Julia Lipscombe: Blue Isn’s Just For Boys, And Pink Isn’s Just For Girls

Men's Desgin Aquabot Short Sleeve Tee ShirtJesse and Julia Lipscombe are seen with their son Indy at home in Edmonton on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Kucerak, Ian / Postmedia

Indy has a lot of blue clothes. Not because blue is for boys. But because I really like the colour navy.

Aside from those navy items I picked out (before I knew his sex, I might add), his clothing drawers look reasonably neutral. Some foxes and dinosaurs and one football, but nothing overly OY. /p>

Sadly, though, I could never find Indy anything I liked in colours such as purple and pink.

Pink is such a great colour. My husband Barbie pink LeBrons (his basketball shoes) are the best thing in his wardrobe, IMO.

But pink baby clothes come with ruffles and sparkles and sometimes the word 淧rincess on them.

And so, Indy got a lot of classic navy stuff.

Whoever decided that blue was for boys and pink was for girls, anyway?

Retailers, naturally. Just like De Beers genius ad campaign for diamond engagement rings created an unprecedented need for the recious and are stone, it was clothing manufacturers that decided to tell us what our children should wear.

An article on the Smithsonian.com recounts how baby colours were fluid at first. In 1927, Boston high-profile Filene clothing store recommended pink for little boys.

The Smithsonian piece also cites an article from a 1918 trade publication that said: he 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. /p>

Sounds ridiculous, right? Only as ridiculous as reserving pink for dainty little girls.

The article argues that manufacturers decided on blue for boys and pink for girls in the 1940s. For whatever reason that particular trend stuck, and was firmly re-established after pre-natal testing became popular in the 1980s. Once you knew what sex your kid was going to be, manufacturers of all things baby had entire furniture sets, clothing and toys in signature pink and blue for you to spend money on.

And yet, I’ wager that if you look into most adult women closets, you’ find as much blue (or more) than pink.

And why do they make pink clothing for my husband, Jesse, but not my nine- and seven-year-old step-sons? Is it because Jesse sexuality and manhood is established? What so threatening about a little boy in a pink T-shirt?

My friend Patricia has a six-year-old son, Leo, who adores purple and pink. Anyone who follows Patricia on Instagram knows the colour combo is truly his signature style. His clothing isn’s eminine (it would be fine if it was), it simply pink and purple.

She posted on Facebook a few weeks ago how frustrated she was with his lack of options.

get so worked up when I try and buy clothes for Leo Boys can express themselves in colours other than blue, green , orange and red! Also, they really do like things other than dinosaurs and trucks and airplanes! /p>

Jesse Lipscombe plays with his son Indy while they both wear pink at home in Edmonton on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Kucerak, Ian / Postmedia

The post sparked an onslaught of like-minded comments.

She elaborated with me later. e shop in the girls section. Leo knows this and doesn’s mind, but I get so angry. Also, the sayings on the boys clothing are all 楩ULL SPEED AHEAD or 楬ERE COMES TROUBLE, and the girls are sayings like WEET THING or RINCESS, Leo loves hearts! /p>

My kids babysitter, Jessica, works at a children clothing store. She tells me about parents who hold up navy onesies asking, s this for a girl or for a boy? /p>

If you can’s tell, isn’s the answer irrelevant?

hear that question about lots of items in the store, Jessica said. ometimes it neutral-coloured/patterned clothing like that; other times it obviously gendered clothing, like a shirt with a monster truck on it. My thinking is, f your daughter likes monster trucks, put it on her. Ta-dah! It a girl shirt. /p>

To that end, Patricia said it mostly parents who are hung up on Leo clothing.

t the adults, not the children, who comment on what Leo wears. Kids are very accepting. Adults always feel they have to comment if Leo is wearing pink sneakers or a heart sweatshirt As Leo says to me, eople should just wear want they want! /p>

There are some options out there for parents who don’s want hyper-gendered clothes.

I like Mini Mioche for great, unisex, neutral pieces.

Patricia likes Modern Rascals. Ultimately, though, she has trouble finding what she looking for, and is inspired to start her own clothing brand.

I not calling for mothers to rip the princess dresses from their daughters clutches. Or for boys to relinquish their camo and train motifs. Being into princesses and sparkles certainly doesn’s make a little girl any less strong, fierce or independent. Liking sports doesn’s mean a boy can’s be sensitive and creative.

I only advocating mindfulness: Why am I buying this? Does my daughter really need an entirely new wardrobe or can she wear some hand-me-downs from her big brother? Do I need a completely new crib set for my next child or does the retailer just want me to buy one? What the message I sending by dressing my sons in cars and trucks and my daughter in kittens and cupcakes?

And for crying out loud, why are heart motifs reserved for girls?

Any mother of sons knows that boys are just as overtly loving and affectionate as girls are (when and why that changes is a topic for another column). Reserving caring, tenderness and kindness for little girls does boys a disservice.

Two months ago, Indy finally met my close friend Jenn when we were in Ontario. She presented us with a gift. It was a onesie in the oh-so-perfect shade of salmon-pink.

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