Color Sexism All colors should be open for any gender to wear or like, and the person should not feel judged or awkward liking it or wearing it. By Hugh McGuire
ink is for girls and blue is for boys.” I hear male fifth grader at ASIJ say with a bratty attitude. I hear that and walk to my desk with depression. Why do people think that? A lot of people think this is true but it is not and we have to change it. Girls and boys should like any color they wish. This is also a problem because if a boy wears pink clothing sometimes a girl’s first instinct is to think it is strange and even make fun of him. The boy will go home feeling depressed and may never wear that piece of clothing again. And that is a waste of money. If boys ONLY wear the darker colors and girls ONLY wear brighter colors all the boys will be the same and girls will. I think if all genders wear bright AND dark colors we will live in a more colorful world. But this is not always true. I always see both Justin Powell and Sang-ha Park (5th grade students at ASIJ) wear pink shirts and almost no one laughs or makes fun of them. This is because we live in a very wonderful environment where everyone is nice. But this is not true for most of the world. We have to do the same with everywhere else
The thing is though kids aren’t the only people who judge boy and girl colors. Adults always do and you don't even notice it. Did you ever see the bathroom signs? A pink and red sign marks the girls bathrooms, and a blue sign marks the boys. Why cant it be the other way around? Ms. Reed, a fifth grade teacher at ASIJ, said, “ Some of my grown up friends genderize color, which is absurd because adults know color is not genetically related to gender, and besides I prefer life’s peacocks to life’s sheep.” 9 out of the 18 people I asked said all genders should like any color. That leaves us with 9 people who still say there is such thing as color sexism. Kids like me discover color sexism when they are young from toys and clothes that are on sale in the local supermarkets. Pink Barbie’s and pink dollhouses display in the ‘girl section’ and blue racecars and Black noise making trucks display in the ‘boy section’ then young kids start understanding and identify girly shirts and girly toys and same for the boyish stuff.
Here is another example of why this is bad. It was a cold day in
the second grade and we we’re having music. 45 minutes later we all bundled up and were ready to go back to our classes when someone left a purple jacket next to the sink. “ Which one of the girls owns this jacket?” The teacher asked. The BOY who owned it quietly snatched the jacket, with his head down, and slowly walked back in line. He looked very depressed. He usually is very energetic, not today though. This proves that a kid can get very hurt by judging color by gender. So we all have to change this or soon everyone will bully one kid so hard because they wear a different colored shirt. It might even lead to suicide We should all appreciate the creativity and colorfulness of what color we all like.
Published on Jan 21, 2013