Pink & Blue…

Once during a team-building-outing a girl from another team that I didn’t know, said, since she didn’t know me, she would ask me a few questions. And the first question was: what’s your favourite colour? I often laugh over this incident. What could my colour preference tell her really? Did she believe in what colours supposedly signified: black’s for mystery, blue for love, purple- change, orange- me.


//Digression: While, in my over excitement, I do tend to share my likes and at times force people (esp ma) to read the book I liked, or see the movie I liked, I don’t really judge people on their likes. I draw a line, however, when they say their favourite books are written by Chetan Bhagat. That just tells me, they don’t read so much (and I think that’s a fair assumption?). But having said that, few people really read these days, so perhaps this isn’t bad either. I saw a girl reading a book titled: “She broke up; I didn’t. I just kissed someone else”. Maybe I’ve always been too old fashioned to relate to it. //End of digression

Your favourite colour should be pink if you’re a girl and blue if a boy baffles me. Because I believe now, it has moved beyond the marketing gimmick it was (perhaps) meant to be. I’ve always felt assigning colours to genders is weird. I don’t quite get convinced when all baby girls in my family tend to have their favourite colour listed as pink. How did they get so stereotypical? Who told them girls are supposed to like pink? In fact, historically, it was quite *not* the same. Since btw,

Pink was once a color associated with masculinity, considered to be a watered down red and held the power associated with that color. In 1914, The Sunday Sentinel, an American newspaper, advised mothers to ‘use pink for the boy and blue for the girl, if you are a follower of convention.’ The change to pink for girls and blue for boys happened in America and elsewhere only after World War II.

[Here’s JeongMee Yoon’s pink & blue project], and here more.

Outside of blue and pink ;

  • A woman wearing black implies submission to men. Ha! LBD! 🙂
  • Weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms. Explains why the Samoa team wearing blue was winning medals!
  • People lose their tempers more often in yellow. I’ve had several yellow seasons. Explains everything!
  • Green is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision. Unfair world.

PS: Of course wearing a pink bow hairband to office always feels good 😉 


13 comments
  1. I dont know if its fair, but i do get a little irritated when people say their favourite hobby is reading and all they’ve read is chetan bhagat or the likes of it… I try not to judge but i can’t help it!

    And colour associations? Hmm.. Mine keeps changing according to my mood. Black has always been a favourite though. And i’ve never liked pink for some strange reason!

  2. reading chetan bhagat – definitely that person has limited interest in english literature…..and i do judge people on this!!!!

    color…some of the stuff i agree…like green is soothing!!!

  3. Neha- bah! I never associate pink w you. you’re always red! 🙂

    Dushyant- I didn’t think double negatives were so hard to read…besides it’s yellow!

    Y- hehe but I am equally random about things and I really think perhaps I believe in the rainbow (though I do like oranges/ yellows and black/whites…)

  4. well u said about judging people who read C Bag…sic ‘I draw a line, however, when they say their favourite books are written by Chetan Bhagat. That just tells me, they don’t read so much (and I think that’s a fair assumption?)’

  5. This post is evoking a lot of validations from me! 😀
    I read (have and not found it great :P) C.B. (C bag in one of the comments sounds perfect!).
    I have various shades of pink (acquired over years).
    I was wearing yellow today.
    I love all blue/green hues.
    And since I became color conscious when I cant decide what I am feeling I go for black or white.

    Well, what random comment!

  6. I don’t disagree with the blatant gender allocation with Blue and Pink. But I do think your favorite colors indicate some of your personality. And perhaps even the school you went too 😉

    Maize and Blue
    Such awesome hues!

  7. And if you are a girl, who loathes pink or anything in it… you are termed as a “Rebel” :p 😛
    I love that!! 😀 😉
    And yes, other wise red and black have something fiery about them that i like.. Don’t know if those are even valid associations!!

  8. Tanvi- Good to have u back here! 🙂 I don’t know if these colour theories are true, everyone has their own interpretations, and *hence* it’s weird to have associations with gender 🙂 I think I’m still in love with yellow 😉 and yeah maybe that girl knew all of this before 😀

    DL- Did I ever say I was born in ol’ Paris in the 20s? 🙂

  9. why what’s with the elitist attitude towards C Bag ? The man is to literature what Himesh is to music or Mc Donalds is to food !

  10. I didn’t know about all those color-significance … Ha! NO wonder I do not wear black that often … though I might think twice before wearing yellow though!!!

    Really weird that … that girls asked your color preference as a meant to know you! 😛

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