My Son Loves Pink, Is It A Big Deal?

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Ask my son what he wants for a treat and he will emphatically respond with “ICE CREAM PINK!”

It’s not just the ice cream Charlie loves, he is nearly 3 and his favorite color is pink.

Should we be “worried?”

Short answer: we’re not. We are not going to stress about color choices our boys make. Because, frankly, the color of their shirt, shorts, shoes, or ice cream has no bearing as to whether or not our sons will grow up to be good people.

Why is it such a big deal to some, this color coded gender bias we have placed upon the children we are raising?

Gender neutral clothing started to disappear in the 80s to be replaced by color coded gender teams of pink and blue. Walk in to any kid’s clothing store and the color bias assaults you from either side. ¬†Some parents rail against the princess model by banning their girls from wearing pink, while others would mock boys like my son for being sissies.

Roll the clock even further back to 1918 and you’ll see that pink was a tough color.¬†“The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” [via Smithsonian Mag]

While the month of October gets pinkwashed in the name of breast cancer support, it has another effect: reducing the stigma of the color (to which I am still perplexed as to why a stigma exists in the first place).

  • Rafa Nadal 1 of 12
    Rafa Nadal
    Rafa dominates on the red clay of Roland Garros in pink.
    Image Credit Tennis Warehouse
  • Ryder Hesjedal 2 of 12
    Ryder Hesjedal
    Ryder won the Giro D'Italia (Tour of Italy) in 2012 and was awarded a maglia rosa (pink jersey).
    Image Credit Wiki
  • Pro Rodeo 3 of 12
    Pro Rodeo
    Cowboys are about as tough as they come, and they're tough enough to wear pink on the rodeo circuit.
    Image Credit Tough Enough To Wear Pink
  • Bubba Watson 4 of 12
    Bubba Watson
    Bubba won The 2012 Masters tournament with a pink driver in his bag. Bubba isn't shy admitting pink is his favorite color, and he has it splashed all over his clubs. Bubba averaged 315 yards a drive in 2011, so don't be telling me pink is a sissy color.
    Image Credit Pink Is For Boys
  • Pink Shirt Day 5 of 12
    Pink Shirt Day
    This effort started after a boy was called out for wearing a pink shirt to school. The next day 3 students showed up with 50 pink shirts to pass out to students in solidarity with the victim. The last Wednesday in February is Pink Shirt Day across Canada where students rally to rise up against bullying.
    Image Credit Pink Shirt Day
  • David Beckham 6 of 12
    David Beckham
    Pink boots are popular right across the professional soccer ranks. The world's most famous footballer, wears pink boots with the names of his 4 kids on the side.
    Image Credit The Sun
  • Bret Hart 7 of 12
    Bret Hart
    One of the toughest last names is wrestling is Hart. Wrestling really is 'the family business' and when Bret ruled the WWF in the 80s and 90s, he wore pink.
    Image Credit Pro Boards
  • Calgary Hitmen 8 of 12
    Calgary Hitmen
    The Calgary Hitmen don pink accented jerseys and skate on pink ice each year.
    Image Credit Hitmen Hockey
  • NFL 9 of 12
    For the month of October the NFL gets pinked out, right down to the cord on the ref's whistle.
    Image Credit Marketing Pilgrim
  • Kyle Busch 10 of 12
    Kyle Busch
    Kyle can't turn right when he's on the oval, but his pink car is great at going left.
    Image Credit Insider Racing News
  • Zacharie 11 of 12
    Both of our sons wear pink, to be honest. Here's my oldest.
    Image Credit Carolyn Egerszegi. No use without permission.
  • Me 12 of 12
    Pink is the perfect backyard waterfight color.
    Image via Buzz Bishop. No use without permission.

We have come so far, our generation, yet we still have so much to learn. We are the sons and daughters of the mothers who rose up for equal rights between the genders. Yet we are the ones pigeon-holing our kids with the clothes they wear.

Pink ain’t nothing but a color.

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