Mom Buying Barbie for Son Writes Open Letter to Woman Who Gave Her ‘the Look’

It all started with boys wearing pink or red because the colors were seen to indicate strength, while girls wore blue because they were “flighty” like the sky.

A 1918 editorial called “Pink or Blue” wrote:

“There has been a great diversity of opinion on the subject, but the generally accepted rule is pink for the boy and blue for the girl. The reason is that pink being a more decided and stronger color is more suitable for the boy; while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.”

But we’ve come a long way since then – about 100 years later – and those colors don’t mean a think anymore – or shouldn’t.

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Boys can play with dolls, girls can play with trucks.

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Maria Lianos Carbone

Maria Lianos-Carbone is owner of, a leading lifestyle blog for women. Her first book, "Oh Baby! A Mom's Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year" will be published Spring 2018. Follow Maria on Instagram @amotherworld.

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