>This evening I was dressing for a “Project Runway” viewing party. I looked in the mirror and felt like my outfit was missing something. As I walked through the bathroom, I noticed two red handkerchiefs that I never use. Ah! The Hankie Code! Perfect! It’s always nice to bring a bit of cultural heritage into a look.
For those who are not familiar with the Hanky Code, it is a remnant from the golden days of gay male culture. In order to streamline the ancient process of cruising bars for hot sex, the venerable fathers of gay culture invented a color-coded system. A hankerchief of a given color, placed in either the right or left back pocket of your trousers, was all a man needed to tell the world what he was looking for that night. This code, though known to the gays of modern day, lingers on the edge of becoming a dead language. Most tend to blame this on the AIDS epidemic.
Before heading off to a party with a red sinal blaring from my pocket, I thought it prudent to find out what signal I was sending. After all, there might be other hankie-coders out tonight. As it turns out, according to the code, I am into fisting. By standard practice, Left Pocket means Active/Top and Right Pocket means Passive/Bottom. To avoid completely fibbing, I switched the hankie to the right.
Tables breaking down the many permutations of the Hankie Code can be found on these sites:
Some of my favorites:
Those that know will me will be delighted to know that wearing a rosary means that you’re into Ritual Scenes.
Excerpt from “The Compleat Handkerchief Code”
Worn On Left
Fabric, or Item
Worn On Right
|Wants Oral Sex||Blue (Light)||Expert At Oral Sex|
|Two Looking For One||Gold||One Looking For Two|
|Fights To Be Top||Rebel Flag||Fights To Be Bottom|
|Group Sex||Red Lace||Group Sex Bottom|
|Sixty-Niner||Robin’s Egg Blue||Sixty-Niner|
|Pirate||Skull And Crossbones||Treasure Chest|
|My Lover’s Out; My Place Okay||Toothbrush||Your Place Only|
|Likes Novices Or Masturbate Me||White||Novice Or Will Masturbate Both|
|Water Sports Top||Yellow||Water Sports Bottom|
|Has Drugs||Ziplok Bag||Wants Drugs|