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Pink Power

another blog about Hello Kitty and the power of pink, cute and being nice

Author: bbegirl

The Science of Pink

Posted by bbegirl Tuesday August 5 2008 at 4:18AM
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I will preface this by saying I do not agree with this article, but it is interesting to read anyway, it goes something like this:

The idea that little girls like everything in pink while little boys prefer blue appears to have a scientific basis according to a study showing that a person's colour preference depends largely on their sex.

To quote:

However, early human societies almost certainly engaged in a division of labour between the sexes, with men travelling long distances to hunt wild game. Women, meanwhile, foraged locally for fruit and berries.

Dr Hurlbert suggests that this division of labour may be at the root of why girls now prefer pink.

"Evolution may have driven females to prefer reddish colours - reddish fruits, healthy, reddish faces. Culture may exploit and compound this natural female preference,"

The full article is here.

So girls like Pink because our ancestors picked berries, hmmm. So when "Men" were out slaughtering animals for food and saw red blood, why don't they like red and pink either? How come girls wear all sorts of colors not just pink and I like pink but that's as silly as saying men like blue because of what..they sky? As if girls don't look at the sky....

I will remind everyone here that it is not that long ago that the Gender wars had boys supposedly better at Math than women, well this is now proven wrong despite the old "genetics" and "nature" arguments that appear to suit a male audience.

Perhaps to drive home this point, the super hero we all needed for Hello Kitty Online! Isn't he great! He will come to save the day, and he wears Pink with Pride!

HKO Super Man

Death1942 writes:

lol great pic

Tue Aug 05 2008 5:16AM Report
Kyleran writes:

I have to agree...that article sounds like someone wasted some grant money studying something useless, and coming up with an even more useless conclusion.

Cultural influences determine preferences, men generally don't like pink because we are raised not to like it.  Same reason why Asians can eat some seafood that most of us stateside find repugnant to even smell, much less consider eating. (how's dog brain soup sound to you?  or candied scorpians?  all viable food choices in China, but unthinkable to most of us here)

 

Tue Aug 05 2008 5:39AM Report
yingdong writes:

I've seen this pic before, love your pinked  up one in your other blog, the more shiny one! you should post it here too!

Tue Aug 05 2008 6:13AM Report
Ascension08 writes:

Eww pink with dark red? No thanks. At least have some more damn color Hello Kitty Man.

Also I read that article, it was laughable at best.

Tue Aug 05 2008 7:26AM Report
streea writes:

What an absolutely horrible article (not yours, the one you linked). That's about as logical as the thought that women shouldn't be in active combat because they don't handle the sight of blood as good as men do (uh, hello... 3-7 days every month).

Plus, a lot of things you shouldn't eat are red. And blue for that matter...

Like Kyleran said, it's cultural why SOME girls like pink.

Tue Aug 05 2008 11:40AM Report
zymurgeist writes:

According to Jean Heifetz, for centuries, all European children were dressed in blue because the color was associated with the Virgin Mary. The use of pink and blue emerged at the turn of the century, the rule being pink for boys, blue for girls. Since pink was a stronger color it was best suited for boys; blue was more delicate and dainty and best for girls. And in 1921, the Women's Institute for Domestic Science in Pennsylvania endorsed pink for boys, blue for girls. (When Blue Meant Yellow. pp. 20 -21)

 

Tue Aug 05 2008 10:55PM Report
bbegirl writes:

pink for boys? really?

Wed Aug 06 2008 5:51PM Report
bbegirl writes:

I posted a follow up on this, fascinating, thanks for the tip Zymur!

Wed Aug 06 2008 6:00PM Report

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