June 23rd is National Pink Day, a day to enjoy the beautiful, feminine glow of the color pink. Whether you’re passionate about the battle against breast cancer, or partial to pink lemonade, pink clothing, or the Pink Panther, today is the day to celebrate “the color of love.” Surprisingly, the feminization of the color pink in Wester culture evolved very recently, during the last century. An article written about baby clothes in the 1920s said that “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.” This convention changed in the 1940s and the reverse has remained true ever since. In fact, the blue-boy/pink-girl association has become so strong, it’s actually difficult to find unisex infant clothing!
I’ve never considered myself a girlie-girl. Sure, I wear makeup and occasionally sport a skirt…but I only wear high-heels once or twice a year and I’ve been known to belch as loud as any man around. Let’s face it: society is changing, and in today’s progressive climate gender roles are changing too. They have to. Since I’ve always considered myself as sort of a tomboy, this morning I was surprised to see so many pink articles when I entered my closet — a pink hoodie, several pink shirts and tanktops, a pink hat, and a pink headband. I’d never noticed, but perhaps I actually like the color pink (even though I spend so much time insisting it doesn’t look right on me because of my super-pale complexion).
To celebrate National Pink Day I donned a pink outfit: my pink hoodie, a pink and white striped shirt, and pink Puma sneakers. This is a pretty typical outfit for me, considering our office’s current casual dress policy. And I’m glad I got to dress for comfort since today was a hectic day, quickly consumed by a large project with an impending deadline. Now that I’m home and bedtime is approaching, I’m thinking about changing into my pajamas, which also happen to be pink. And I think I’ll lay out tomorrow’s outfit too — a black and white tank top with a bright pink wrap over it! I always feel like I a french mime when I wear it.