‘Pink is for Boys’ is a photographic series made to break the colors of gender stereotyping. It is generally accepted that blue is for boys and pink is for girls, but why?
Gender stereotyping starts the moment the sex of the child is known. By the 1980s, the gender test, a test used to determine the sex of the baby, was introduced to the world. Once the sex is determined parents, family and friends purchase pink related gifts for a girl, while boys will receive blue gifts. Separate clothes and toys for boys and girls were and still are marketed towards parents and have yet to be abolished. If the toy isn’t operated with your genitalia, it is for either girls or boys.
The stereotypes and norms placed on children are limiting their choices. Girls will believe that they must stick to stereotypically feminine activities such as ‘cooking’ or ‘cleaning’. This also applies to boys and the pressure of ‘being a man’ and ‘being tough’.
The gender stereotype behind pink and blue is a danger to children and exposes children to prejudice at such a young age. Children shouldn’t feel pressured by their parents, or anyone for that manner, to dress a certain way, act a certain way, or live a certain way. CHILDREN ARE CHILDREN.
I strongly believe colors have no gender. Featured in this series is a set of images, showcasing a male under a pink light, presented in a feminine way. This is deemed as ‘unusual’ or ‘different’ in comparison to what is expected by males in today’s society. I wanted this series to empower those who don’t conform to gender stereotypes and norms, and to spread the message about ‘pink and blue’.
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Australian photographer Georgia Seizis started taking photos when she was 13 years old. Being someone who was interested in art; throughout her life, she’d create, whether drawing, painting or making short videos. But it was through photography that she was able to express herself in the truest form. Georgia often uses her photography to spread awareness or create discussion through her work, being someone who loves to propose a question to the viewer. Film is an art form Georgia continues to use, and prefers over digital as “the unknown is what makes film amazing”.
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