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Why is the color pink associated with baby girls and blue with baby boys? Answered

I just came back from a baby shower and noticed all the pink how come we use blue for boys and pink for girls ?


It's not a short answer so go here and read for yourself.


8 years ago

Rebuttal to the previous answerer, from the Bad Science Blog:

There's actually a lot of evidence that historically the opposite was true.

Quote from the blog:

Back in the days when ladies had a home journal (in 1918) the Ladies Home Journal wrote: “There has been a great diversity of opinion on the subject, but the generally accepted rule is pink for the boy and blue for the girl. 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.”

I.E., societal and cultural forces are more at work here than "nature."

Hum Hum, that's not a dumb science blog, that's HowStuffWorks, the most awesome site in the world after this one.

Did you even read it? Sorry if facts are inconvenient...

And most of the "sources" sited in the HowStuffWorks article link back to the very same study critiqued on the Bad Science website. I.E.--that's "Bad Science" to site a single source multiple times (no matter how many websites referenced the study, it's still a single source with questionable methodology.)

What's interesting is that both articles use this website as a reference. I'll leave it to you to decide which POV that one supports...

Why ask the question at all, if you think you already know the answer?

Not my answer, the "Bad Scientist" link (and all the information on historical color preference which indicates that gender isn't the deciding factor.)

Anyways, getting "best answer" is not important in the least. Having the additional information here is what's important...