When thinking about gender identity and what classifies males or females into either specific group, often times the roles of color come into play. It seems as if it was since the beginning of time that blue is for boys and pink is for girls. When a couple gets pregnant those are the choices for wall color, decorations, bed spreads and clothes, and if they don’t know the sex, yellow it is, the neutral color.
I remember a few years back there was a light pink shirt that said “Only Real Men Wear Pink” on it. Okay, but why? Since when is pink not allowed to be worn by males? And are there any other colors that females aren’t allowed to wear without being called masculine?
In the more recent years androgyny has become increasingly popular, and with that, the color scheme of males and females has been blended. Men now wear pink and purple and women are wearing, well basically the same thing they’ve been wearing all along. Maybe darker colors? Maybe more blues and black and greens? Maybe more masculine fitting pieces of clothing.
When I adopted my puppy, everyone asked what kind of color the pup would be. I didn’t really care based on gender, I just wanted it to fit my new baby’s personality. I went with red. It’s one of the colors of my sorority (and the pup lives in the Greek house with me so it seemed appropriate) and it just fits them well. The puppy’s food and water bowl is red too.
Just like the video said, sometimes when looking at someone you can’t tell whether they are more masculine or feminine and barely anyone fits the exact specifications of what one gender is compared to the other, no one is just completely one sided. Everyone has a little bit of a mix in them, no matter what. This also includes color and the way they decide to present themselves and what they wear.
So is my dog a boy or a girl? Can you tell just by looking at their leash?
My puppy is a boy, his name is Bear, and here he is 🙂