In the pink

The pink onsie

The boy-child; healthy, happy and rocking the pink onesie. Image; Su Leslie 1998

Don’t you love looking at old photos of your kids?

I remember taking this shot, and more particularly remember my mother’s reaction to me dressing her grandson in pink (and lavender, lime green, red …)

That was over 20 years ago, and I had thought such outdated notions of gender-based clothing (not to mention toys, games, behaviors, etc) was steadily being consigned to the dustbin of history. Then last week I had a conversation with my sister in law about how her mother complains that my four year old niece is always dressed “like a boy” — in blue!

Sigh.

Posted to the Ragtag Daily Prompt | pink

32 thoughts on “In the pink

  1. How quickly time flies and gender based color still persists! Heck Garfield is to me a tom cat as Jim Davis drew him but there are some who feel he is a ‘she’! Even my inanimate furball is facing it. I, Garfield Hug am feme as I hug Garfields haha! Your son is so cute but now is a handsome lad👍😃

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    • 😀 The thing I noticed when the boy was little, is that boys seemed to me e more “gendered” than girls. Perhaps it’s because they had the best, most fun touts and the girls wanted to play with them. But while the little girls at Playcentre would try anything, the boys monopolised the sandpit and big outdoor toys and generally avoided the craft stuff. In that environment, I don’t think it was parental influence — we had a strong gender-neutral philosophy — but it seemed to happen “naturally.”

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  2. Ha, history repeating itself…. I was of the daring kind, wild colours and materials.
    My son, now 41, wears dark blue, dark grey and black….. Was it his shocking mother? We will never know. 😉

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  3. What a cute baby.. look at those HUGE beautiful eyes! Pink, blue, yellow, it shouldn’t matter at all. You son DID rock pink!
    My son commandeered his big sisters toy pram and one of her only dolls was inside. Ok, I thought, he’s going to play dolls. Nope… the pram was turned into a drag racing machine and the doll got flung out at the first tight corner turn. All that interested him about the pram was that it had wheels.

    Nurture certainly didn’t define him in any way but Nature seems to have stuck to the stereotype. Oh well, we at least tried.

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    • I noticed that too when the boy-child was little. We scrupulously avoided giving him the obvious “boy” toys, but he had a similar obsession with wheels and racing. Not guns though — for which I was grateful.

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  4. Oh my goodness, that photo is gorgeous! I recently watched some video footage of my kids and I couldn’t get over how damn cute my middle one was at 3. And then I felt sad that I didn’t appreciate it enough at the time because I was just trying to survive.

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  5. Such a lovely photo! I went through some old photos a few months ago which always makes me a bit nostalgic.
    It’s odd that gender colouring should still be thing today… My granny was shocked when my mum let me wear black t-shirts and such. 😄
    Did you know that little boys were usually dressed in pink before WWI? That’s because it was seen as the little sister of red which of course is a colour regarded to power and wealth. Girls got to wear baby blue. This however changed after the war.

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