Pink and blue

Gabrielle - posted on 04/06/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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What do you all think about the whole "pink is for girls, blue is boys" thing? I did some research and found out this is completely arbitary and pretty recent, too. Until about 1945, blue was for girls (connected to feminine ocean and water) and pink was for boys (connected to red, sun, masculine fire). Personally, I hate pink. I won't wear it and I prefer not to dress my daughter in it. I dislike anything that could limit me or my child in any way (you can't have that, it's not pink, etc). it also drives me crazy that all the little girl clothes are pink with flowers, cats and hearts, and all the little boy clothes are sports and race cars. How about something neutral? More choices, please!

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Katie - posted on 09/05/2014

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Blue is my favourite colour. I have a 2 month old girl and she wears blue lots, (she wears pink as well) but it drives me crazy when I'm told that because she is a girl she shouldn't wear blue.

Georgia - posted on 03/01/2014

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i am 8 year old girl love blue hate pink. f0r neutral clothes try hanna anderson.

Emily - posted on 05/05/2009

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I hate hate hate the idea of arbitrarily assigning colors a gender. It drives me crazy. I do like pink and it compliments my daughters' skin tones. I have a ton of it but if I were to have a boy later down the road he'd be wearing their pink hand me downs without hesitation.

Gabrielle - posted on 05/04/2009

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I love to shop in the boy's section. Ember also gets some hand-me-downs from a male friend who's bigger than she is. We're definitely seeing the peer pressure - lots of pink at school, so now she's coming home asking to wear all pink. I'm just working at getting her to mix in other colors, too.

Sarah - posted on 04/30/2009

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I love the colour red on my little girl - it suits her and it means we can shop in the boys section too as there are a lot of red and blue clothes out there but for some reason not in the girls section!! colour doesn't matter - dress them in whatever you want!! personally I love Eva in pink and there are so many different shades and the colour suits her.

Melanie - posted on 04/28/2009

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Since starting play school at the beginning of the year my almost four year old daughter has been told by the other little girls in her group that she can't play with them unless she wears pink and glitter - oh dear, there goes my anti pink stance - caving in to the peer pressure we wear it 2 out of the 4 mornings that she's there but her wardrobe is looking decidedly boring from what it used to.
I suppose there's always going to be that part of their lives that you can't influence although it was nice to hold the reins for the first 3 and a half years.

On another note, I know so many little boys that wear pink - it's much more acceptable in our new metrosexual climate :-) Having said that I know a dad that won't let his sons out in red - 'it's a girl colour' he says!

Jaime - posted on 04/27/2009

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My youngest loves cars, penguins, and pretty much anything boyish!! So not the little girly girly. We have even had boy underwear because diego is on them!!

Maram - posted on 04/27/2009

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I'm not a big fan of pink but since we had nice shades now I can wear pink (little of it) in my PJs and T-Shirts. When we found out that we're expecting a girl we both said no to PINK!
her nursery theme was neutral, nice combo of orange, purple and green with beige base. Her storller and carseat combo is brown and we added little orange (toys, blanket)
most of her cloths was colorful with (yellow, green, white, red, brown) but also we got some pink peices for change. I totally agree that we shouldn't limit pink to girls and blue to boys, I think both colors work just great for both.

Brandee - posted on 04/16/2009

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I can't stand pink! I have an 8 yr old son and that is his favorite color! however my little girl is drawn more towards the oranges and pale purples! I don't think you should have to stick to pink for girls and a good place that I have found to get away from the pink and get more options is Old Navy! great store, great selection, great prices!!

Shauna - posted on 04/10/2009

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I love orange!! I tried to dress my baby girl in orange alot--looked great on her but It is hard to find orange clothes that don't look masculine. spring green  or zen green is a great colour and I choose various blues  alot. I have 3 girls and tried to resist pink but i am afraid my girls started gravitating towards it once they got to a certain age(but purple was big in my house for awhile). I even bought trucks and toy cars for my girls--they wanted to play with baby dolls and toy strollers. you can find other colours for clothes if you shop around but at somepoint she may choos ePINK all on her own lol!

Shauna - posted on 04/10/2009

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I love orange!! I tried to dress my baby girl in orange alot--looked great on her but It is hard to find orange clothes that don't look masculine. spring green  or zen green is a great colour and I choose various blues  alot. I have 3 girls and tried to resist pink but i am afraid my girls started gravitating towards it once they got to a certain age(but purple was big in my house for awhile). I even bought trucks and toy cars for my girls--they wanted to play with baby dolls and toy strollers. you can find other colours for clothes if you shop around but at somepoint she may choos ePINK all on her own lol!

Angela - posted on 04/08/2009

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my kids' dad was against anything that looked feminine with our now 6yr old twin boys. i got so tired of blue and green, i wanted to scream. i've never been a pink person, i've been more of a blue and purple girl. when my little girl came around, i went pink crazy, down to her stroller/carseat combo! i like the cute flowery stuff, especially now when everyone says, "oh what a beautiful baby boy!" mind you, she dressed head to toe in pink, pink car seat, blanket and bow in her hair! i just want to say, hey, would you dress your little boy like that? when she gets bigger, i'll back off of the pink alot. she does have blue, purple, yellow, green outfits. she's got it all, but i do agree that people do spend too much time trying to teach our kids about gender roles. i think my boys would be cute in pink, but i'm too afraid of what their dad may do if i did it!

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