My five-year-old son loves pink clothes and has done from the moment he could see clothes hanging in a shop and knew we had money to buy them. I’ve talked about this on my Facebook page before but here I am again, more than two years later, with the same problem.
I cannot find (easily accessible) pink clothes for boys.
Look, men wear pink business shirts (and I know many of us LOVE a man in a pink business shirt); a local surf lifesaving club up here has fluorescent pink shirts on their members; and male tennis champions (e.g. Nadal, Kyrgios, Federer) are wearing it on the the tennis court. To my knowledge, nothing bad has happened in the world because of these things. No hell broke out, no locusts appeared, no cracks in the mantle of the earth, no worm holes in space. It’s all very normal. But start saying that a little boy wants to wear pink and people start getting shifty… oh, what does that mean? oh, do you think… you know? oh, what are you going to do?
Why can’t young boys were pink too?
Go into any big chain store and most of the smaller ones and you’ll find clothes that are ubiquitously blue, green, black and white with a smattering of red or yellow if you’re lucky, and to be honest, a whole heap of it is ugly. (For the record, I think there are problems with girls’ clothes too, not least the sexualisation of tiny children, but for now we’ll just stick with the boys’ dilemma of lack of choice.)
Why must we take some sort of hard line action on small boys, as though we must FORCE them to realise that THEY ARE BOYS and BOYS simply DON’T wear pink!!! Seriously, what are we afraid of here? Their role models–grown up men with grown up jobs–are wearing it. It’s time, people. It’s time to bring the little boy clothing line to the modern day.
Please, if you are a designer, I want to talk to you. There is a market for this and I am that passionate about it that I on the verge of creating my own clothing line for boys. They deserve choice too.
(Pictures sourced just by googling pink shirts for business, surf lifesavers and male tennis players.)