Pink, It’s Only a Colour

 

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Ok. Today’s post is more of a rant so I thought I’d just let you know now before you start reading.

Yesterday while enjoying some time at a friend’s BBQ someone noticed that Elliott’s toenails were painted pink (well they were red to be exact). ‘Oh my gosh, who painted Elliott’s toes pink’?  I heard from across the yard. ‘I did’ I said. When I was painting my toenails last weekend, Elliott wanted to have his done too and so without question or thought, I painted them for him.

And then the questions kept coming ‘Do other boys have their toenails painted pink at Elliott’s daycare? What do they say?’ ‘Well, I don’t know’ I replied. ‘I don’t really look and actually, I don’t really care.’ I just couldn’t believe the questions that were being asked about a bloody colour of nail polish on my son’s toes.

That’s what it is, it’s a colour, just like blue, green or purple, pink is a colour (although I’ll say it again, it was red). I asked these same people if they were therefore against boys playing with dolls and pushing prams and I didn’t get much of a response.

If you ask Elliott what his favourite colour is at the moment, guess what it is? PINK. That’s right. And for the people so against little boys wearing pink, playing with things that are pink, or dolls or prams, what are you going to tell a little boy that loves pink and doesn’t know the difference between green and pink other than that they are different colours?

I think it’s really unfair that because of a parents perception of the whole stereotypical argument of pink and blue, that a child isn’t able to make their own choices or potentially be ridiculed for it. There’s no doubt that there will be children at kindergarten and school as Elliott grows older that have had the whole ‘blue for boys and pink for girls’ scenario drilled into their heads and I feel sorry for them. All I can do as Elliott’s mum is continue with our acceptance of the colour (I can’t believe I’m arguing about a colour) refrain from the stereotyping bullshit and let Elliott make his own decision when he comes to it. I really hope that he’s one of those men that can proudly wear a pink shirt because it’s a nice colour.

 

Rant Over. Thank you for listening.

 

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. February 17, 2015 / 7:45 am

    My son is wearing orange nail polish today. He saw me painting mine and wanted them done too. I think this has more to do with boys wearing nail polish at all, and the colour it is just adds another nail in the coffin to people who are against it. I have an older friend who said he was going to buy Charlie a toy gun when he found out he got his first doll. Mind sets need to change. Gender stereotypes can go when it comes to little kiddies. Poor things don’t care and just want to have fun.

  2. February 17, 2015 / 9:29 am

    I’ve written about this heaps, I always paint the boys’ toes, they love it and usually get pink, purple or whatever. I tell my boys there is no such thing as a ‘girl colour’ – society needs to buck its ideas up!

  3. Ingrid - fabulous and fun life
    February 17, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    Pink shirts look hot on men! I love the type of man who will wear a pink shirt.
    Interestingly enough pink used to be considered to be a boy colour and then along the way through the ages it got changed to being considered a girl colour. Me, I agree with you, there should be no such thing as boy colours and girl colours. They are just colours people!

  4. February 17, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    It’s such a joke, isn’t it. Who cares! I think it’s wrong for people to judge kids and expect them to like the ‘girls’ colours or ‘boys’ colours. And on the other hand, I feel pressure about the fact that my girls wear a shitload of pink because then people from the other side of the fence wonder why I’m pushing the pink stereotype on my girls. The reason they have a shitload of pink is because that’s the colour that Punky likes best, and by default Zee wears the hand-me-downs. When Punky was younger I dressed her in all different colours and often looked in the boys section for clothes for her because there tends to be a better range of t-shirts and jumpers in terms of colours and designs. As she gets older I let her make her own choices in regards to colour and I don’t give a fig what colour she chooses. If we were to have another child and it was a boy then he would wear a shitload of pink too and most definitely have his nails painted any colour he wanted, if that’s what he wanted. So over gender stereotyping bullshit. Let kids be kids and like what they want, no matter their gender or the type/colour of toy/clothes/nail polish!

  5. February 17, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    I agree with this 110%! I need say no more.

  6. Trudi
    February 17, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    I let my son paint his toes and wear dresses when he was two and he’s fine. If you don’t let them play how they want and play with a variety of toys then they turn into male chauvinist pigs(IMO).

  7. February 17, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    I will never forget when my son was 4, his (female) cousin received a dolls house for her birthday. My goodness, he thought it was the best thing ever! And yes, I may have painted his nails a time or two. It’s natural for kids – boys or girls – to want to do/try whatever mum is doing. My son also went through a mad keen beading and scrapbooking stage when I did, too!

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT x

  8. February 18, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    Well-ranted Eva – if Elliot had a big sister he would be up for the full make-up treatment too like Little Yang gets from Miss Yin. All good fun.

  9. February 18, 2015 / 1:38 pm

    My aunty painted Hugh’s toenails whilst she did hers on Boxing Day. The colour stayed on over the entire summer and I think finally the last splat has grown out. He loved it and thats all that matters. Its only nail polish for goodness sakes. Its only a colour. My hubby was a little bit funny about it initially and had to comment of course, but it didn’t bother him. He wears pink tees and has a floral patterned shirt and looks the bomb in it!!