Does Color Have a Gender?


Carmen Canals, Staff Writer

Now a days, certain colors “belong” to certain genders, blue being for boys and pink being for girls. An example of these gender norms being shown in society are baby showers. Due to these norms, some people think that boys wearing “feminine colors” like pink and purple is part of a gay movement.

However, the norm was not always blue for boys and pink for girls. Before the 1950s, pink used to be associated with boys and blue used to be associated with girls. The reason for this was because pink is a color closely related to red, which is a strong bold color and blue used to be viewed as a delicate color because the Virgin Mary is typically seen wearing blue robes.

One of the biggest reasons that the colors switched genders during the 1950s is because of World War two. During WW2, the Nazis would label gay people in concentration camps with a pink triangle. Gay people being marked with the pink triangle led to a bad stigma around the color pink, which is why the color pink is now seen as a delicate feminine color.

However, recently the color pink has been trending on guys, demonstrating how society has been evolving and changing over time.