Being Colorblind is Harder than it Looks

Alright, so, here’s the break down: I’m part of the 0.5% of women who are colorblind. Now, I’m not considered to be totally colorblind, and neither is my father. We have some weird form of colorblindness that results in us not being able to see shades of colors. From a genetic stand point it works like this: a color blind daughter must have a father who is color blind and a mother who is a carrier, which is exactly what I have! Almost all the men on my mother’s side of the family are color blind, and there are a few on my father’s as well.

Funnily enough, a lot of people go their whole lives without realizing they’re color blind. My father had no idea until he was in his 30s and my brother figured it out on his 23rd birthday. If you wanna figure out if you got some color blindness going on have some free colorblind tests! Or have some lovely images:

The only on I can see is the 12 in the first circle and the 42 in the third circle.

Now that we’ve covered the basics let’s discuss some VERY frequently asked questions that I’m just plain tired of answering:

What color is this? If you ever seriously ask me this question I’m gonna reply with the most idiotic answer I can think of on the spot. Don’t ask a colorblind person this. We are really frickin’ sick of it.

Do you see only shades of gray? Considering I don’t have monochromacy and how rare monochromacy is, no. I can’t even see shades, dude, what makes you think grey is different?

Which colors do you see then? Mostly the primary and secondary ones. In fact, here is a complete list of the colors I can see:

Who buys your clothes? I do, but, to be fair, my wardrobe is roughly 98% black so everything is gonna match regardless.

Can you see in the dark? Yes and no. I can make out basic shapes a bit but because I can’t see shades it’s pretty much a lost cause. I’ll probably never be able to drive at night.

Hopefully you learned something today, kids!

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