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2019-04-15 09:09:52 AM  
Thomas Gainsborough?
 
2019-04-15 09:22:05 AM  
My favorite color is purple. Mom tried to tell me it was blue when I was young, but I knew better for myself.
 
2019-04-15 09:24:38 AM  
Early-mid 20th century retailers.

Pink was definitively a masculine colour for most of western history..
 
2019-04-15 09:25:45 AM  
ima not read this article cuz it guna be like sigmund freud said pink represents the vagina or some creepy shiat and everyone just rolls with for some reason
 
2019-04-15 09:26:20 AM  
Pink didn't exist as a named color until far more recently in modern history. It was 'light red' or rose. And it was a masculine color
 
2019-04-15 09:26:50 AM  
Is it because pink is the color of vaginas?   ... well most of them anyways.
 
2019-04-15 09:27:08 AM  
Some of the greatest things in the world are pink.
 
2019-04-15 09:27:23 AM  

gaspode: Early-mid 20th century retailers.

Pink was definitively a masculine colour for most of western history..


John Wayne's kerchief
 
2019-04-15 09:28:11 AM  
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Who says pink is just for the girls?
 
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2019-04-15 09:28:47 AM  

vudukungfu: gaspode: Early-mid 20th century retailers.

Pink was definitively a masculine colour for most of western history..

John Wayne's kerchief


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2019-04-15 09:29:32 AM  

DarkSoulNoHope: My favorite color is purple. Mom tried to tell me it was blue when I was young, but I knew better for myself.


Purple is an awesome color.  Anyone worried about gendering color can be safely ignored because omg the fact that you care means you have very little going on in your life and go away.

My son wanted a pink cake. He got a pink cake. No one said shiat.
 
2019-04-15 09:29:43 AM  
Based on my kids' cohort, the new rule-of-thumb is pink for girls, camouflage for boys.
 
2019-04-15 09:30:01 AM  
I'm going to guess: morons
 
2019-04-15 09:30:39 AM  
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Dude looks like a lady.
 
2019-04-15 09:30:49 AM  
Color as a concept is interesting.  As recently as the late 1800s, there was no difference between yellow and orange.  People called both of them yellow.  For instance, Princeton, whose colors we would refer to as orange and black, were referred to as "the yellow and black" in late 1800s recaps of their football games.
 
2019-04-15 09:31:06 AM  
Welp, who knew?
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2019-04-15 09:31:41 AM  
When my 9 month old came home from the hospital last year he was in a pink and white striped head sock they gave him. One of our more dopey aunts had a fit that they put a boy in something pink
 
2019-04-15 09:33:11 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Color as a concept is interesting.  As recently as the late 1800s, there was no difference between yellow and orange.  People called both of them yellow.  For instance, Princeton, whose colors we would refer to as orange and black, were referred to as "the yellow and black" in late 1800s recaps of their football games.


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2019-04-15 09:33:14 AM  

TheDirtyNacho: When my 9 month old came home from the hospital last year he was in a pink and white striped head sock they gave him. One of our more dopey aunts had a fit that they put a boy in something pink


Pink head socks is how they get the gay.  It's true. I saw it on The 700 Club.
 
2019-04-15 09:33:52 AM  
TFH:Where did that whole "pink is for girls, blue is for boys" thing originate anyway?

This article certainly won't tell you, it's about an artist who takes photos of kids with their pink/blue stuff.

Because, you know, that's art, or something.
 
2019-04-15 09:36:38 AM  
Pink is one of the best colors for desert camouflage, as per the Special Air Service's experiences during WW2 in North Africa.  If the f*ckmotherin' SAS isn't manly enough for you, then there is no hope and you deserve to wallow in a yellow-based life of wussitude.  Pink grows beards on the the hair that should've been on on your balls.
 
2019-04-15 09:37:03 AM  
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It doesn't get more manly than David Carradine in Cannonball!
 
2019-04-15 09:38:27 AM  

Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: Rapmaster2000: Color as a concept is interesting.  As recently as the late 1800s, there was no difference between yellow and orange.  People called both of them yellow.  For instance, Princeton, whose colors we would refer to as orange and black, were referred to as "the yellow and black" in late 1800s recaps of their football games.

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It gets weirder than that:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/​Blue%E2%​80%93green_distinction_in_language

And then there are the tribes in Africa that only name three or four colors.
 
2019-04-15 09:42:32 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: Rapmaster2000: Color as a concept is interesting.  As recently as the late 1800s, there was no difference between yellow and orange.  People called both of them yellow.  For instance, Princeton, whose colors we would refer to as orange and black, were referred to as "the yellow and black" in late 1800s recaps of their football games.

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It gets weirder than that:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B​lue%E2%80%93green_distinction_in_langu​age

And then there are the tribes in Africa that only name three or four colors.


History/anthropology  of colors is fascinating. Blue in the ancient world/art is weird.
Yes, this post is nearly substance-less and I regret having begun it but by god I'm committing to letting all of you know my nearly non-thoughts, as is the way of the interwebs.
 
2019-04-15 09:42:51 AM  

Tex570: Some of the greatest things in the world are pink.


You're all pink to "Bob".
 
2019-04-15 09:43:34 AM  
Where did that whole thing originate? Well we certainly don't know from this article, because it doesn't explain that at all. It's more just an advertisement for one person's art project.

Or is my adblocker just preventing more of the article from loading somehow?
 
2019-04-15 09:43:36 AM  
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2019-04-15 09:43:54 AM  
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Apparently pastels for men are coming back after the last time in the 1980's.
 
2019-04-15 09:44:15 AM  

solokumba: Is it because pink is the color of vaginas?   ... well most of them anyways.


"It's all pink on the inside" - Some of the wisest words anyone has ever told me.
 
2019-04-15 09:45:21 AM  

Rapmaster2000: TheDirtyNacho: When my 9 month old came home from the hospital last year he was in a pink and white striped head sock they gave him. One of our more dopey aunts had a fit that they put a boy in something pink

Pink head socks is how they get the gay.  It's true. I saw it on The 700 Club.


It's shocking how young people are getting when they decide to be gay.
 
2019-04-15 09:47:44 AM  
Times change. Definitions change. I read this is now black:
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2019-04-15 09:48:07 AM  
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Like other young boys of his era, Franklin Roosevelt wears a dress. This studio portrait was likely taken in New York in 1884. (Bettmann / Corbis)

Boys were clothed in dresses up till around age 6. I guess pants technology of the time was so primitive that they were hard to quickly undo when the potty urge struck. You had to be an expert to wear big boy pants.
 
2019-04-15 09:49:58 AM  
Something about little boy blue blowing his horn.
 
2019-04-15 09:52:38 AM  
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2019-04-15 09:53:30 AM  

HairBolus: [img.fark.net image 406x520]
Like other young boys of his era, Franklin Roosevelt wears a dress. This studio portrait was likely taken in New York in 1884. (Bettmann / Corbis)

Boys were clothed in dresses up till around age 6. I guess pants technology of the time was so primitive that they were hard to quickly undo when the potty urge struck. You had to be an expert to wear big boy pants.


Doesn't explain the little girly shoes, girly hat, and girly haircut. Parents obviously wanted a girl. Or Franklin D. wanted to be a girl.
 
2019-04-15 09:58:27 AM  

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I prefer eggplant then, darkest purple on the chart! :)
 
2019-04-15 09:59:15 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Color as a concept is interesting.  As recently as the late 1800s, there was no difference between yellow and orange.  People called both of them yellow.  For instance, Princeton, whose colors we would refer to as orange and black, were referred to as "the yellow and black" in late 1800s recaps of their football games.


So maybe it's not too late for "Trump the Yellow" to catch on then.
 
2019-04-15 10:03:59 AM  

Murflette: Pink didn't exist as a named color until far more recently in modern history. It was 'light red' or rose. And it was a masculine color


Agrees.
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2019-04-15 10:04:35 AM  

HairBolus: [img.fark.net image 406x520]
Like other young boys of his era, Franklin Roosevelt wears a dress. This studio portrait was likely taken in New York in 1884. (Bettmann / Corbis)

Boys were clothed in dresses up till around age 6. I guess pants technology of the time was so primitive that they were hard to quickly undo when the potty urge struck. You had to be an expert to wear big boy pants.


Dresses make it easier to change diapers.
 
2019-04-15 10:05:06 AM  

GungFu: HairBolus: [img.fark.net image 406x520]
Like other young boys of his era, Franklin Roosevelt wears a dress. This studio portrait was likely taken in New York in 1884. (Bettmann / Corbis)

Boys were clothed in dresses up till around age 6. I guess pants technology of the time was so primitive that they were hard to quickly undo when the potty urge struck. You had to be an expert to wear big boy pants.

Doesn't explain the little girly shoes, girly hat, and girly haircut. Parents obviously wanted a girl. Or Franklin D. wanted to be a girl.


Back then dad let mom play dress up with their sons until he decided the boy was too old for such things and then he'd put a stop to it.

It's called breaching IIRC and it usually happened around age 3 or 4. If it never happened for whatever reason, you got an Oscar Wilde or Walt Whitman out of the deal.

/ there are similar pics of General McCarthur out there
 
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2019-04-15 10:05:33 AM  
My son wears pink all the time. He even dyed his hair pink once.

/His hair is kind of in pink, purple, and blue streaks now
 
2019-04-15 10:11:19 AM  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: Doesn't explain the little girly shoes, girly hat, and girly haircut. Parents obviously wanted a girl. Or Franklin D. wanted to be a girl.


Back then dad let mom play dress up with their sons until he decided the boy was too old for such things and then he'd put a stop to it.

It's called breaching IIRC and it usually happened around age 3 or 4. If it never happened for whatever reason, you got an Oscar Wilde or Walt Whitman out of the deal.

/ there are similar pics of General McCarthur out there


Also Peter Cushing.

Although he fully admitted his mother wanted her second child to be a girl.
 
2019-04-15 10:15:17 AM  
A man tried to do the laundry for his wife and did not separate the whites from colors.
 
2019-04-15 10:18:17 AM  

Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: Rapmaster2000: Color as a concept is interesting.  As recently as the late 1800s, there was no difference between yellow and orange.  People called both of them yellow.  For instance, Princeton, whose colors we would refer to as orange and black, were referred to as "the yellow and black" in late 1800s recaps of their football games.

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Orange paint or dye is reasonably modern invention. The colour and fruit isn't all that old either.
 
2019-04-15 10:25:59 AM  
It doesn't have to be pink and blue.  Rule of thumb: feminine colors tend to be Spring colors, masculine colors tend to be Autumn colors.

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2019-04-15 10:30:51 AM  

Scaley: Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: Rapmaster2000: Color as a concept is interesting.  As recently as the late 1800s, there was no difference between yellow and orange.  People called both of them yellow.  For instance, Princeton, whose colors we would refer to as orange and black, were referred to as "the yellow and black" in late 1800s recaps of their football games.

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Orange paint or dye is reasonably modern invention. The colour and fruit isn't all that old either.


The fruit is farking ancient. Domesticated sweet oranges date to 340 BC. Citrons were domesticated in the 1200s BC. The Polynesians were carrying them in 1500-3000 BC. The word is so old Sanskrit got it from another language. They've been in Europe since the 9th century.

Citrus made it across the Wallace Line on its own steam. The genus is tens of millions of years old.
 
2019-04-15 10:41:33 AM  
When little h was a kid we let her pick the color of her bedroom Yes it was pink Pink like somebody threw up pepto bismol The rest of the house was beige/brown Kind of funny now
 
2019-04-15 10:54:52 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Color as a concept is interesting.  As recently as the late 1800s, there was no difference between yellow and orange.  People called both of them yellow.  For instance, Princeton, whose colors we would refer to as orange and black, were referred to as "the yellow and black" in late 1800s recaps of their football games.


You understand they could still see the difference between what we now label orange and yellow, right?
 
2019-04-15 10:57:58 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Color as a concept is interesting.  As recently as the late 1800s, there was no difference between yellow and orange.  People called both of them yellow.  For instance, Princeton, whose colors we would refer to as orange and black, were referred to as "the yellow and black" in late 1800s recaps of their football games.


We still call red hair red, when usually it's really more of an orange colour. Anne of Green Gables has hair as "red as carrots", but carrots are orange!
 
2019-04-15 11:08:10 AM  

CrazyGerbilLady: Rapmaster2000: Color as a concept is interesting.  As recently as the late 1800s, there was no difference between yellow and orange.  People called both of them yellow.  For instance, Princeton, whose colors we would refer to as orange and black, were referred to as "the yellow and black" in late 1800s recaps of their football games.

We still call red hair red, when usually it's really more of an orange colour. Anne of Green Gables has hair as "red as carrots", but carrots are orange!


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Carrots range from nearly white to purple, and include red.
 
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