Why Blue?

Collene - posted on 08/22/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I have had it from many a mum or so it would seem... That Girls should be dressed in pink or similar and Boys should be dressed in Blue or similar. Why are we still so old fashioned about these things and haven't moved on from the NORM.......
Why is it that such colours make such an impact on a child's Life/Growing up and development..... or so it would seem. Or is it because it's the way we were taught to do things, in order to keep our heritage alive..... Tell me what you think!
This is just a general conversation and I am not looking for any particular response. But are interested to see what people say. Thank you.

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Nicole - posted on 08/24/2010

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i dress my little girl in both i was not going to dress her pink at all because of this but she has olive skin and looks so cute in pink i also dress her in blue and a alot of other colours and because her name is charlie people just asume shes a boy i know how u feel i think anything goes these days my sister in law dressed and still does her girls in pink all the time it drives me nuts ok they are girls but one colour is not going to give them individuality it will just make them hate pink!!!! its just an old fashion norm colour is colour! doesnt matter who wears which one i reckon!

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Jessica - posted on 09/01/2010

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i do it because i dont like it when people call my little girl a boy when she is so obvously a girl and this way if there dumb enough to call a baby in all pink a boy i dont look mean for saying something plus pink and blue r just the cutest colors

Sunet Smit - posted on 08/27/2010

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How did we jump from colour to sexuality, i think that is a whole new conversation.

Sunet Smit - posted on 08/27/2010

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I think it might be the way that we were brought up. I do like dressing my baby up in pink and my boy in boy colours "if you can call it that" but i don't limit them to that, my baby has clothes that are blue,green and "boy colours" and she does wear it often. When they grow up they might even hate the colours that you loved so much dressing them up in, and what do you do then? you can't force them to wear it if they don't like the colours. I think it was the way we we're taught to do things as we grew up.

Collene - posted on 08/24/2010

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Thank you Kate, for your comment.. I won't take your comment as rude. In fact I was quite intrigued.
However, I refuse to believe it is gene's for the simple fact that in the European scheme of sexuality, it is a choice and always will be. The fact remains however that that choice can be influenced. And I must ask, how can it be ingrained from before birth if it is not understood in a child's mind till after they find out what sex really is and that they have other lifestyle choice's? And as for it being influenced by soy products... I hope you don't take me wrong but Food being an influence in such is topic, wouldn't be plausible, let alone have fact.

Kate - posted on 08/23/2010

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I agree Janice... I played hockey and cricket with my brother, climbed trees, built "forts" in the bush... but I also had dolls and barbies, and did ballet (even if it was for a very short time). I think it's good to have a balance...
yup, i also read that a psychologist commented that kids naturally gravitate to certain things / toys according to gender so she reckons that you probably could tell...

Collene, I'm sorry if this is rude, but... pink? seriously? so it's not genes, or soy products, or some unknown factor, but pink? I'd love to see some studies/research showing that...

Collene - posted on 08/23/2010

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We have seen through the ages that, like most recently, that Pink on a boy as it grows can or has turned them homosexual, not every single time but it has been known. Just the same as a girl with blue or darker colours can effect them in a way that they grow up to be a Tomboy or as far as the alternative. I'm not homophobic, don't get me wrong I have many friends who are both Gay and Lesbian. However, would like my children and children in the future to have there own views of there own sexuality. I have read or heard many a story about how it can start as early as infant-hood. Not to mention witnessed it myself, even with straight parents.

Janice - posted on 08/23/2010

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I'm sure they have done a study like that before. Children and people still notice things about themselves and hormones have a place too. My dad raised me as though I was a boy, played soft ball, camping, fishing, biking, dressed in rough clothes, made a mess of myself, but whenever I played with other people they would introduce games like "house" and "barbies" I loved my little ponies as much as i loved playing with toy cars. I think it's just important to allow a child to have any many experiences with as many things as you can and harness the things that they really enjoy. I was thinking of getting my girl into dancing cause she loves music and loves to dance so much. If I had a boy that loved to dance I would put him in dancing as well. :)

Kate - posted on 08/23/2010

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for me at this stage I get a little upset when people ask "is it a girl" or "how old is he"... when she is dressed head to toe in pink and everything on the pram is pink!!! so I'm almost having the opposite problem, LOL. I WANT people to identify that she is a girl because she's all in pink. but that's more about me than her.
I read somewhere that a couple in Switzerland is raising their child without gender - the LO is allowed to wear whatever he/she wants - boy's stuff / girl's or a mix. they have not told anyone what their LOs gender is... I'm not so sure how good / easy that is on the kid, but I think decades from now it's going to be extremely interesting to see how that kid is doing / what effect (if any) the non-genderised upbringing had on them...

Janice - posted on 08/22/2010

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I think it has more to do with what is available at the shops. They just don't make that many girls clothes that are blue. My girl looks gorgeous in blue. She has these really large blue eyes :) I dress my son in his sister's pink sleep suits, and sometimes I take him out in public in them. It doesn't really matter when they are babies. No one cares what they wear. I won't dress him in pink if I am going to visit someone though. Believe it or not, when I was doing work in the creche, and daycare, the boys actually prefer the colour pink when they are colouring things. Funny isn't it? And pink used to be a very masculine colour once. Funny world we live in really :)

Tracy - posted on 08/22/2010

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I have a 4 month old baby girl for who I dress in blue at least once a week or once a fortnight I use to think that oys should be in blue and girls in pink but Ambrosia looks quite nice in blue and any way how many guys do you see in pink tops when that was the in thing I think they look nice I think at the end of the day as long as my bubba has clothes on and is warm and happy I dont think it really matters that much

Amanda - posted on 08/22/2010

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I have 2 girls, and I actually dress them more in blue (lighter or more teal shades) than any other color, because they both got my husband's strikingly gorgeous blue eyes! I think that blue clothes bring them out more. I do dress them in pink some (especially my infant) but I tend to steer clear of it when shopping since I get sick of it! I feel like society may be starting to stray away from the pink and blue, based on what I see when shopping. not sure...

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