What do colors mean, anyway?

Apparently I am living under a rock… 🙂 And I’m glad I do. What’s all this hubbub about J Crew and boys with pink toe nails?? I just read about this at another blog, The Gentle Mom, and the whole concept just makes me mad. Who cares? What do colors mean? How do they define a person? I don’t have time to research colors right now, but someone, please do and let me know! 😉

My little guy is 5 1/2. He has had all color nails. He has worn princess dresses, leotards, and high heel shoes. He also loves to bang with hammers, dig in the dirt, catch butterflies and worms, and snuggle with his mom.

Why should it matter if he likes to paint his nails? One of the smartest men I know (A PhD at the Max Plank Institute in Dortmund, Germany, a genius in molecular studies and cancer research) always has one little pinky painted red. Well, he did 20 years ago. I assume he still does, but I guess I don’t know that for sure! 😉

I think it’s sad that some people think “indulging” your sons in this manner might somehow alter their sexual orientation. Really?! Until the 1940s, pink used to be the color for boys!

At 5 1/2, my son is getting over the nail polish. He doesn’t want his nails painted anymore. It means he’s finally bowing to societal pressures. It means he’s growing up and one day he won’t want to snuggle with me anymore. It makes me sad.

Now, who’s going to research color for me? 😉

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  1. Uh... I know what colors mean for pagan purposes, but I don't think that's what you mean? Otherwise, I don't know or care either. Kevin likes his toes painted too, but he asks for my blue and green glitter polishes because they are sparkly. However, someone filled his head with the girl vs. boy costumes and he has for months been defining himself as boy only and wants nothing to do with "girly". I'm a little peevish about that bit of brainwashing but no one will own up to it.

    I won't be researching for ya. LOL
  2. I know colors are supposed to promote various feelings or emotions and I know language is super powerful as far as shaping the way we think, etc. Just wondering if color holds the same power as language.
  3. It simultaneously angers me and cracks me up when people think this kind of stuff is going to make a kid (gasp! horror!) gay. Like your entire sexual orientation is influenced by whether your mom let you try on her lipstick when you were six. :)

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