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What is wrong with pink?

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strawberriesandmelon Sun 04-Mar-12 23:53:04

Of course, I know what is wrong with pink-itis... but how do I explain it to my 4 year old? Needless to say, all girls in her nursery wear almost exclusively pink and all toys in the girls section are pink. I don't want to be authoritarian and just ban the pink, so I thought it would be a good idea to explain to her, in a way she could understand, what is wrong with it. Any suggestions?

Trills Mon 19-Mar-12 15:42:52

Nothing is wrong with pink.

But nothing is wrong with blue or green or yellow or red or purple or orange either.

There is something wrong with pink being the only acceptable colour for girls.

Devora Mon 19-Mar-12 15:43:29

rubmeup - I'm a lesbian, and we have two children together.

kris - confused? Nah, my kids know what's what. It's the OTHER kids that are confused smile

outofthelight Mon 19-Mar-12 15:44:07

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rubmeup Mon 19-Mar-12 15:44:31

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WilfyFTM Mon 19-Mar-12 15:44:53

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JiroGym Mon 19-Mar-12 15:45:36

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Devora Mon 19-Mar-12 15:45:50

I did black and grey till my dd got to 3, then she rebelled. I thought she looked kind of sophisticated and French. She thought she looked like a spook.

kris12345678910 Mon 19-Mar-12 15:48:37

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tethersend Mon 19-Mar-12 15:49:07

out- it was; colours were more or less interchangeable, but pink was thought of as more masculine as it was closer to red. Some info here.

rubmeup Mon 19-Mar-12 15:49:22

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outofthelight Mon 19-Mar-12 15:50:21

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LucyManga Mon 19-Mar-12 15:50:54

I am a feminist and dnt mind my daughter indulging in a bit of pink - she chose a pink colour scheme when we recently did up her room, and she has loads of pink clothes. Its a nice colour :-) its the princess shit that I abhor, and the stupid bloody play hoovers, washing machines and prams all aimed at girls.

smearedinfood Mon 19-Mar-12 15:52:08

I have a DS and he has pink if he wants. A lot of the clothes meant for boys are dull coloured. I wish there was a happy medium. I don't remember so much pink when I was little but I had older brothers

JiroGym Mon 19-Mar-12 15:53:34

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LaineyPea Mon 19-Mar-12 15:54:20

All the pink plastic princessy crap in the shops makes me glad to have boys.

tethersend Mon 19-Mar-12 15:54:46

Laugh? I nearly did.

rubmeup Mon 19-Mar-12 15:55:08

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YouGoDuplo Mon 19-Mar-12 15:55:54

I'm hoping that balance is the answer the the pink problem. My eldest has a lot of pink stuff but mainly because if we go into a shop to buy a lunch box say, there are two options a blue one with a JCB on it or a pink one with a butterfly on it. She will choose the pink butterfly one, even though she prefers blue as a colour, because she doesn't like the JCB picture.

So I try to find the balance, when we see something we like in blue or green or red we normally get that rather than the pink version. The problem is that half the time pink seems to be the only option that isn't totally boyish.

And every time someone buys us something for her it is always pink. We now have a lot of pink.
I try to balance it out with train sets and garage and tool set and doctors kit which are less girly but the pink seems to seep into the house anyway!

Honeydragon Mon 19-Mar-12 16:00:22

Ds recently has developed pink ishoos again hmm

He fails to notice his Dad wears pink quite regularly, because it's normal and doesn't register on his radar. But what the other boys at school say does.

SardineQueen Mon 19-Mar-12 16:04:37

Where did the kids come from?

I think someone is on the wind-up.

rubmeup Mon 19-Mar-12 16:08:43

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kris12345678910 Mon 19-Mar-12 16:08:43

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YouGoDuplo Mon 19-Mar-12 16:10:58

Sometimes there is just no justice in the world....

rubmeup Mon 19-Mar-12 16:14:25

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Trills Mon 19-Mar-12 16:15:54

The stork of course

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