Is it gay for a guy to get the rose gold iPhone?

“Just look at that pretty pink hue, boys. You crave the newest color on the newest model of the world’s most popular phone but can’t stop thinking ‘pink is for girls’ or ‘pink is gay,'” Thomas Ricker writes for The Verge.

“You hate yourself for wanting it, and you’re scared; what will people think if you pre-order a bigger better rose gold iPhone 6S Plus to 3D Touch late at night?” Ricker writes. “How will the guys respond when they see you Apple Pay a round of beers with it at the ballpark?”

Ricker writes, “Cautiously you extend a leg, plié, and dip your pointed toe into the hostile waters of Twitter to find out lol.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’re not touching that question with a ten-inch, uh… ten-foot pole. 😉

For the record, the heterosexual males here at MacDailyNews have had gold iPhones previously (iPhone 5s) which were chosen as much for the looks as for the resale value. We currently have iPhone 6 Plus models in Space Gray and have pre-ordered our iPhone 6s Plus models in Space Gray because, after the year spent with the 5s units, we found we prefer the classic black face for iPhone vs. the white face (found on the gold, rose gold, and silver models) which we feel competes a bit too much with the display. If Apple offered iPhones with black faces in other colors, we’d have a decision to make. For us, it’s all about the iPhone’s face, which we want to disappear not gleam, so the Space Gray models are our only option.


      1. 50 Shades of Gay
        So if a gay guy gets an iPhone grey!
        then straights that also buy space gray

        just may…

        on space gray unboxing day
        wonder what their friends will say

        Should they have bought rosé?
        To prove their masculinité
        Because a blushing iphone just may
        keep all the iColor haters at bay

        Who cares what others may say
        It’s just a lighter red, okay!

        And besides… there’s always eBay.

      2. Agree. The short answer is: no.

        But the article is offensive, so I have to say: Shame on Thomas Ricker, The Verge, and MDN.

        Check out the “Like a girl” posts on youtube. No one should tolerate tired stereotypes like these. Those who do support such obsolete stereotypes fail to recognize they are subtle — and even not so subtle — putdowns of other humans for no other reason than their gender or sexual orientation. It reflects more (and poorly!) on the person making the statement than on the reference object of “girl” or “gay”. Lastly, this seemingly benign stereotyping is hurtful to people, whether intentional or not. So please raise your game, folks. Interesting and relevant articles about Apple can be written, posted, and read without resorting to tired, ignorant stereotype-baiting.

        Lastly, the Rose Gold color looks great. It is a subtle shade — seems to be a bit of a dusty or muddy tint — and is very tasteful in my opinion. It would be suitable for anyone.

    1. MacDailyNews is covering an article from The Verge.

      The Verge wrote about it. Criticize The Verge, not MacDailyNews for covering articles that are obviously interesting and sure to spawn debate, including your contribution.

      1. Agreed… Calm down Sam, your level of gay or homophobia isn’t in question here… We should all lighten up… personally, I do work for a well known watch company, they have a rose gold color that is crazy different than Apple’s. They make a men’s size case that is Rose gold and blue and it is really quite sharp and in no way one way or the other, it’s just fashionable… However, Apple’s resold color seems like it’s quite pink! I haven’t seen it in person, so I can’t give a 100% on that report. But let’s all be friends and have fun 😉

        1. @dancamera

          You’re right Dan.

          Rolex’s (and other luxury jewelers) version of rose gold is more of a bronze color and quite neutral, in terms of masculinity/femininity.

          Apple’s iPhone, on the other hand, is Tim Cook, Hollywood boulevard, tiger shorts, super HOT pink!

          Huge differences in both color and inclinations of respective markets.

    2. I can’t understand why is this subject so upsetting to you. It is very funny and silly. It raises a very valid (if whimsical) question. There is a solid proportion of heterosexual male population that is subconsciously (and many even very openly) homophobic. Pink colour has always been associated with women and gay men (to the point of stereotyping).

      On the other hand, the only way to quickly differentiate the new 6s models from the old 6 is by picking the pink model (colour that wasn’t available for iPhone 6). So, what is a subconscious homophobic jock to do: he wants the newest iPhone, and wants everyone around him to know this, but he wouldn’t be caught dead having anything in pink (as it is, well, gay).

      What to do, what to do…? It is truly amusing, but I’m sure very real (as a problem) to quite many manly men…

      1. No man was more manly than the great John Wayne, he of classic western films like Stagecoach, The Searchers, and Rio Bravo. He wore a pink neckerchief or a pink shirt in a number of them. So chill, Pilgrims.

      2. If men are so worried about what someone will think of them because of their phone color, then I don’t think they’re very “manly” at all, and should learn how to make a purchasing decision without wondering about the social implications.

    3. @Sam E. Lawrence

      This is a very important subject, I talked to my wife about it last night, as I was laughing about the very possibility of male fanboys attempting such a feat.

      My personal take, if you’re a male who just has to buy a rose gold iPhone, you also need to sit down with your parents and have that long avoided adult, sexual orientation conversation.


      1. You don’t know what you’re talking about. Remember, colour and gender stereotypes are not only time-sensitive, but also culture sensitive.

        I think a male that eschews the pink phone for reasons of gender bias perhaps has something to hide or is overcompensating for inadequate masculinity.

      2. I think your views of human sexuality are both narrow and myopic. I would have no problem using a rose gold iPhone, and don’t think it should cause anyone to guess at or cast aspersions about my sexuality. It’s just a ludicrous issue for anyone else to even be concerned about.

    4. I don’t agree as I bet there’s a lot of guys wondering…
      Of course you should just do what you want, but lots of folks just aren’t up to the task. I don’t really see harm in discussing it. And for the record, no, it’s not.

  1. And to contribute another opinion on this substance: truly secure heterosexual men have no fear wearing pink shirts, pink pants, pink watch bands, pink phones… If you as a hetero, macho, manly man command the expected respect from your other hetero, macho, manly buddies, rocking a pink phone can only be more appealing to the ladies (who will like you for not being a stereotypical sexist guy). Look at it this way; if you, as a jock, have to express your ‘feminine side’ (in order for your girl to appreciate you better), it’s probably better to get a pink phone then to watch Romcoms with Jennifer Aniston and Mark Ruffalo…

  2. I’m gay, and I would probably get a space grey model, so go ahead and take away my gay membership card. I don’t care about resale value, because I just give away my old phones to friends in Central America or Mexico. I put a cover on my phone, so the color of the phone is completely unimportant.

    1. That is a rational and reasonable answer to a silly question. While the subject was probably somewhat offensive to gay men (for the obvious reasons of stereotyping), it was set to make it silly, and to poke fun at the expense of the stereotypical (slightly homophobic) manly men.

      1. I wasn’t at all offended. Seeing how the straight male thinks is like people watching. I don’t judge and don’t feel put upon or offended because they raise questions about things that are important to them. And let’s all say it. A straight man’s masculinity is important to him. It’s part of what makes him so attractive.

    2. 50 Shades of Gay
      So if you’re gay, and you go gray!
      then straights opting for space gray

      just may…
      on space gray unboxing day
      wonder what their friends will say

      Should they have bought rosé?
      To prove their masculinité
      Bearing a blushing iphone may
      keep all the haters at bay

      Who cares what others may say
      It’s just a lighter red, okay!

      And besides… there’s always eBay.

    1. I think the question was much more poking fun at the expense of those ultra-hetero jocks who, being latently homophobic, wouldn’t be caught dead with anything pink (lest anyone think they are, god forbid, you know, the ‘G’ word…).

  3. Using “gay” in this way is borderline illegal in present times. It clearly shows ignorance and frighteningly poor taste. At best it falls into the category of micro-aggression. Very sad for a website that just barely has valuable content to begin with.

    having said that:

    Black on Black is for the Players.
    Gold on white is for the Players mother.
    Pink on white is for the Players little sister.

  4. this crap has no place on MDN…. we all know that generally Apple users are more educated, intelligent and socially mobile….. clearly not on this thread….. this needs to go in the trash !!!

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