We all buy in to the Blue-is-for-Boys, Pink-is-for-Girls myth, even though we know its bullshit. Here I bookmark some notes on The Wearing Of Pink.
First: When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink? After the war, according to J.B. Paoletti, a historian:
In 1927, Time magazine printed a chart showing sex-appropriate colors for girls and boys according to leading U.S. stores. In Boston, Filene’s told parents to dress boys in pink. So did Best & Co. in New York City, Halle’s in Cleveland and Marshall Field in Chicago.
Today’s color dictate wasn’t established until the 1940s, as a result of Americans’ preferences as interpreted by manufacturers and retailers. “It could have gone the other way,” Paoletti says.
This five year old seems to have come to the same conclusion. Truly amazing.
Finally, look at this photo, much shared when it appeared on the Internet last year, which sort of links the Pink Is For Girls idea with the Disneyfication of princesses and fairytales, which we discussed earlier.