Saturday, May 22, 2010

Which Came First?

Imagine a caveman at work on his cave paintings, he mixes together a little iron oxide and lime and makes pink.  Does he think "hmm, this go in daughter's cave".  Do we grow up learning that pink is a more feminine color or would we just naturally respond to it that way?   If we paint prison walls pink does it calm the prisoners?  And if so does it just have a naturally calming effect or does it remind the prisoner of Grandma's powder room or frosted cupcakes  and these things do not connect with bad behavior.  I once bought my husband a shirt that was yellow and blue (when he had a job that required the wearing of a tie) and a little too flamboyant for him.  He wore it once and gave it to Goodwill.  He swears the shirt was pink.  Pink may well be the most one of the most polarizing colors.  You don't dress your baby boy in pink, paint your house pink (unless you're in the John Cougar song Little Pink Houses) or paint your pick-up truck pink unless you're really making a statement.  You do put pink roses on a birthday cake, dress little girls in pink tutus, wear pink lipstick and plant pink roses.  It's a color  you choose carefully.  You don't fall back on it because it's safe, it's far too powerful.  It's strength lies in it's connotations.  When our caveman mixed up his first batch of pink pigment he knew he couldn't paint animals with it, it wasn't a practical color it was an extraneous luxurious color.  A color to delight in.



  1. Welcome to Pink Saturday. You have put PINK in a whole new light for me with the caveman. Very clever. Love the pink tutu.

  2. Welcome to Pink Saturday, Debbie! Clever post! Cute tutu and I love the tea pot with the plant in it! Have a wonderful weekend.


  3. I like your What Came First! Beautiful
    blog also!

    Flora Doora

  4. isn't that funny about pink? Someone told me once it is stickly an American cultural thing. I don't know. But I do know that when my little boy arrived home to us from Korea he had a HanBok (traditional korean clothing) given to him by his foster family. It was pink. And he looked darling in it!

  5. Hi & Welcome to Pink Saturday!! Sweet pink tu-tu :) Have a great weekend, warmest, Brenda

  6. Welcome,welcome to Pink Saturday. I loved your post,for Pink is indeed a special color..and special are those who love the color. Happy Pinks and have a great weekend.

  7. Pink-is there any other colour? Welcome to Pink Saturday!

  8. Yeah, I think it's all about socialization and culture. But, how could you not LOVE pink?!

    Happy PS,

  9. Welcome to Pink Saturday. Hugs

  10. Funny, that you should mention that about houses. One of my first boyfriends lived in a little pink house, and I think that might have been half the attraction to him. I was wild about pink! I still want a pink house, and one day, I shall have it! Granted it might be a doll house. LOL!

    Happy Pink Saturday and WELCOME!


    Sheila :-)

  11. Tutu cute! Welcome to Pink Saturday!

  12. Those are some excellent thoughts...and very true! It's definitely not a "safe" color :) Thanks for taking the time to share that and I hope you have a wonderful day!


  13. According to wikipedia, Pink was considered a boys colour around 1920-1940. Associating pink as only a feminine shade is a new concept! Who'da thought it? Happy Pink Saturday <3

  14. Welcome to Pink Saturday!

    Love your cupcake sing.
    Happy Pink Saturday!


  15. Cute pink post.

    Love the sign.


    barbara jean

  16. Welcome to Pink Saturday! Hope you have a terrific weekend and you love the land of pink as much as I do!

  17. You know, I've heard that many years ago baby boys were dressed in pink and the girls in blue. I'm so glad it got changed around because I am just drawn to anything pink and I am all girl, through and through. Welcome to Pink Saturday!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  18. Happy Pink Saturday-so glad to see all of your lovely pinks!

    Best wishes,

    PS One of my hubby's favourite ties is pink and he always gets so many compliments when he wears it!

  19. Welcome to your first Pink Saturday, Debbie. I am so happy you decided to join us.

    I loved reading your post. It was so fun and so interesting. I grew up in south Florida, and you do see houses painted pink there. In fact, the house we lived in when I was a teenager was a pretty pale pink.

  20. This was a clever pink post! Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful wisdom! Welcome to pink Saturday and please come join me soon. Anne

  21. Good post, food for thought. Hope your Pink week is going well, happy belated PS.