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Pink is for Boys by Joan Lennon


Don’t be silly, I hear you say – pink is for girls – everybody knows that!  Well, maybe, but it wasn’t always so.  Listen to this –

“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.”

That’s from an article in a 1918 magazine Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department – and there are loads more references to pink being a boy colour in the past.  Here are some paintings – see what I mean?


Queen Victoria and little Prince Arthur by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1850)


Young Boy with Whip by Anonymous American School Painting (1840)

  (Boys and girls used to be dressed the same, until at 4 or 5 years old, the boys were “breeched” – put into trousers)


  Detail from a painting by Pierre-Denis Martin of Louis XV as a child (18th century)(source:  AnticStore)

So who knows what the fashion will be 100 years from now?  Will we be saying “Pink is for elephants – everybody knows that!”?  What do you think?

2 thoughts on “Pink is for Boys by Joan Lennon

  1. Male prison dress in French speaking parts of Africa is often pink – it apparently comes from a tendency for the French to dress small boys in pink.

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