Wednesday, 7 November 2012

EU wants to ban pink bedrooms for girls

The genetic imperative in young girls for pink is hard-wired; for the past ten thousand years almost every girl has been unable to resist mixing red and white, whether to smear pink handprints on a sleeping-niche in a cave or paint every surface in a suburban bedroom. Permitting them to do so is, in the view of FEMM, the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, to encourage gender stereotyping. From 2014, all girls' bedrooms should be painted in EU standard colour RAL7006 Beige-Grey.

Well, not quite. But their latest draft report on eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU amounts to almost this; they call for an end to all 'gender discriminatory' TV advertising, which means showing ads of boys in pink clothes playing with Barbie and ads of girls in lumberjack shirts firing plasma lasers from Destroyer Deathship IV. Any school text depicting traditional families should be banned. Fire brigades should impose a quota for lady firemen, and refuse should be scattered on our garden paths by lady binmen in equal numbers. And so on.

If you thought this sort of wasteful gumph had passed its sell-by date, not in Brussels, apparently. And now they're all off to Tunisia on a freebie fact-finding mission and to persuade Tunisian women to take up their AK47s and leave the men by the cooking-fire to make dinner.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Originally Pink was for boys and blue for girls, it changed in the 17th Century.

Anonymous said...

Its a German thing, inanimate referents up to a certain age lasses are 'neuter' and homogeneity - doncha jus' lurve it? It's a all a Blur:

Girls who are boys
Who like boys to be girls
Who do boys like they�re girls
Who do girls like they�re boys

Anonymous said...

"But their latest draft report on .."

Daft?

And it's not 'gender equality' rather entrenching female privilege.

Anonymous said...

Pink for boys didn't change as early as the C17th. It was still a shade of red, and therefore the manly colour, in the C19th, and bright pink would be for boys into the C20th when "pastel" colours were for girls and women and "strong" colours for boys. In fashion and interior decoration pink for girls and blue for boys didn't take off until the late 1930s (my Granny says). In Britain, infants' clothing was still "gender neutral" before then, who hasn't seen pictures of little boys in white dresses? And blue is delicate, dainty and calm, like girls. It is the colour associated with the virgin Mary. It is a passive colour. It is the colour of the sky, so therefore flighty, like girls. Of course in the 1990s neon pink (along with all the other neons) was a fashionable colour for boys and girls and I have male friends who wore bright pink then with no attendant comment on their gender identity. Raedwald I know that this comment is missing your point, but to illustrate your point by saying "But boys like blue!" (or but girls like pink!, as you did) does weaken the post.

Ed P said...

There will not be true equality until all girls have penises! The EU, famous for its graft, should be able to arrange this.

Demetrius said...

In the "Likely Lads" of the 1960's and 70's, very genderish then, Terry had a thing about women in uniform, especially Traffic Wardens. But as I go about I see very little variety these days in female apparel, either in colour or in style. These are certainly age group related but all a bit grim, dark and very lacking in feminity. That seems to be now only found in transgender former males.

Sue said...

Oh dear, my little granddaughter is the epitome of "girlie". Everything in her life is PINK! My daughter is an engineer so it's not as if she's been cajoled into this, it's been her choice for over 2 years now (she is now 5). I certainly would not stop her pink passion, I happen to quite like pink myself!

Bill Quango MP said...

Went to a birthday party at a house where the girls were 3 and 5. No boy children in the household so no guns or boys toys.

Predictably, after a while, the boys at the party removed the poles from a wigwam and used them as swords.

I've seen this sort of thing time and time again. I was amazed that my daughter liked pink and princesses and ponies and rainbow unicorns from birth.

And my son likes pirates and dinosaurs and cars and trains and so on.

They choose their own stuff. I never forced him to pick spiderman Pjs. he picked them out himself. Same as she chose peppa pig at the same age.

now my girl is 9 she is quite anti-pink. But that's because she is 'grown up'.

This sort of nonsense that the Eu is waffling bout was discredited in the 80s.
Any normal parent knows its all balls within a few months of their babies birth.

lilith said...

What is amazing is that the EU is discussing this stuff at all, given the state of the union nations.

I bought Calfy some blue pyjamas when she was three. She rejected them, not because they were blue, but because they had a tiny floral print.

Ian Hills said...

It's bad enough that feminists try to bring their sons up to hate anything masculine, and their daughters to be imitation boys. But when the EU gets in on the act as well, these poor little neurotics will become tomorrow's politicians. And that IS freaky.

Starship Fighter said...

I have tried as hard as I can to discourage 'pinkness' in both of my daughters, hoping beyond hope that, despite fathering only girls, I would still be able to ensure at least one of them would willingly accompany me to the British Grand Prix, or to Bramall Lane for the football, but no. It really hasn't worked. Whether the effect is inate or I simply didn't try hard enough I have two of the girliest girls you could ever meet...

Anonymous said...

As we all know, anything that comes out of the EU is all a load of cock (or should that be fanny?) As such it should be ignored and looked upon as irrelevant. Just like the rest of the EU.

Coney Island

. said...

BQ has it spot on. I saw a prog on the tellybox a while back where some reasonably respectable psychologists studied children's innate behaviour. Boys went for tanks and guns, girls went for fluffy dolls. This behaviour is not enforced on us by a sick and evil culture.

BE

Budgie said...

As a parent I can vouch for the fact that boys and girls are different from a few weeks from birth. The differences were not so much in the colours they chose (I didn't actually notice or analyse this) but the girls talked a lot and the boys did a lot.