Blog Post #2: What does the color pink mean to you?

11 Nov

Veronica Arreola of Girl W/Pen, wrote a post about when is it good to be girly. It all started when her daughter got excited over a spa kit that’s featured in a science catalog. Such things, like pink microscopes, are meant to target female population. Veronica continues to write that it still upsets her when she “sees microscopes painted pink to attract girls.” This implies that girls will be attracted to and interested in something as long as it’s pink and girly. Lady-like, much like many of us has been conditioned to be over the years. Does that mean, us, women are not capable of having our own passions and interests? It has to be girly in order to be appealing? It’s fine if pink has been your favorite color all along, but for some, it has been conditioned to be their liking. Even as an infant, many parents would buy pink and pastel colored clothing for their daughters. Society deems this to be the norm because only the color pink is most feminine. Blue, black, grey, green, are meant for the boys. Boys are told early on that “pink is for girls.”  Even now, as adults, this still applies. Victoria’s Secret has an entire line dedicated to the concept of “PINK.” It’s meant to be sexy, cute, and all things girly. But, have we ever wondered why pink? Of all colors, this is considered the one to have the most correlation with the female gender. Even worse, if a male wears pink, he might be labeled as a homosexual. Society makes us believe that we must fall into certain categories in order to be normal, to fit in. If girls were given the choice to choose other colors earlier on, would as many females actually like the color pink as much as they do now?

I know it’s just a color and that it might be no big deal. But imagine if it was the opposite in our society. If blue was meant to be feminine and pink as masculine. Sounds like a crazy thought to me. But it only seems crazy because that’s what we were taught from the very beginning.

In The Handmaid’s Tale, Offred and all other women are forced to wear clothing of a specific color. They were not recognized really for who they are as an individual but rather, for the color of their clothing, indicating what their job task and role in society is. When people lose their identities and freedom of choice, they begin to lose themselves. They no longer know what they want, or can want. They never question, they just follow. I’m not saying that pink is an evil conspiracy placed upon us by society, but I want everyone to think about why they like or dislike certain colors. Through that, maybe we can learn a bit more about ourselves.

 

-Diana Situ

 

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3 Responses to “Blog Post #2: What does the color pink mean to you?”

  1. monicagarber1989 November 11, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

    Although I love the color pink, I also love red and blue. I don’t think that a specific color should be considered feminine or masculine. The colors of the clothing which we wear definitely reflect our mood, but have nothing to do with our sexual preference or gender. In fact, most of my guy friends who are very much heterosexual wear pink shirts that say “Real Men Wear Pink” or just baby pink colored polos. It’s sad how naive society is nowadays.

  2. ysamar November 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    When I was younger I actually didn’t like pink. I found it too “girly”.
    Yes, I’m a girl but when I was a kid I was nothing but “girly”. Now that I’ve grown I don’t mind wearing dresses and looking nice. Yet, my favorite color is red.
    I guess it all depends on the girl.

    Men on the other hand are beginning to wear pink, which makes it a little bit of a masculine color now as well. Although its definitely still perceived as feminine, pink is becoming less gender-specific.

  3. itzjessicax3 November 13, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    I agree with you all. Color should not be defined feminine or masculine. I believe that everyone has to right to be who they want to be and if that’s stepping out of the norm, then so be it. It would not be cool if everyone had the same color clothes like uniforms. You can’t be who you are if everything is assigned or mandated. There is no uniqueness involved. I don’t wear much of a variety of colors but I support people who do. Diversity is key.
    I always thought pink was girly as well but now I just think of it as any other color

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