Photos taken today in various high street stores

boys are busy being scruffs ...

boys are busy being scruffs ...

Learning how to be a snow queen (at vast expense)

Learning how to be a snow queen (at vast expense)

The 'Dreamy dressing table', the 'Styling head', and a vanity case complete with make-up - learning what exactly?

The 'Dreamy dressing table', the 'Styling head', and a vanity case complete with make-up - learning what exactly?

Princess t-shirt (front) from BHS

Princess t-shirt (front) from BHS

... and the back

... and the back

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14 responses to “Photos taken today in various high street stores

  1. You should supply sick bags with a post like this. Eurghh.

    Oh well, time to go back to revamping my little girl’s room while she’s at her dad’s for the week. I’m doing her a starscape, because “Saturn is my favourite planet, mummy!”

  2. Ick ick ick. I don’t mind a bit of pink, but the overwhelming nature of the ELC stuff scares me. And that t shirt is hideous.

  3. I so wanted the back of that t-shirt to read “So don’t make me one”

    Actually, the first thing I wanted it to say was, “SO NER!”

  4. I think there’s more important issues that this world is facing other than “girls wearing pink”. If you don’t like girly clothes, then don’t buy them for your child. We have children dying overseas, healthcare issues and a threat to our social security and we’re worriend about this? Newsflash: The last study I read stated that GIRLS AND BOYS ARE DIFFERENT!!!!

    • Whilst I agree there are many, very important issues to concern us I think you may have missed the point of the PinkStinks capaign which isn’t simply a dislike of the colour. To me it’s about the socialisation, expectations and general moulding of our sons and daughters. When girls are consistently expected to be fluffy and ‘girly’ and offered little or no alternative roles, or surrounded by other girls that are fluffy and ‘girly’ they often do end up with that image of themselves or the desire (fuelled by marketing) to be just like their peers. As a parent and woman I am extremely grateful there is something I can do, here, now, in this country to try influence this.

  5. I agree with Charlene. I think girls should be allowed to wear what they like, including PINK! I know this poor girl, whose mother is like the people of this blog, and will not buy pink or “girly” things for her. The girl is miserable! She really likes all those things. She’s only 4, and her dad has to smuggle tutus, and other things she actually likes. When I was growing up, I hated pink, so my parents never forced me to wear it, well, I think the reverse is just as valid.

  6. I dressed my girls in non-pink until they were 4 or so and choose pink for themselves. BUT… now at grandma age I’m horrified when shopping to see nothing in toys and clothes but this “sickly super pink” everywhere. They say that it’s what little girls want, but how can they choose anything else, it’s just not there!! Pink is fine, but it should be one of many colours available.

  7. I’m so proud of my daughter. She has been a pink refuser since the age of 7. It made clothes shopping in the UK really tricky. Trying to buy underwear that isn’t pink or sexed up is close to impossible here. Thankfully, we have relatives in continental Europe, so we bought clothes on visits. But they are trying to sex up girls there, too. My daughter certainly doesn’t have any issues with self-confidence. I have a pink, princess shirt in my cupboard. It’s the ultimate punishment – I just threaten to stand at the school gates wearing that. I’ve never had to wear it. I find a lot of parents here very strange. They are extremely anxious about paedophiles – but at the same time they don’t have any problem sexing 7/8 year olds up for a school disco. Why do they do that? Why do people think 7/8 year olds need discos? What’s all this bizarre ‘princess’ stuff about? It’s not just the colour pink – it’s the whole picture. Girls are being turned into plastic dolls; prancing around talking about shoes, handbags and shopping. It makes my skin crawl. We’re saving ourselves abroad. I’m finding it too difficult to find people I can talk to about important and relevant things. My daughter can’t wait to play outside with proper children.

  8. I really don’t like pink and all this princess stuff, but my two girls (5 and 3) are CRAZY about it.
    Probably it’s just because they want to be just like every other girl, I try to let them develope their own mind and taste, but what’s wrong in making them happy and let them wear what they like? I just have enough issues in prohibiting lipstick 😦

  9. My parent’s ultimate threat is to give me pink princess pjs for christmas. I sometimes like discos but only about twice a year (and I’m just about to go into my early teens). I love wearing combats and hoodies playing soul calber on the psp. I even wear that at discos!! I seriously don’t get the point of the view that only girls can play with dolls. My uncle used to swap his cars with my mum’s dolls house!!

  10. Elizabeth Bentley

    Thank you so much for this campaign. I would also like to draw your attention to the covers of books – so many of the ones aimed at young girls (up to 14/15 or so) are pink. Many of these books would also be enjoyed by boys, but they are understandably put off from carrying a pink book, and at the same time girls who do read them are being labeelecd as girly.

  11. When I first heard about this campaign I was confused. Pink is a colour, a popular one. I felt angry and a bit annoyed with this campaign. I judged it by the title; Pinkstinks. It’s enough to make any pink-lover angry. Most little girls happen to like princesses, fairies and pretty things. It’s just a phase they go through at young age. I understand it’s horrifying that they have t-shirts with attitude writing for little ones but it hardly has anything to do with the colour. And when someone says pink encourages underage pregnancy, pink is the reason why girls want to be wags and models I say no. It is not because of the colour pink it’s mostly to do with immodesty of many clothes for girls these days. It doesn’t matter what colour (these days its mostly black, silver, gold, denim or neon colours) just so long as it’s short, tight and revealing. I think you should definitely give this campaign a different approach. Also pink is the colour for breast cancer charities. Pink is a femenine colour. Pink is a popular colour. From walking into town I don’t see total pink overdose in the shops. Anyway there are more important things in the world than the colour of girls clothes. i.e hunger, war, cancer..etc.

  12. But I do understand exactly what you are trying to say. Girls are being turned into plastic dolls. By calling you campaign pinkstinks not many people are going to be supporting you because pink is so popular.

  13. We like our name. It gets people talking. It’s just a name. And we have thousands of supporters who understand what we are talking about! Thanks for your comments. 🙂

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