Is it okay for boys to wear pink?
The color and gender stereotypes issue has come up time and time again – see most recently, the J. Crew catalog that included a boy with pink nail polish or the fact that a boy has joined the ranks of the Toddlers & Tiaras pageant circuit.
But what about what young boys think about wearing pink? Or what dads think?
Good Morning America addressed the whole “boys wearing pink” issue (or non-issue, as the case may be) in this video clip.
Dads were asked about their thoughts on their boys wearing pink and then kids were put through some tests to determine their preference for the color pink and their thoughts on wearing the color.
All of the dads in the interview seemed okay with having their son choose to wear pink. One man noted he would prefer blue, but ultimately it’s up to the child.
The boys in the piece were put through a couple of nonscientific tests – first, their choice of scooters to ride when given the choice of green/blue/pink and second, a rack of shirts to try on, where there were only enough shirts as there were kids and two of the shirts were pink.
In the first test, the kids didn’t pick the pink scooter at first, but some had no issue with trying it out on the second round.
For the shirt test, the kids went for the colors other than pink first, but when there were two boys and two pink shirts remaining, both were okay with wearing the pink shirts.
When asked about their feelings about the color pink, most seemed okay with wearing the color. They weren’t, however, okay with wearing a shirt with a princess on it. One noted that it “crossed the line” and said he wouldn’t want to be made fun of for wearing a girl’s shirt.
What are your thoughts on the color/gender stereotype debate? When my son was little, he flat out refused to use a pink or purple cup. We never made a big deal about the distinction between what was a “boy color” or “girl color,” but somehow he figured out that pink and purple colors were not for him.
Over time, he was fine with it. “It’s just a color, mom,” he said when I realized he no longer had an issue with the pink cup. With years, comes wisdom, I suppose!
Should you let your kids express themselves, even if it goes against popular opinion?