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to think in this day and age boys should be able to wear pink without having the piss ripped out of them?

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OwlLady Fri 16-Nov-12 16:21:27

I sent my poor son into school in a pink t-shirt today

he is 5

he said everyone except someone called George made fun of him and said he was wearing a girls t-shirt shock

I am a bit taken aback people still do this idle stereotyping, especially at 4 and 5 yo <sniff>

WorraLiberty Fri 16-Nov-12 16:23:42


Lots of men and boys wear pink shirts here

And if you look at most Premiership footballers nowadays, their football boots are bright pink or orange.

DIYapprentice Fri 16-Nov-12 16:24:20

Didn't think you could buy boy's t-shirts in pink for this age. So technically you probably did buy him a girl's one!

Silly though, isn't it? My DS would love to wear pink but I would feel bad putting him in it because of this very reason.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Fri 16-Nov-12 16:24:32

I think 4 and 5 years old is probably the worst time for it tbh.

Younger than that and they would barely notice, older than that and a boy in a pink shirt is being fashionable. I see boys and young men in pink shirts fairly often, don't assume it never happens, it does.

MrsTerryPratchett Fri 16-Nov-12 16:25:08

A friend of mine's little boy got this for wearing a Star Wars shirt that included the whole cast... which has a GIRL, Princess Leia. He got shit the whole day for having a girl on his T-shirt. It's so sad. Sad for the boy and sad that little boys are taught that anything that is a 'girls' thing is bad.

CindySherman Fri 16-Nov-12 16:27:43

So sad

TantrumsAndBalloons Fri 16-Nov-12 16:29:05

It must get better as they get older then, ds age 13 has pink and black footie boots, pink astro turf boots and a couple of pink shirts.

No one says anything to him.

valiumredhead Fri 16-Nov-12 16:34:58

My dh has lots of pink shirts for work - he looks fab in them grin

OddBoots Fri 16-Nov-12 16:37:38

It does get better as they get older, it's more the black and why thinking of young children. I've seen several children genuinely flummoxed by girls with short hair (and boys with long hair) because they haven't learned to look beyond simplistic clues.

OwlLady Fri 16-Nov-12 16:37:57

It is a boys t-shirt, infact he has two pink ones and they are his favourites.

tantrums, my older boy is 11 and often wears pink and he doesn't seem to be called a girl!

MrsTerryPratchett , that's what I think it's as though feminine= bad

mignonette Fri 16-Nov-12 16:39:56

My son (now aged 18) has always worn pink and it really suits him-all shades. It depends, I guess what is worn with it, the attitude, body shape and surroundings. He's never had a problem.

crazygracieuk Fri 16-Nov-12 16:40:01

It gets better. By 11, boys start wearing pink again as they realise that it's just a colour.

A pink t-shirt in 4-5 probably was a girl's one. In the shops I see every colour bar pink in the boys section.

Twinklestarstwinklestars Fri 16-Nov-12 16:40:16

Both my ds' (aged 2 and 7) have a couple of pink ones each.

Hope he's ok, no ones ever mentioned either wearing pink other than to say it suits them.

crazygracieuk Fri 16-Nov-12 16:42:18

Forget that I said the t-shirt must have been for girls. You obviously know best,

It is fine for 11 year old boys to wear pink. My son and his friends have started to in y5/6.

stinkinseamonkey Fri 16-Nov-12 16:43:19

how is a teeshirt a "girls teeshirt", kids have the same shape before puberty, surely they'll all cut from the same template? (unless they have frilly sleeves and "I'm a girly girl girl" written in sparkly squiggly writting across the front)

yeah it's bonkers! DH looks great in pink shirts, I ming in pink! DS is adorable in everything IMO grin

OpheliaPayneAgain Fri 16-Nov-12 16:49:38

Pink is the new black - DS1 (17) only wears pink

OwlLady Fri 16-Nov-12 16:51:56

twinkle, he is fine smile he is still wearing it now but he is a very robust third child <stereotypeswink>

OddBoots Fri 16-Nov-12 18:02:13

stinkinseamonkey even at that age I was surprised that some of dd's t-shirts had been cut with a slightly narrower waist than chest and hips. It actually suited her as she is a little rake and goes in where there is no bone but it's baffling for most.

WiseKneeHair Fri 16-Nov-12 18:06:49

Agree that 5 is about the worse age. Ds1 is 10 and has been happily wearing pink for about a year after a four or five year hiatus.

Everlong Fri 16-Nov-12 18:17:57

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80sMum Fri 16-Nov-12 18:20:56

It's interesting that pink is so strongly associated with girls, when originally it was deemed to be a male colour. Blue was originally deemed a feminine colour!

nokidshere Fri 16-Nov-12 18:22:34

Pink is in here! lots of boys have pink tops and shirts and no-one (as far as I know) bats an eyelid! Pink football boots are pretty much all the rage at the moment too - those and flourescent orange ones!

Mrsjay Fri 16-Nov-12 18:24:01

lots of boys wear pink t shirts round here and polo shirts i think the wee boy is at that age where his parents are still doing pink for girls blue for boys hmm but by the time they grow up a bit and choose their own clothes boys wear all sorts of pastel colours,

NoraGainesborough Fri 16-Nov-12 18:25:01

I know loads of men/boy that wear pink.

I have never heard any of them get any crap for it.

Mrsjay Fri 16-Nov-12 18:25:37

I think 4 and 5 years old is probably the worst time for it tbh.

yes you are right it is usually when they are identifying as being boy or girl and perhaps have a parent who is quite macho or femminne ( spelling) IYSWIM

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