So, for the last few hours (maybe even longer because I get distracted a lot :| ), I’ve been moseying along TFL to join some fanlistings and fill up my FANDOM section. When I started joining fanlistings of various J-dramas and some J-idols (I haven’t joined them yet, but I did bookmark for the future), I realized one thing. My own fandom designs are not girly enough for anyone to join.
CUTE is still the in thing in the hobbyist fanlisting site designs, at least, in relation to Japanese entertainment. I used to go all-out using old school web standards in the early 2000 but when I got a revelation regarding the Web 2.0 standards as well as producing sites with validated code, my so-called CUTE design style had disappeared. It just got way too long to produce another CUTE design style that would actually conform to today’s web standards, so I went for a more thematic (thematic as in design based on the theme of the fanlisting) rather than producing another CUTE designed fanlisting site.
But here is one thing that I realized as I viewed these different fanlisting sites. Not all J-dramas should have a CUTE theme. I mean, it’s not like they’re a live-version of anime and manga (which usually revolves around the CUTE). It’s bad enough I’ve got borderline diabetes and just looking at these CUTE designs made me feel like my blood sugar is rising.
Another thing I also noticed with CUTE designs. Most of them (note. I said MOST.) do not even conform to accessibility standards, such as Section 508, etc. What I meant by this is that the fonts are so teeny-weeny tiny small that anyone with non 20/20 vision would have to squint their eyes a bit just to read the text. This is also bad news for people with disabilities, especially for those whose eyes are close to being completely blind. They use these readers attached to their PCs in order to read the text on the site, but with teensy-weensy text like that, it makes these special users feel neglected by the web designers (webmistresses, as they like to be referred to. I’d rather be referred as a web designer than a webmistress because I’m not that much of a feminist or “girly”.). I mean, there are disabled people who like to join fanlistings and fansites too, you know.
I used to like visiting CUTE-themed sites, but normally they’re for the freebies, such as free icons, smilies for your blog, that kinda thing. I can also understand CUTE-themed sites on fanlistings dedicated to something feminine, but a CUTE-themed design on a TV show that’s never meant to be cute or a MALE ACTOR/IDOL that was never meant to be cute and girly? Why…? :|
I think I’m having a problem here. Maybe I’m not feminine enough to get in to the CUTE stuff from signing up for Poupee Girl and anything similar (though I DO play online CUTE MMORPGs). It’s my parents’ fault for not buying me dolls or various types of Barbies when I was little. I had to fight my brother and my cousins (predominantly male) to play with their G.I. Joe figures or their Matchbox cars or Hot Wheels cars or even their Lego pieces too. My favorite ones I used to like to play were Transformers or even steal the neighborhood kids’ Japanese-imported Super Sentai figures. I think the only girly thing that I owned was a Rainbow Brite board game. Afterward, I got over them and switched in to video games. ATARI and NES, baby~!
The color blue was considered an un-feminine color in the old, old days. My parents, especially my mother, got worried that I may end up having a psychological gender disorder or something that despite of my childhood love of blue, they loved buying me clothes and such in pink. When they did that it was like forcing me to eat the type of food that I did not want to eat, such as onions, certain peppers, and ginger. Even at the adult age I still shudder from onions, certain peppers, and most of all, ginger.
I pondered that my next layout of ADRIATASTIC! would be in a different color other than blue, but sometimes I can’t help it. I don’t mind green, red, brown, and such, as long as it’s not pink. It’d only offset the favicon of this site and I seriously can’t see myself associated with pink. No matter how much my little niece would force me to wear something pink so she and I can match, my disdain for pink will never disappear.
I even pondered changing the layouts for the 5×10 Fanlisting and the SHS Fanlisting with something CUTE so fans can join. Unfortunately, both of these are way too masculine to have a CUTE and girly-themed design. There’s just no possible way.