I was a total tomboy, but I did have a Barbie or two, although I don’t ever remember having a Barbie car or dream house. Holly Hobbie and Strawberry Shortcake pretty much rocked my world. Oh and Cabbage Patch Dolls. But other than that, I remember always playing outside. In the dirt. Building forts and making mud pies. I think it’s safe to say, I was not a dainty little miss.
Then and now, it was pretty widely accepted that pink is a girly/dainty color and blue is masculine, but until I stumbled across this article from NPR, I never really questioned why or how it came to be that way.
Did you know it hasn’t always been that way? In the 1700’s both men and women wore pink. It wasn’t until after World War II that “pink” became a feminized color. Advertising obviously played a HUGE roll in pushing us to assign gender colors. After the war, everything from shampoo bottles to fashion got bathed in pink and marketed to women. The article totally made me realize how much advertising affects what we think is socially normal.
Did you grow up thinking pink was for girls? Maybe now you associate pink with having to be “girly” and you were more of the tomboy explorer type–so you’ve banned the color altogether?
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