the mountain.(not me personally).
I would LOVE to be one of those women who could wear the PINK with pride of accomplishment - but I'm not there. I'm still stuck back a few decades ago trying to be taken seriously.
It's a struggle - and I suspect that I'm not alone.