Pink for Girls, Blue for Boys

Girls Talk theme today is our favorite dress. I only wear dress on formal occasions and unfortunately, the only one I have does not fit me anymore. I got too much bilbil.

I wear shirts or blouses and pants when going out. I love color red so you can see me in red most of the time. At home, I don’t wear anything long so you can see me in shorts and sleeveless.

red polo shirtred blouseI don’t know why but I am really attracted to anything red and pink. I have red slippers, red bag, red bracelet and red purse. My cellphone is color red too.

By the way, have you ever wonder why pink always designated a feminine color, and blue a masculine color?

Do you know that originally pink was designated for boys, as it was thought to be the stronger color? In Christian tradition, red was associated as male, and its sibling pink was used for boys. Blue was associated the Virgin Mary and therefore considered feminine. (source)

Assigning color to gender is mostly a 20th century trait according to “Gender Specific Colors”. (source). They were dressing children in pink and blue to specifically denote gender suggested the rising middle class and above.

However, according to Dr. Anya Hurlbert, evolution may have driven females to prefer reddish colours – reddish fruits, healthy, reddish faces. “Culture may exploit and compound this natural female preference.” Early human societies almost certainly engaged in a division of labour between the sexes. Hunter-gathering cavemen will have been attracted to the colour blue because it represents clear skies and clean water, best time to hunt. Women, meanwhile, foraged locally for fruits and berries. This division of labour may be at the root of why girls now prefer pink.

Scientists led by Dr. Hurlbert and Tazhu Ling conducted studies to average people’s overall preferences. They showed pairs of colours to 208 volunteers aged between 20 and 26, who had to select which they preferred by using a mouse cursor to select. The participants were British white Caucasians and 37 were Chinese. The Result showed that women like blues and pinks while men like mainly blue. (source)

Today, I saw many men wearing pink. Pink became a much more acceptable color for men and did not necessarily denote a lack of masculinity.

Well, it answers why I like red clothes and things. You can see more of the dresses and girly stuffs at Niko’s Girls Talk.

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