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pink versus blue, boys versus girls

so on the most recent episode of Qi, it's was stated that up until the early 20th century, pink was the associated color with boys and blue was the associated color with girls.

also that up until the 15th century, boys were called "knave girls" and girls were called "gay girls".

one of the panelists asked about the pink vs. blue, what happened to change this to completely the opposite, and there wasn't a good answer, but that as late as 1927 there was evidence of the expectation that newborn baby boys wore pink and newborn baby girls wore blue.

it'd be interesting to research that whole bit to see what it's all about, not only in the context of the changeover, but if it was also regional (since the show is based in the UK and Fry didn't specify, it's unclear whether or not that trend was a regional thing, which maybe could be the answer if american culture did the opposite and then may have influenced the market or something like that).

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taren_
Jan. 9th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
I read somewhere [citation needed] that blue has always been associated with boys. Blue was the color of the sky, so covering male children in that color was supposed to harness the sky's power to protect them. Girls didn't matter.

In was in one of those books filled with answers to weird questions like that.
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