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    I'm not sure why, but I've been super aware of the colors of my Little items in relation to gender norms, even when I regress. I just bought a new (totally awesome!) Nuk sippy cup that's blue with elephants on it! But there seems to be some part of me that says blue is for boys, and as a little girl I need pink and stuff. I like pink, don't get me wrong, but I also love blue and green too!
    Anybody else find this, even occasionally, or is this just my crazy brain again? Hahaha

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    It took me a while go get past gendered colors, but I have pretty well done it now. I have 3 pink cloth diapers, and a fluttershy stuffed animal and t shirt. I am a boy, and consider myself the same, but dang, I just enjoy myself some pink stuff, I just find it cute. I think that it is normal to have issues with having things that don't match your gender colors, but in all reality, it is most natural to not gender a color, since gendered colors are actually a result of socialization. I think it would be good for you to pick whatever color you like, and stick with it.

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    Actually the colors used to be reversed. Blue was for girls and pink was for boys. I'd have to look, but I am not sure why it was switched.

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    Gender norms limit people. I love purples n pinks and I don't see anything wrong with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oceltot View Post
    Actually the colors used to be reversed. Blue was for girls and pink was for boys. I'd have to look, but I am not sure why it was switched.
    Woah, crazy, I found a quote on it.



    For example, a June 1918 article from the trade publication Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department wrote, "The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. 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." Other sources said blue was flattering for blonds, pink for brunettes; or blue was for blue-eyed babies, pink for brown-eyed babies, according to Paoletti.
    http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672751/...ender-specific

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oceltot View Post
    Actually the colors used to be reversed. Blue was for girls and pink was for boys.
    Yes. This stereotypical colour assignment could've also ended the other way around. Funnily, besides what Tyger already quoted, it's kind of unknown too why it ended up the way it is now. The coulors have simply been defined like this one day in a children's clothing company, so it says the myth. And everyone did just follow this convention.

    Doesn't matter that much however. Stastically, among favourite colours of boys is namely red and pink as often as blue and green for girls.

    I like white and purple the most. I loved orange, besides white, the most as a child, but it's somehow hardly suitable these days. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oceltot View Post
    Actually the colors used to be reversed. Blue was for girls and pink was for boys. I'd have to look, but I am not sure why it was switched.
    Ohh yeah, I remember seeing that in one of those random fact / TIL things.

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    Gender colors are a pretty interesting phenomenon. I'm a guy and blue has been my favorite color my whole life. Although I only realized it was my favorite color within the past year. I have no idea whether it's actually my favorite or if I've been indoctrinated, lol. I like pink (and most colors for that matter), but it's just a little too bright for my tastes.

    As far as little me goes, I prefer the same colors.

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    Big me loves any colors. I'm female and appreciate any colors respectively. My favorite color is pink, however and it comes out in both little and big mes. But... When I'm little I'm very gendered in the colors I play with or wear. My friend wanted to buy me a blue sippy cup and I was surprised when I exclaimed, "blue is for boys!" I think it comes from the way I raised. I was raised in a very gendered household and I think my little side still believes that to be a reality. I want to get more blue toys/bottles but just like any kid I always use my favorites which tend to be pink

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    I can't find my source at the moment, but my understanding is that the pink is for girls shift happened during the 1930s and 1940s as a combination of new marketing by companies and consumer trends toward buying pink for girls. Or, in other words, people tried putting out pink for girls, parents bought it in large numbers, and it stuck.

    Personally, I really like purple (it's my favorite color), but I don't much like pink or light blue. Navy blue is great though.

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