Pink and blue. The most distinctive colors between females and males. Why is the color pink associated with femininity and blue with masculinity? We actually don’t know. We’ve been told since day one that if you’re a girl, you wear pink. You don’t see men walking around in pink as often as women do, that’s for sure.
Why is that? Perhaps these colors are associated with human biology. The colors pink and blue may be rooted in previous generations, leading girls and boys to separate ways with the colors. Those are just my guesses.Some evidence actually suggests that this color separation really only arose in the twentieth century. A study was conducted at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom by neuroscientists Anya Hulbert and Yazhu Ling. Hulbert and Ling surveyed a group of women and men (about 200) in an odd age group (20-26). Some of the participants were British, Caucasian, and native Chinese. Throughout these tests, they put colored rectangles on a computer screen and allowed for each participant to choose the colored rectangle they like best. Studies showed that regardless of ethnic background, the women preferred the rectangles with red-tones, and the men, blue.
Perhaps these colors, after all, are rooted in evolution. Hulbert and Ling believe that these colors are rooted all the way back to mankind. So when I think of “mankind” I think of men hunting and women providing for the men. Well, these doctors suggest that the color blue is associated with men because of hunting and blue skies, and women with pink because they provided food, such as berries. This seems pretty random to me, but hey I’m not a neuroscientist.
Overall, I think it is very interesting that colors are associated with genders. It’s even more interesting to me that it roots all the way back to mankind.