What’s your favorite color?
“It’s a baby girl”, doctor told the father and brimming with joy, wonderment and excitement, the father rushed to the store besides hospital and brought all “pink” roses overlooking his favorite “orchids”.
Now-a-days, people, unconsciously choose pink for girls and blue for boys. It may seem very normal but as children grow this casually put gender-specific color-denotation becomes a serious issue. This color play for children has got long history.
For centuries, “white” was the color for children. As white clothes were easy to bleach. Then pastel colors came into trend. For particular skin color rather than gender. In 1918, in Ladies home journal article, it was said that pink was stronger and suitable for boys and blue was delicate, dainty and prettier for girls. According to University of Maryland Professor, Jo B Paoletti, author of Pink and Blue : Telling the Girls from the Boys of America, the colors weren’t gender-specific at first. She also said that blue-eyed babies wore blue and brown-eyed wore pink. But after World War I, trend changed and manufacturers brought pink for girls and blue for boys. But in 60s and 70s, after Women Liberal Movement, women started wearing unisex clothes, who wanted to protest the delicacy, shyness attached to pink color, who wanted people to think of them as strong as boys. But in mid 80s,again trend set for pink girls and blue boys and it’s growing stronger than ever. It’s a manufacturer strategy to earn money by developing trends which will make parents to change wardrobe for their particular child,gender-wise. You’ll see all kinds of accessories, toys, even handkerchiefs in blue and pink for boys and girls respectively in the kids’ shop, making people think that they are supposed to stick to that color only,otherwise my boy or girl will be mistaken. I mean do we really need those tags in form of colors?
It is not only just limited to clothes or accessories but also people tend to assign masculinity and femininity to the colors. Today whether you enter into market, mall, name ceremony or children birthday parties, blue and pink top the charts by defeating all other colors. If you put a baby girl in blue in crib, she’ll be mistaken by many, as a boy and if a boy in pink, then he’ll be mistaken as a girl. And due to this mentality, boys think from their childhood that pink is not their color and they hate it. People make them think that pink is a girlish color. But the fact is most of the girls don’t even favor pink that much. When you go to pick a dress for a little girl, pink dances in front of you with a grace and if it’s for a boy, blue smartly stands out with a brave posture. Do we really need to put these obligations to colors?
Colors bring shine, happiness in life. A picture comes to life when it dips into colors. These colors don’t have anything to do with gender. Yes, they can express your mood, state of mind but not gender. Just because a boy wants a pink shirt, doesn’t mean you can tease him that he has a girlish choice. Are you a girl to wear pink or why do you want to wear blue? It’s manly or (teasing) so, pink is your favorite color, come on, be a man, bleed blue….Well these remarks can totally make people down. It is this trend set by people, keep boys away from pink. And girls are tired of being taken for granted. I’m a girl and I like pink but my purse, bottle, bag don’t have to be necessarily pink or if it’s pink then it doesn’t mean I’m too shy, sensitive. Because every individual has a choice of colors.
Colors for specific gender are taken for granted. We can shut that taboo off by firmly accepting any color choice by anyone. Because Hello, colors are meant to brighten up, revive, not to shout on top of their voices that Hey I’m a girl, I’m a boy. Let’s not stuff little minds with presumption that this is your color. Those misleading beliefs enroot in delicate minds of kids and they grow up with that mentality. Discriminating among people was cruel enough, let’s try to keep colors out of that adulteration. Let kids soak in any color they want, let them rejoice in their own choice of colors.
As Marcus Aurelius said,
“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”
It’s better to guide and enlighten children about their inner colors to be better human beings than teaching them what should be their choice of material colors.