When a baby is born, parents typically paint their room pink or blue, depending on the gender. When kids receive presents on their birthdays, the gifts are typically wrapped in a scheme of pink or blue, depending on the gender. When a person walks into a clothing store, the “MEN” and “WOMEN” sections of the store seems to exclude certain colors, depending on the gender.

I read an article online about certain color schemes in homes and…

“Words associated with masculinity include strong, silent, handsome and rugged. Colors that are defined with these characters are also perceived as masculine … Colors with feminine appeal are often described as sweet, lovely, beautiful and romantic. Although many colors can be described with these words, consider colors such as peach, pink, coral and rose to have feminine influences.”

Last time I checked, I know very strong, silent, attractive, and rugged women. And last time I checked, I know very sweet, lovely, beautiful, and romantic men. Don’t let a stereotypical color scheme keep you from wearing or using the colors you love.

So boys, wear that pink or purple shirt you’ve been wanting to wear.

And girls, paint your room the dark blue you’ve always dreamed of.

The color wheel doesn’t discriminate!

With arms wide open,

Tess Emerson