The other day, I paid a trip to the loo in the library. I had to go through a corridor that branched off at the end (right and left) to two rest rooms – one for the guys and one for the girls. Now, the door was wide open, and so I couldn’t see the signs that say ‘Men’ and ‘Women’. I just saw the inside of both bathrooms. One had pink walls and the other blue.
And I waltzed into the pink-walled one. Without thinking. And when I was inside, I thought…
‘Wait a minute….huh?’ And so I went back and double checked with the sign. Yup. There in bold letters. Women. With a little stick figure too, in case I was in doubt.
Girls = Pink. Guys = Blue.
That’s apparently what Mr. Whoever-built-the-restroom thought. And surprisingly, what a LOT of others (including me, I realized) think too. I find it hilarious. And a little unfair too.
What is about girls that makes people think ‘pink’? I mean, about 10 – 15% of girls are the ‘pink’ type. What’s with the generalization?
I go to Queensway with a couple of friends. We see t-shirts that say I’m a slow learner on the front and back, coupled with a picture of a monkey holding a lit dynamite. We think its cheesily cute and three of us buy the same t-shirt in different colours. Funnily enough, I end up with the pink one; everything else is either too big or too small. And I immediately cringe.
‘I don’t want this one!!!’ I whine.
Curious glances. ‘Why not?’
Raised eyebrows. ‘So….??’
‘It’s a girly colour!! I don’t wanna wear a girly pink t-shirt!’
(Damn you, Mr. Restroom-constructor…)
I buy the t-shirt finally. To prove a point. Pink is NOT girly. Pink is just another regular colour. Mix red and white and you get pink. A colour. Just that.
And when I’m older, I’ll build my very own style of restrooms. In green. All green. For both guys and girls. Cuz it’s the right thing to do.