Can your little girl escape from the pink world?

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I know I´m not alone on this quest to make my girl enjoy and have available all colours. But I give up, it´s impossible. The most we can do is chose different colors when we buy some things and not always, because sometimes there simply aren´t options rather than pink stuff for girls. And boys have even less options. Their outfits usually have much less corridors of clothes in the stores.

I tried to buy a present to a little girl one time. I went for the stove and pans (don´t get me wrong here, this toy is not about sexism, any kid absolutely love this) and even those were all in pink. With some luck you could find purple.

I would definitely buy the same toy for my own little boy (if I had one), but the fact is that you only find it in pink and many parents simply won´t let their boys wear pink, that´s it: it´s a toy just for girls. How stupid is that? (the same occurs to all dolls, kitchen and housing apparatus, I wonder Why)

As soon as kids start to speak at two years old, they can say how this is for girls and that is for boys based on the colors. The other day my daughter and a little boy were playing at home (they are both 3) she came out with some buckles and he said: “that´s for girls!”, he started to pick up the green and blue ones and then said: “These are for boys”.

It wasn´t always like this

According to Wikipedia, pink was a color for boys and blue for girls from the 1920s till the 1940s. Back then they associated red with courage, so boys were in that spectrum. Blue on the other hand was associated with calm and tranquility, therefore a girlish color.

Though there are studies that show a genetic preference for reds and tones in that spectrum  by women and blue by man, the fact is that the way we play those colors today is mostly influenced by the culture.

But the nice thing on this subject that I found was this: little children pick up fast which color is associated to each genre and they stick to it as a way of holding their identity. So in a way it´s kind of cool that they have this tool (the color of the stuff) to hang on as in a way to express themselves and belong to a group and feel safe there.

Yes, so they probably choose their colors based on culture and on being on a comfort zone. Interesting. Makes me wonder if we should shake their comfort zone sometimes a little bit, by messing up with the colors that are so stereotyped.

I will keep trying my best to give Luísa other options. Simply because the amount of pink clothes and toys is just annoying. Is there a way out of pink world anyway?

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This article was originally posted on Tripping Mom by Marilia Di Cesare on September 16, 2010. Republished with authorization. Click here for all other posts.


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