If you really think a colour defines your ‘manliness’, I have some news for you!
In this world of judgment, stereotyping, gender-appropriation and misogyny, no one really knows what feminism truly means. They want to support movements like ‘free the nipple’ and yet, they eye girls who wear ‘inappropriate’ clothing and talk about them in hushed whispers. And you know who else is stuck in this confused rut? Me! A man who loves the colour pink!
Let me explain. Only for a second, keep all judgment and sexism aside and think of the logic behind this stereotyping. Who gave genders to colours? Do you use ‘she’ or feminine pronouns when referring to the colour pink and ‘he’ and masculine pronouns for blacks and blues?
Then why is not okay if I want to wear a pink shirt or pants?
Do you remember the times women were mocked for wearing pants, a masculine piece of clothing? Now imagine if in the present time, you saw a girl walking around in jeans and society ridiculed her for not being ‘ladylike’? Sounds pretty sexist, right? Then why is not okay if I want to wear a pink shirt or pants? Why do you suddenly assume I am homo or bi sexual?
It is about being equal in every way. It is about feminism!
Now obviously female rights are far more in danger and that is the topic we need to really be focusing on. But to be honest, this is not just about men wearing pink. This is about changing the same mindset that calls men gay when they wear makeup and women sluts for dressing ‘inappropriately’. This is about banishing gender stereotyping. It is about being equal in every way. It is about feminism!
So I’m going to continue wearing pink. You know what else? I even know the difference between carnation pink and salmon pink. And if you think that makes me any less of a man, you can suck my **** and you’ll know!
Ironing my magenta pink t-shirt,
Author: Zainab Haji