Colours have no gender

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SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES:

  • Karniol, R. (2011). The color of children’s gender stereotypes. Sex roles, 65(1), 119-132.
    Pomerleau, A., Bolduc, D., Malcuit, G., & Cossette, L. (1990). Pink or blue: Environmental gender stereotypes in the first two years of life. Sex roles, 22(5-6), 359-367.
  • LoBue, V., & DeLoache, J. S. (2011). Pretty in pink: The early development of gender‐stereotyped colour preferences. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 29(3), 656-667.
  • Bridges, J. S. (1993). Pink or blue: Gender-stereotypic perceptions of infants as conveyed by birth congratulations cards. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 17(2), 193-205.
  • Ishii, K., Numazaki, M., & Tado’oka, Y. (2019). The effect of pink/blue clothing on implicit and explicit gender‐related self‐cognition and attitudes among men. Japanese Psychological Research, 61(2), 123-132

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Many cultures around the world share the stereotype that pink is for girls and blue is for boys (Ishii et al., 2019). These stereotypes appear in the socialization of society, especially in minors (Karniol, 2011; LoBue & DeLoache, 2011; Bridges, 1993; Pomerleau et al., 1990).

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Gontzal Uriarte

El rosa y el azul sí tienen género asociado en las culturas occidentales. No ha sido así siempre, ni lo es en todas las culturas. Responden a estereotipos de género que pueden cambiar con el tiempo pero a pesar de las campañas para romper con estas tradiciones siguen vigentes puesto que las empresas comerciales siguen usándolos para dirigir ropas y juguetes en base al sexo de los niños y niñas.

No hay ninguna relación biológica que una sexo con un color u otro. Por lo tanto es género.

Beatriz Villarejo

Los colores rosa y azul afectan especialmente en una época determinada de la vida, consecuencia de nuestras socialización (esto no ha pasado a lo largo de la historia) y de las grandes empresas de productos infantiles que relacionan a las niñas rosa y a los niños azul (Karniol, 2011; LoBue & DeLoache, 2011; Bridges, 1993; Pomerleau et al., 1990)..

Sin embargo, eso solo pasa en algunos países y en los qué sucede a lo largo de los años las personas visten de otros colores. Por lo que no asoció que el género, en sentido amplio, este relacionado con el color.

Gontzal Uriarte

Creo que en el fondo no hay controversia, sino quizás en la formulación del tema.

Entiendo que lo que se desea decir es que tanto niños como niñas tienen derecho a vestir o preferir los colores que deseen, más alla de los estereotipos de género.

Sin embargo, cuando escucho la formulación “Los colores no tienen género” pienso que es al contrario. Tienen género puesto que bajo la definición de género (que adjunto debajo) los colores rosa y azul fueron asignados socialmente a los diferentes sexos.

“Gender is used to describe the characteristics of women and men that are socially constructed, while sex refers to those that are biologically determined. People are born female or male, but learn to be girls and boys who grow into women and men.”
https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-determinants/gender/gender-definitions

Por esta razón, suelo usar otras formulaciones como “Los colores no tienen relación con el sexo”. Es decir que el color azul no tiene nada que ver con el sexo masculino.

Entiendo tambien que cuando se usa la palabra “genero” también se puede usar para simplemente como una forma de expresar binarismo: chico/chica. Es decir “No hay colores de chicos ni de chicas.”. Y sin embargo, sabemos que socialmente en europa reproducimos lo contrario de esta afirmación y la realidad es que los niños aprenden pronto a pensar que si hay colores para cada género. Por lo que, finalmente, quizás lo que deseamos es que “No debería haber unos colores para chicos y otros para chicas”. Pero esta frase ya es un deseo, no una realidad generalizada, puesto que empresas y tradiciones ya establecidas en la sociedad hacen dificil el cambio.

Pero bueno, como ya digo quizás no es más que una controversia en la formulación, no en el fondo de la cuestión.

Un saludo.

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Last edited 10 days ago by Beatriz Villarejo
laurapeggo03

For many years, the colour pink and blue have been associated with gender: pink for the female gender and blue for the male gender. Many times when we have to make a gift for a baby we go for the colours pink or blue directly, and that is because the campaigns of children’s brands always relate the colour pink for girls and blue for boys. However, there are many other colours to wear, and for me, colours have nothing to do with gender. It’s the same with toys, why do we have to relate cars to boys and dolls to girls? Can’t I play with cars or with a ball?

At present there should not be colours for each gender, since there are no colours for boys or girls, and everyone is free to wear the colour they want regardless of their sex. I hope that in the not too distant future the big children’s brands will change their campaigns to create a world free of colour and without colours assigned to each gender.

Wear the colour clothes you want to express who you are and don’t let them dress you in pink or blue because you are a boy or a girl. 

Paula

It is obvius that since we were born we are taught indirectly to relate color pink with girls and color blue with boys because of a lot of brands have this color structure, especially that toys brands so children learn that gils have to play with dolls an color pink and boys with balls and color blue.

It is true that today we are fighting to eliminate this thought and a lot of brands and families are changing and know that color is not related to gender and if a child wants to wear pink clothes is not bad.

This thought is more common in children because when we grow up we understand that we can use the colors we want and not according to our gender.

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