Stray Thoughts · Writing

Why Blue is for Boys

It’s become fairly common knowledge in the past few months that previous to WWI, boys were dressed in pink clothes and girls wore blue. This has given rise once again to the great baby clothing color debate. I’m here to shut it down, and answer the question once and for all – why blue is for boys.

Blue is for boys, it represents clear skies and placid seas. They dream of being pirates and sea captains and scuba divers, so they need blue.

Blue is also for girls, because it represents clear skies and placid seas. They dream of being pirates and sea captains and scuba divers, so they need blue.

Yep, it turns out girls are also people. And just like tiny boy people, they need the stimulation in their brains that color provides to all developing infants. It turns out colors are, in fact, only given connotations because we place them there.

In the well-circulated posts about previous baby colors it turns out the rational for pink for boys was in that red was for men – that’s right, the most popular color of lipstick that women wear was a manly color – and pink was a light red, and therefore a boy’s color. Girls wore blue because it was the color of the virgin Mary, and was therefore considered a very feminine color.

The moral of the story? Let the women in your lives dress their babies however they like, don’t be an asshole, and don’t push shit on kids that they could care less about. I am so tired of hearing people whining about what a child is wearing, IN FRONT OF A CHILD. Even babies sense how you feel, no matter if they understand what you are saying or not. Toddlers and older children are very aware when they are being insulted or criticized.

They don’t know what you think the colors mean, and they don’t care. Girls like dinosaurs, monsters and knights, boys like fairies and unicorns and whatever hearts, and there is nothing wrong with any of it.

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