Friday, 6 August 2010

Feminist Friday v.II


Why is everything for girls pink and for boys blue? Granted Blondie Boy's blue eyes pop in blue, but he looks equally dashing in pink. I have heard of several fathers who refuse to let their sons have anything pink. Umm, why?

Did you know that back in the day pink was for boys and blue was for girls? Pink was a "strong" color and blue a "dainty" one. At some point obviously this norms flip-flopped, but who says either colour has to represent just one sex? Who says anything has to be solely for one sex?


Blondie Boy has a t-shirt that says "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" and I freaking love it. I've put a pink bandana on him before, too. I don't think babies should conform to culturally enforced gender norms, they should just be babies.

In addition to linking up your post this week I'd love it if y'all left suggestions for future Link-up themes and prompts. These can just be topics, recent news stories or anything you'd like to see written about and I will theme/prompt next week's link-up.

PS- I apologize for such a weak post, but Blondie Boy is on a nap strike and I didn't have it in me to pull out the big guns! I had visions of clickable source links and beautiful metaphors, but it's just not in me tonight :)






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6 comments:

Abby said...

There was a very interesting article on this subject on Sociological Images a while back.

http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2010/03/25/when-pink-was-for-everyone-1950s-bathrooms/

And I meant to tell you Noble Savage (http://noblesavage.me.uk/) has a great list of other feminist mum blogs if you're interested.

Lane said...

I loved that Soc. Images link that abby gave, and that site in general.

I think this recent post there http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2010/08/05/why-not-gender-neutral-clothes/
resonated with me most because as someone who is not finding out the gender of her baby, it is saddeningly hard to find neutral clothes. I have a blog post drafted because of all of it! As if a baby cares what colors it is wearing!

myshorterstories said...

My older son (Brendan) and husband (Martyn) love and wear pink. A lot. Brendan looks really,really good in it, and takes a lot of crap from men and boys his age who don't have the nerve to wear pink. His female friends (and he has thousands) love the fact that he wears pink. He has an annual Valentine's Day party and requires everyone who attends to wear pink or red. Son number 2 (Tristan) is a rampant and unrepentant Alpha male who hates pink. There is plenty of room in our house for men who like pink (and they both want to know if Blondie Boy's shirt is available in their sizes). Peacocks and most other animals do things the other way 'round from humans-- just look at a male Drill's butt the next time you are in a zoo- and no one would question their masculinity!

Vixen/Apron Frenzy said...

I so agree about the color thing. Although I took my grandson to the park yesterday and he totally RAWKED the pink princess stroller I have from the grand-daughters.

Visiting from BHAH, so nice to meet you!

thepsychobabble said...

you make an excellent point! and good luck with the nap strike:(

myshorterstories said...

hmmm. topics. that is a hard one. hard to narrow down, actually. fashion + feminism? are they compatible? sorry-- my brain is on thought strike.