Pink is for Girls!
Some time ago I was telling one of my girlfriends about the fact that pink really only came to be considered a “girls colour” about 1/2 century ago. Before that it was strictly for the boys. And if you go any further back, both boys and girls wore white dresses from birth until they were seven or eight years old. The idea that pink was a gender specific colour meant only for girls is a fairly recent concept… and honestly, it’s not based on ANYTHING really.
Back when blue was for girls, it was considered airy and light: feminine. Pink was a diluted form of red, which is fierce and stern: masculine. But, if you ask me… it doesn’t matter how you slice it. Pink is just pretty, and damn it. I like it.
It has nothing to do with it being girlie or feminine. I just think it’s a pretty colour. Pastel pink, light coral, even a salmon… the colour just makes me feel good.
The idea that even colours have been paired off in this gender binary is so ridiculous in every possible way. Quite honestly, I’d like to see us go back to the days when everyone dressed their children in dresses. The white I’m not so crazy about… Back then it was all about being able to toss them into a bucket of bleach water. But the dresses? Yep. Makes sense to me. Way easier to run around in.
Where am I going with this? Honestly? I have no idea. I’m mostly just rambling. LOL I saw an article today that referenced this whole colour/gender thing and it just reminded me that I’d actually been talking about it not too long ago. Soooo… here’s the article I read today: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/When-Did-Girls-Start-Wearing-Pink.html But seriously, if it’s something you are interested in, there’s a ton of info out there about it. And from a feminist/human rights stand point, it’s rather interesting.
Why can’t I seem to make an actual point today? Well… my brain is a little fried. Working WAY too many hours. Thinking about WAY too many things. So, yeah. Just feeling kinda rambly. 😉
Posted on August 7, 2011, in Feminism, Just a Note, LGBTTQ and tagged blue boy, blue is feminine, blue is for boys, childrens clothes, colour, feminism, gender and colour, gender binary, gender neutral, kids clothes, pink girl, pink is for girls, pink is masculine, rambling, tired. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.