Monday, December 04, 2006

Pink and Blue?

I've been trying to research where this blue for boys and pink for girls nonsense comes from. So far what I've found is that until the early 1900s babies of both sexes wore white dresses. Then after that boys wore pink as it was considered related to the strong color red. Blue was considered a dainty color for girls.

This color code switched sometime around WWII, it seems. This overwhelmingly adhered to trend is not very old! It was hard to find out why the switch occurred, though it is proposed that it might have something to do with the Nazis plastering gay men with pink triangles and people being homophobic or avoiding the whole insane Nazi business and not dressing their boys in pink anymore.

I think the most interesting thing about it all is how important it seems to people to know the gender. It is the first question I am asked every time anyone hears I am pregnant. Why do we care so much? And why is it so important that people know on sight what gender your infant is? How could is possibly matter to them? It's fascinating.

All tests have gone very well with our wee one. There is no sign of any chromosomal or structural problems. And there is no sign of the clubbed feet that I was born with. We have a scheduled arrival of early May. I may give birth on the very day my dear friend Jim died last year, on the birthday of my dear friend Sakura who died the previous summer, or on Mother's Day. A time for rebalancing I guess.

I am happy to hear your name suggestions. . . .



At 10:09 AM, Blogger squid said...

green is a nice color


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