Femme Flagging: Nail polish hanky code
This afternoon I stumbled across Cleanlinez’ tumblr post about using nail polish as an updated hanky code for femmes and I just wanted to signal boost it. The photo has so many unrelated notes and this is too smart to get lost in the shuffle. I want to capture some of this conversation for posterity!
an alternative to the hankie code where painting a specific fingernail/color would serve to “flag” in a similar way… and you don’t need pockets (solves my whole flagging-whilst-wearing-a-dress problem).
I thought about some femme langourously stretching their hands over a bar to show off their ring finger “flags” and swooned a little inside.
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! I used to paint my “fucking fingers” differently than my others for ~*femme viz*~ for a while. I should go back to that <3
For the uninitiated, the hanky code originated in queer cruising culture and is basically the idea that you wear a different coloured hanky to signify certain kinks. My nail polish collection is absolutely larger than my stash of hankies, & I love the idea of adding some functionality to the trendiness of elaborate nail designs. I also like the idea that there are already some queered femme manicures out there. Checking out a person’s hands is one of my fav things to do.
Here’s some things I’d flag (or, should that be finger?)
- Feelings top
- Late night snacking
- Knitting in bars
- Drinking in high heels
- Feminist makeupping
- Long distance romance texts
- Femme family
- Puppy cuddler
- Big spooner
- Moustache makeouts