What does gender have to to with colors?

@gewcew23 (8012)
United States
June 1, 2007 9:18am CST
I'm sure everyone has heard the phrase, "It takes a real man to wear pink". Now I have seen some manly men wear pink, but I have known men including my husband that have never worn pink. There are certain colors that we deem femimine like periwinkle, but really if you think about it, there are no specific masculine colors. Everyone thinks dark colors look best on men, but the little black dress, which is suppose to the ideal dress for women is black, and you don't get any darker than that. LOL! My husband is always wearing red as this it the color that the company he works for has chosen. Now some would say a dark red color would be a man's color, but is it? Red is an emotional color, and an emotion like love. So wouldn't red be a woman's color since women are suppose to be more emotional than men. And then there is also the famous red dress, which is ironically the same red that my husband has to wear. So the question I am asking is are all colors unisex ot are some colors femimine while none are masculine?
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@Calais (10905)
• Australia
1 Jun 07
Colours do not have to belong to any one gender. But I too will never see my husband in pink. He is a man and men dont wear pink...lol.
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@maryannemax (12174)
• Sweden
2 Jun 07
i have seen lots of actors wearing pink but does not make them look gay nor does not mean they are gay. and they carry it well and they do look good in it, too. so, i have nothing against men wearing pink shirts at all.
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@Calais (10905)
• Australia
2 Jun 07
LOL....That last sentence is what he says. But I never mentioned anything about being gay. It is becoming really trendy these days.
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@meighlee (22)
• Philippines
2 Jun 07
I dont think color is dictated by the society. It really goes with the person who is wearing it. If your usband like red.. then maybe unconsciously, he really is a passionate man and thinks that red is a good color for him nt just bec it ws the color of his company. pink or blue.. it all goes with the personality of the person wearing it. Not the gender.
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@Fishmomma (11586)
• United States
2 Jun 07
I think colors are unisex. If a male wants to wear pink, then he should wear it. The same is true when a woman wears a color that some people think is a manly color. I wear what is comfortable and its usually green and blue. My husband regularly wears a pink shirt and it doesn't bother me. I see a lot of men wearing pink and its just not a big deal.
@annieroos (1846)
• United States
2 Jun 07
I think anyone can use any color... you would think pink maybe purple were kinda more for girls.. but today i saw a man wear a pink suit.. and he looked hott.. it was nice very sophicated.. but i know my hubby would never where any thing like that he is like that too he believes red, brown and black are for guys.. but i think its up to what that person likes......
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• Philippines
2 Jun 07
I think gender is not an issue when it comes to colors. Hello? This is a free world. I think it depends to the person on how they will carry on such colors. Besides they see it as an artistic view whether the color will suite you or not.
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@makingpots (11928)
• United States
2 Jun 07
I know there has always been that issue with pink and men not feeling comfortable wearing it. My husband is like yours and would never ever wear it. But honestly, he would look awful in it..... he has red undertones to his skin and I can't even imagine what it would do to his complextion. Some men do look good in it. And, hey, if they are strong enough in their masculinity more power to them. I think at the end of the day it is more about what looks good on you. Emotional, passionate, masculine, femanine..... if you look washed out in it don't wear it!
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@sumimasen (644)
• United States
2 Jun 07
As the old saying goes, "The man makes the clothes." I think that pink is a good color, it just depends on how it is displayed. Pink shirts are ok, as well as shoes. Pink pants? NO!
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• United States
2 Jun 07
THis is an interesting question. Since childhood usually it learned that the color blue is for boys and pink is for girls. I don't know who determined that and I think that colors shouldn't be gender related. My favorite color is blue!
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@maryannemax (12174)
• Sweden
2 Jun 07
i see colors have nothing to do with genders. does not mean if a baby is a girl, she should wear pink or if the baby's a boy, he should wear blue for identification purposes. they say blue is mostly for men but most of my friends love to wear blue. it does not mean that they are lesbians or feel like they are men. and i have seen men who really are good in wearing pink and wearing pink does not make them look less manly... in fact, they do look good in it. colors are just there for variations in our lives. they should not be a representation for our genders. if so, there should only be two colors in the world. no need for other colors to have.
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@yojspew (171)
• Philippines
1 Jun 07
I don't think color is exclusive for a particular gender. Everybody can wear any color they want to. For me, there's nothing wrong if a guy will wear pink or pastel color clothes. What's important is that they are comfortable with what they're wearing and they feel good.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
1 Jun 07
Awe, none of this really matters. I have worn a pink shirt with a nice tie and a dark grey suit. It looked fine in my opinion. I like wearing reds sometimes. I really like earthy tones the best and I really could care less if it is manly or masculine. I will wear black if I find something I like. About the only color I am not fond of is green. I will usually wear lighter colors in the warmer months because they are more comfortable. Gee, if we all went around in the buff, none of this would matter, as far as color and clothes...lol. But, I guess the loony fashion dorks would find other thing to compare...lol.
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@winky73 (1396)
• United States
1 Jun 07
I can only come up with one idea why we would assign a gender to specific colors and it's as follows.When you have a baby....you can't tell if it's a boy or girl just by looking at it when the baby is dressed.God forbid you say"what a cute little girl"when it's actually a boy and some mothers are about ready to scratch you eyes out for it.Now we all know that boys are supposed to be blue and girls are supposed to be pink and I'm guessing that somehow this stuck and that's why some colors are assigned a gender. I think it's silly myself....because pink doesn't look good on me.....but I have known some guys that look awsome wearing it.So all in all it's just another cliche that managed to stick around. So as for me....all colors are unisex....as long as the color suits the person wearing it.
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1 Jun 07
I think that society has dictated what colours are associated with men and women and there is't much we can do about this. I think that confident people can wear any colour without worrying.
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@bowtieguy (5931)
• United States
3 Jul 07
Colors are relative, it dosen't matter what gender you are if you want to wear pink then wear pink and so on for the other colors.