Ethan loves pink, he always had, given a choice between a new green beaker and a new pink one it’d always be pink and I’ve always given him that choice. I love that he’s at the age, right now, where that messed up stererotype that ‘pink is for girls’ hasn’t touched him yet.
I just Wish that it wasn’t like that – If kids weren’t brought up to think ‘pink is for girls’ and ‘blue is for boys’, if buggys weren’t a ‘girls toy’ and cars a ‘boys toy’ then there really wouldn’t be this problem. I will Never tell Ethan that he can’t like a colour or that a colour is for a girl not a boy, but other people Will! And I have to protect him from that even though I don’t want to, I want to let him dress top to toe in pink if that’s what he wants!
I do know that there are an increasing number of people who are feeling the same way as me, thankfully, but I know that the majority are stuck with the way they were brought up. Fingers crossed things change, in a more widespread way, we’ll see.
As it happens, we compromised. Pink shoes wouldn’t really have gone with his transformers tees anyway so we got him some sensible coloured daytime shoes and then got him some pink wellies and some pink slippers instead. He didn’t need wellies or slippers but I want my boy to have his pink! He love love loves them, as you can see from the pic above.
I just wish he wouldn’t grow out of this, but you know as well as I do that once he starts hearing the other kids say ‘pink is for girls’ he’ll start spouting it himself – I’ll always tell him that pink is for whoever likes pink, but school yard peers matter much more as they grow up and Mummy saying pink is ok won’t mean a thing if the little’uns in the playground tell him otherwise. Well I’ll cherish him as he is, and even when everything has to be ‘boy colours’ I’ll carry on cherishing him (and who knows, when he grows up and realises other people’s opinions don’t care, maybe he’ll get some pink wellies again!)