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People seem to think that girls are genetically pre-disposed to love pink, and that to say that there’s something wrong with everything for girls being made in pink is somehow denying girls’ human rights. Well, when I was a kid, girls liked lots of different colours. Some liked pink, it’s true, but we all wore lots of different colours 1. I also think that girls played with a greater variety of toys. I was a real tomboy (I’m sure that surprises no-one), and although I did have a few dolls, I also played with Lego, Meccano, my brother’s toy cars and planes, and I made tree-houses and go-carts. I find it a bit creepy that some people seem to think that it’s perfectly normal for little girls to be obsessed with only one colour.

“I like pink, but when you just want something in a different colour, all the choice for girls is pink! So I sometimes even end up getting the boy’s ones, because I would rather have blue than pink!” – Ella, 11, on Newsround, December 2009

(Not much has changed. If you search Early Learning Centre for “toys for girls”, you find a page of pink: the “toys for boys” have a much wider ranger of colours.)

The Unione Sportiva Città di Palermo is the top-ranked Sicilian football club, currently playing in Serie A, the top level of Italian football.

Their colours are pink and black.

Citta di Palermo logo citta di Palermo

Citta di Palermo fans

“There’s been,” says Abi Moore, a 38-year-old freelance television producer, “a wholesale pinkification of girls. It’s everywhere; you can’t escape it. And it needs to change. It sells children a lie – that there’s only one way to be a ‘proper girl’ – and it sets them on a journey, at a very, very early age. It’s a signpost, telling them that beauty is more valued than brains; it limits horizons, and it restricts ambitions.”

When the Math & Computer Building celebrated its official opening in 1968, a giant 85 foot pink tie appeared on the outside of the building as a tribute to Professor Stanton and his valued contributions. Every year, new Math students learn to worship the tie and all it symbolizes.

Mathies Pink Tie

Math students take the legend of the pink tie very seriously and more than 1000 pink ties are distributed during Orientation Week to new Mathies. Over the years, the tie has seen various styles, ranging from an historical wide version popular in the 60s, to the skinny style favoured during the 80s. (A collection of photos and pink tie memorabilia can be viewed in the MathSoc office.)

Since 1968, the pink tie has become a sign of strength and unity in the Faculty of Mathematics. The Faculty was the first of its kind (having originally been part of the larger Faculty of Arts) and UW currently has the world’s highest full-time enrollment in mathematics. UW students, staff, and faculty members alike are proud of the Faculty and especially the Legend of the Pink Tie. – University of Waterloo, Canada

“I don’t like pink at all!! It is very pretty but not nice. I find it really annoying when I go to buy something in the shop and everything for girls is pink! I like greens and blues and reds but they are all boys colours! Pink stinks!!” – Aisling, 12, on Newsround, December 2009

The Pretoria Bulls are the most successful team in Super Rugby/Super 15 – the largest professional Rugby union contest in the Southern Hemisphere. Their team shirts for away matches are pink and purple.

Pretoria Bulls union rugby

Little girls like pink; it is part of their innocent charm, not an indication that they plan to waste their lives in “pretty-pretty jobs”, whatever they might be. –Anonymous Telegraph View, December 2009

The Panzerjägers were the German anti-tank troops. The colour edgings on their uniform were pink.

Panzerjäger Oberleutnant shoulder boards

If you think we’re just messing with you, there’s an example of one such impossible color that most people can perceive without playing complicated tricks on their brain. We call it pink. Pink is an unholy mixture of red and violet that doesn’t appear on the rainbow any more than bluish yellow does. Seeing pink is basically the color equivalent of seeing ghosts. (from The 5 Weirdest Sixth Senses Humans Have (Without Knowing It) |

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