Pink is for boys girls

Wednesday 29 October 2008

In the early part of the 20th century, pink was a masculine hue, a pastel version of red. Blue, with its intimations of the Virgin Mary, constancy and faithfulness, was thought to be dainty.

In the 1940s, the societal norm inverted so that pink became appropriate for girls and blue appropriate for boys. Many attribute this to Germans imprisoned on accusations of homosexuality being forced to wear a pink triangle symbol by the Nazi Party.


  1. Weird.

    Of course, that doesn't make the pink dress shirt my husband wore in his high school graduation pictures in 1986 any more cool.

  2. I read in a book on colour theory that in the middle ages, blue was a colour associated with evil.

    You've got to man up to wear pink.

  3. A white leather tie is surely the absolute height, with nothing else to reach above, of gross 80s fashion. Is he suitably ashamed now?

  4. Yeah well when I wear pink it makes the boys wink - is this wrong?

  5. "nothing else to reach above"

    He had a perm.

    You have to remember this was at the height of Miami Vice metrosexual madness. Men wore pink, got manicures, and carried guns.

    (Did you guys get Miami Vice down there? If not, you were spared the fashion insanity.)

  6. I dunno, Mork, I guess it depends on what you want the outcome to be, huh? Did you get up to no good in Katanning? ;)

    Erin - oh, boy. He really rolled around in the bottom of the slimey 80s fashion barrel, didn't he :) Hehe. Yeah, we got the no socks fashion insanity here too :)

    Monk - how could the colour of hte sky be associated with evil? They were sure ass-about in the Middle Ages on a whole lot of things. Still, it's interesting to see how these fads come and go, isn't it?


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