” Blue for the babyboy, Pink for the babygirl. “
Discrimination on the basis of colours regarding gender prejudices is being followed from a long time and continues to take place even today. The prominent line drawn in between the distribution of pink, red, orange, and blue, grey, brown has settled the rust of judgement in people’s mind and hence, in return, is faced by the ones who dare to step out in the crowd and break the stigma. From a very tender age, we are taught about the colours we are supposed to wear or choose, being a boy or a girl.
Shades like teal blue, grey, brown or even grey has always been considered masculine and are compared with the male category, whereas colours like pink, red, orange, yellow or green are said to be feminine colours for their soft and bright textures. However, this discrimination regarding colour differentiation would only flip around and take a new avatar when we start to dare and challenge such social stigmas.
Brown has always been considered to be a sophisticated, manly colour. Apparently, there is no rule book or fashion commitments which states the colour is not for the opposite sex, yet the sight of women wearing brown is rare in day to day lives.
Another shade which is quite known for setting up colour stereotypes is the shade, Pink. Admit it, every man has heard the statement, ‘pink looks girlish on you’ atleast once in his life and honestly, such barbs deserve a revert.
The colour Blue defines elegance and is a beautiful shade in itself. While growing up, we all must have heard how it is a shade made for boys, and not for girls. Meanwhile as we grew up, the the fact that all the colours are meant for all of us made us realize the truth.
Grey becomes boring when worn by a women, and classy when worn by a man. It is a statement of no doubt that we live in a society whose roots are engraved in hypocrisy. This monotonous, dull yet smart colour gets critiques from all around and looks good on everyone, nonetheless.
Let’s face it, our society can not accept men in bright or multi colours! The so called portrayed definition of masculinity indicates that men would rather be men in dull and monotone colours rather than bright and ‘feminine’ colours! Perhaps too much of bright might make them less of a man.
The fact that we are facing such social inequalities in twenty first century is very despairing in itself. Shedding a little light to the matter and magnifying such issues would solve the inequalities, and rectify the root problems to avoid any further damage or bigger consequences. To bring in the solution, we must break our narrow and concise thought procedures and do not wait for someone to take an action or bring in the change. Instead, we must be the change that we want to see in this world.