BBC Radio: “Fighting the Power of Pink”

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I had the privilege of being quoted in a BBC radio show called "Fighting the Power of Pink."  Here is how the BBC describes the piece:

Any parents of a little girl will tell you that they are strangely drawn to the color pink. But is it in their genes or is it all down to culture? Kat Arney investigates, talking to parents, scientists, and the toy industry. She discovers that while women are more drawn than men to reddish shades of blue, boys and girls don't seem to develop different preferences until they are over the age of two. But long before then, they have very different preferences for toys. So maybe we all just like different colours because we like the things that come in those colours. Or maybe women really do prefer pink because in the distant past they needed to be able to see red berries against green leaves, while men needed to see brown bison against a blue sky?

It will only be available for 6 days so give it a listen.  It's worth your time.  Click here to hear it.

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  1. Great interview and always an interesting topic. I may have missed it in the show, but didn’t hear them address the topic that the color ‘assignments’ were reversed prior to WWII – or so I have read.
    From around 1914 apparently pink was decidedly associated with boys, since it was seen as reddish and aggressive, while blue was associated with girls! Fascinating that it did a 180 in the mid 1940s into the format that we are discussing today.

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