If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Chicago Trib)   Mother freaks out because her daughter asked Santa Claus for a blue bicycle. "She's a girl. She should want pink"   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 238
    More: Fail, blue bike  
•       •       •

9162 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Dec 2013 at 4:30 PM (16 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



238 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | » | Last | Show all
 
2013-12-25 12:12:41 PM
Who knows? Maybe she'll be interested in plaid next...

i39.tinypic.com
 
2013-12-25 12:27:37 PM
Gender stereotypes exist for a reason. Like most stereotypes, they have enough truth to be a good rule of thumb when taken with a rather large grain of salt. By and large, little girls will in fact trend towards pink at a certain age. They just like it.

But, as with all rules of thumb, the rule is exceptions. So when your daughter likes blue, who the hell cares? Get her something blue.
 
2013-12-25 12:31:07 PM

doglover: Gender stereotypes exist for a reason. Like most stereotypes, they have enough truth to be a good rule of thumb when taken with a rather large grain of salt. By and large, little girls will in fact trend towards pink at a certain age. They just like it.


Actually
 
2013-12-25 12:42:09 PM

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Actually


Actually what? That's not even a sentence fragment.
 
2013-12-25 12:44:52 PM
First world problems.
 
2013-12-25 12:45:57 PM

doglover: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Actually

Actually what? That's not even a sentence fragment.


See how that word is blue? That's called a link.
 
2013-12-25 12:46:38 PM

doglover: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Actually

Actually what? That's not even a sentence fragment.


Actually girls trending towards pink is a relatively new and localized event that is driven entirely by social cues, the stereotype exists, among other reasons, because it is self reinforcing because it encourages people to insist that girls like pink and punish them if they don't so therefore girls will trend towards pink.
 
2013-12-25 12:51:44 PM

TheOmni: Actually girls trending towards pink is a relatively new and localized event


img180.imageshack.us

"深刻どうかわからない"

/that's actually not how you say that in Japanese, but it will work in Google Translate.
 
2013-12-25 01:01:03 PM
Why would she evn need a bicycle? She can't ride it in the kitchen.
 
2013-12-25 01:09:33 PM
Is she getting a fish to go with that bike?
 
2013-12-25 01:19:45 PM
Don't forget to teach her about people colors next you dumb broad.
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2013-12-25 01:20:30 PM

doglover: Gender stereotypes exist for a reason. Like most stereotypes, they have enough truth to be a good rule of thumb when taken with a rather large grain of salt. By and large, little girls will in fact trend towards pink at a certain age. They just like it.


I have no scientific proof of this, but don't you think they gravitate towards pink stuff because most of their toys are made in pink?  I work with a lot of young girls, and honestly, only 2-3 of them are really into pink stuff (out of about 25).  They wear pink clothes, but they do so because that is the clothes their mothers buy because girls clothes usually have pink or purple in them.

Of course, each kid is different, but let's not say "pink is for girls and blue is for boys" because that is just stupid.  Don't tell kids "pink is for girls" and you won't have boys associating it with negative traits, and don't tell kids "blue is for boys" and you won't have girls associating it with a "that's off limit for us" mentality.
 
2013-12-25 01:28:36 PM

MBK: don't you think they gravitate towards pink stuff because most of their toys are made in pink?


No. I think they gravitate towards pink because flowers come in many shades of pink and culturally women identify more with flowers because they have a shelf life and thus they impress this metaphor on their children who embrace it unthinkingly because it's worked into the language itself at this point.

But again, large grain of salt. Your kid wants a bike? Get them the bike they want, unless it's got tassels. Man, fark tassels. That shiat's dangerous.
 
2013-12-25 01:35:45 PM

MBK: doglover: Gender stereotypes exist for a reason. Like most stereotypes, they have enough truth to be a good rule of thumb when taken with a rather large grain of salt. By and large, little girls will in fact trend towards pink at a certain age. They just like it.

I have no scientific proof of this, but don't you think they gravitate towards pink stuff because most of their toys are made in pink?  I work with a lot of young girls, and honestly, only 2-3 of them are really into pink stuff (out of about 25).  They wear pink clothes, but they do so because that is the clothes their mothers buy because girls clothes usually have pink or purple in them.

Of course, each kid is different, but let's not say "pink is for girls and blue is for boys" because that is just stupid.  Don't tell kids "pink is for girls" and you won't have boys associating it with negative traits, and don't tell kids "blue is for boys" and you won't have girls associating it with a "that's off limit for us" mentality.


The language you chose is interesting, assuming that boys gravitate away from pink because of negative connotations, while girls secretly yearn for blue, but alas it's 'off limits'.

I do agree that it's silly to worry about what colors kids like, let them be free to choose as they wish.  Still, I think a girl would get a lot less (if any) flack for riding a blue bike than a little boy would get for riding a pink one.
 
2013-12-25 01:38:18 PM
Dear World,
I am a horrible parent and I felt everyone should now.
My biggest concern is that my daughter wants a blue bike and not a pink bike.
I will fix this by telling her she looks fat and should brush her hair, she looks ugly when it is messy.

THERE, fixed.

Sign, author if retarded article on xmas.
 
2013-12-25 01:46:17 PM

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: doglover: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Actually

Actually what? That's not even a sentence fragment.

See how that word is blue? That's called a link.


So links can only be boys now?
 
2013-12-25 01:50:40 PM

gopher321: Who knows? Maybe she'll be interested in plaid next...


Hey, I love flannel. One doesn't have to be a lesbian to love a shirt that is both warm and soft.

/not that there's anything wrong with that.
 
2013-12-25 01:51:52 PM
I guess she did a horrible job raising her own daughter, and should be shocked at her lack of instilling gender stereotypes in her progeny, and should stop and reflect where she went horribly wrong, and I guess the real question is: why is this f*cking news?
 
2013-12-25 02:29:41 PM
gabrielgal90.files.wordpress.com
/unavailable for comment
 
2013-12-25 03:15:43 PM

namatad: retarded article on xmas.


"Look, I'm cute because I spelled Christmas phonetically the way my 2-and-a-half year old said it!"

Mom sounds like a twat.
 
2013-12-25 03:25:45 PM
Great. Now the little girl will grow up and be all freaked out over colors.

Meanwhile, I wanted Tonka Trucks, and my grandmother handed me a Barbie, whose head I promptly tore off. Then I grabbed the Barbie and Ken, and wondered where the hell their genitals went.

/transgendered, but not because of the colors I like
//purple!
 
2013-12-25 04:01:30 PM

i262.photobucket.com

 
2013-12-25 04:33:39 PM
Butch
 
2013-12-25 04:36:08 PM
Oh wow this lady makes me sound almost pleasant.

What a c*nt.
 
2013-12-25 04:36:37 PM
I feel sorry for the kid if the mom is going to go all drama whore about wanting a blue bike.
 
2013-12-25 04:36:56 PM

doglover: Gender stereotypes exist for a reason. Like most stereotypes, they have enough truth to be a good rule of thumb when taken with a rather large grain of salt. By and large, little girls will in fact trend towards pink at a certain age. They just like it.

But, as with all rules of thumb, the rule is exceptions. So when your daughter likes blue, who the hell cares? Get her something blue.


First of all: Pink being a feminine color is a very recent thing.

Second of all: I hate pink. LOATHE IT. I have all my life. I remember being very, very young and being very upset at my mother that all the "girl stuff" in the catalogs was the color of abraded flesh and raw fish and demanding the boy's stuff.

If you give people more options they'll take those options but early in, everything is PINK and the girls get inured to it and just start picking it because let's be honest here, most fairy princess dresses with the banging wings and wand don't come in black with skull print.

/but they totally should
//BTW fairies are actually evil and a reasonable portion are ugly and might eat your face
 
2013-12-25 04:37:12 PM

edmo: Don't forget to teach her about people colors next you dumb broad.


Yup.  Teach them that whitey can't be trusted
 
2013-12-25 04:37:22 PM
And in the meantime, my 5 yo niece is running around the house with her Spider - Man mask and webshooters saying "I'm the real, actual Spider-Man!" after playing with her Sofia The First game.

Let kids be kids and find out who they are on their own instead of shoehorning them into the roles you want for them.
 
2013-12-25 04:38:36 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-25 04:38:51 PM

MBK: I have no scientific proof of this, but don't you think they gravitate towards pink stuff because most of their toys are made in pink?


I'll back this; as the father of a baby girl (4 months!), my wife and I had preconceptions that we wouldn't buy everything in pink...

Reality is, everything is in pink, though we try to change it up when we can.

One of Babysick's Xmas gifts:
www.oldnavy.com
 
2013-12-25 04:40:00 PM
FTFA: The blue bikes I saw in a quick online search featured Power Rangers, pirates and Spider-Man, with boys depicted riding them.

She saw precisely what she wanted to see, something to fuel her manufactured outrage. I did a google image search for "blue kid's bike" and these were the only two gender-specific looking ones in the first 20 results:

www.easyridersbikerentals.com
image.made-in-china.com
 
2013-12-25 04:40:28 PM
My mother tried to get me to go girly.  She spent hundreds of dollars on Barbie dolls, baby dolls, pink dresses, toy kitchen appliances and all that crap.  For my 6th birthday, she bought me a neon pink bike to mark the occasion.

I immediately took that bike to grandpa's workshop, tore it down to the frame, then spray painted it bright red with gold pinstripes.  She about had kittens when I rode it back the next morning, attired in the blue jeans, sneakers and 49'ers shirt my grandparents and uncle got me for my birthday.

Mothers need to quit freaking out over the small stuff.  Asshole kids (like I used to be) will do more and more insane stuff to see if mom can be turned up to 11.
 
2013-12-25 04:40:30 PM
I wonder if Mommy drives a pink automobile?
 
2013-12-25 04:41:26 PM

RoyFokker'sGhost: And in the meantime, my 5 yo niece is running around the house with her Spider - Man mask and webshooters saying "I'm the real, actual Spider-Man!" after playing with her Sofia The First game.

Let kids be kids and find out who they are on their own instead of shoehorning them into the roles you want for them.


My 1 year old is playing with her Disney Princess little people castle and the DC Little People.  Currently, it seems, Super Man and the Green Lantern are dancing together at the ball.
 
2013-12-25 04:41:38 PM

megarian: Oh wow this lady makes me sound almost pleasant.

What a c*nt.


Meg rides a broom, neither pink nor blue.
 
2013-12-25 04:41:52 PM
Here's hoping little Gracie asks Santa for some sparkly purple golf clubs and a fuzzy pink softball glove next year.
 
2013-12-25 04:43:33 PM

ksdanj: I wonder if Mommy drives a pink automobile?


It's a sure thing mom drives a behemoth SUV with zero skill and panics over everything
 
2013-12-25 04:43:50 PM

UsikFark: megarian: Oh wow this lady makes me sound almost pleasant.

What a c*nt.

Meg rides a broom, neither pink nor blue.


Well when you're right, you're right.
 
2013-12-25 04:44:22 PM
From the wikipedia article linked above:

Many have noted the contrary association of pink with boys in 20th-century America. An article in the trade publication Earnshaw's Infants' Department in June 1918 said:
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.


(with 4 references)

There is no biological preference for pink, it is all social forcing.

/female and always hated pink because it was forced on me.
 
2013-12-25 04:46:02 PM

Dragonflew: FTFA: The blue bikes I saw in a quick online search featured Power Rangers, pirates and Spider-Man, with boys depicted riding them.

She saw precisely what she wanted to see, something to fuel her manufactured outrage. I did a google image search for "blue kid's bike" and these were the only two gender-specific looking ones in the first 20 results:


Exactly. I am sure a bold pink with the right accents will look manly on a boy's bike if done right.
 
2013-12-25 04:46:49 PM

sirbissel: RoyFokker'sGhost: And in the meantime, my 5 yo niece is running around the house with her Spider - Man mask and webshooters saying "I'm the real, actual Spider-Man!" after playing with her Sofia The First game.

Let kids be kids and find out who they are on their own instead of shoehorning them into the roles you want for them.

My 1 year old is playing with her Disney Princess little people castle and the DC Little People.  Currently, it seems, Super Man and the Green Lantern are dancing together at the ball.


Superman isn't a ballet dancer?

artvoice.com
 
2013-12-25 04:47:10 PM

doglover: Gender stereotypes exist for a reason. Like most stereotypes, they have enough truth to be a good rule of thumb when taken with a rather large grain of salt. By and large, little girls will in fact trend towards pink at a certain age. They just like it.

But, as with all rules of thumb, the rule is exceptions. So when your daughter likes blue, who the hell cares? Get her something blue.


And the saying is "The exception PROVES the rule exists". For instance: if there is a sign on the street that states "No parking from 6 am til 5 pm", that is an exception that proves "Parking is allowed from 5 pm until 6 am". Even though there is no sign STATING you can park during those hours, the exception proves you can.

/Moran
 
2013-12-25 04:48:12 PM

Ringshadow: First of all: Pink being a feminine color is a very recent thing.

bonedjello.com
LBJ at 6mos., 1909

bonedjello.com
FDR at 3, 1885

bonedjello.com
H.S. Truman, 6mos., 1884



IIRC it was around WWI that social mores started trending toward modern attitudes regarding gender-specific clothing and colors.

Here's a decent blog about the subject
 
2013-12-25 04:48:45 PM
sad part is I can see my partner in mortgage seriously going down that road, then play it off as just joking when called  on it.
 
2013-12-25 04:51:23 PM
For fun, the next time your at the mall, your kids' sporting event, their school play, etc., count the number of girls you see who are wearing nothing pink.  If you include shoes, jewelry, and hair accessories, it is possible to get shutout.  We played that game over the course of a coach pitch baseball season and went a solid 2 weeks in which every single girl had on at least 1 item with pink in it.
 
2013-12-25 04:53:28 PM

Ringshadow: /but they totally should
//BTW fairies are actually evil and a reasonable portion are ugly and might eat your face


I'm not sure 'Evil' is the right word, but certainly 'amoral'. Or just of a completely different morality system (if we're going by traditional fae.)

If we're going by discworld fae, yeah, they're evil.
 
2013-12-25 04:55:10 PM

Ringshadow:


First of all: Pink being a feminine color is a very recent thing.

Second of all: I hate pink. LOATHE IT. I have all my life.


I have had you farkied in pink since the Fukushima threads.


Deal with it.
 
2013-12-25 04:57:02 PM
Ringshadow:
If you give people more options they'll take those options but early in, everything is PINK and the girls get inured to it and just start picking it because let's be honest here, most fairy princess dresses with the banging wings and wand don't come in black with skull print.

Well, maybe not when you were a kid.  I bet nowadays, there's probably some anime series with off the rack cosplay outfits like that available, although probably with a sword or umbrella or some shiat instead of a wand.

/i'm looking at you, Suigintou
 
2013-12-25 04:57:29 PM
I'm surprised that no one's blamed the patriarchy for this.

But then, it is a slow news day.
 
2013-12-25 04:57:47 PM
cdn2-b.examiner.com

"Little Girl Blue ... She needed the money!"
 
Displayed 50 of 238 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report