Dec 14, Are girls really born with a desire to dress in pink and play with dolls while boys favour blue clothing and prefer to play with cars? And if not, why have these ideas become so ingrained in many countries that they are taken for granted?
To start off, the color blue has deep biblical roots in the Old Testament. According to Dr. Jared Staudtthe color is specifically mentioned as the color of the people of Israel in the book of Numbers.
Was pink for boys and blue for girls ever the rule? A correspondent writes: I'm a little curious as to why you chose pink instead of blue for your site's main color. This was how it was in Europe for thousands of years until Hitler used pink for homosexuals in the holocaust, at which point the colours' genders switched.
Why is the Virgin Mary usually portrayed wearing the color blue? Why blues appear vibrant and glowing in dimly lit spaces. Jim Wick: What a superb question,!
To avoid that awkward moment, we often look for the universal clue — a splattering of pink for a girl, or blue for a boy. Back then, pink was a particularly treasured dye and pink cloth was often used as the first prize in horse races. And because it was expensive, pink was used by the male elite.
One of our guides was in church one day, when a group of tourists arrived and gathered around this painting nearby. It was impossible not to overhear every word that this guide told the people in the group. Just look at the expressive features on the faces of everyone present, and the submission of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
Any expectant mother or father these days is doubtless aware that items designed for baby girls are commonly pink, and those meant for baby boys are blue. As recently as the early s, pink was seen by many as a color that went better with boys, and blue as a color that went better with girls. Above: Which is more manly? 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.
Business Insider spoke to writer, lecturer, and colour expert Gavin Evans about the reversal of pink and blue on traditional gender roles. Blue in parts of Europe, at least, had long been associated as a feminine colour because of the supposed colour of the Virgin Mary's outfit. So it gradually started to change however in the midth Century and eventually by aboutthere was a huge advertising campaign by several advertising agencies pushing pink as an exclusively feminine colour and the change came very quickly at that point.
Colour expert and lecturer Gavin Evans told Business Insider that there were adverts in the late 19 th century and early 20 th century telling mothers to dress their baby boys in pink if they wanted them to grow up masculine, and to dress their daughters in blue if they wanted them to be feminine. This was advice that was very widely dispensed with and there were some reasons for this. It gradually started to change however in the midth Century and eventually by aboutthere was a huge advertising campaign by several advertising agencies pushing pink as an exclusively feminine colour and the change came very quickly at that point.