Sunday, October 30, 2011

Define Pink


Three things happen when you think of this color.

"Icky!!! Pink is for fussy girls!"

"Pink's okay. It's just a color."

"Pink is for me!!!"

What do you think? Is your opinion formed by your relatives and friends or trends and the culture? If you love pink, is it because it makes you feel feminine or perhaps it makes you feel confident? If you despise pink, is it because you think it makes you seem prissy or weak?

We all have a favorite color. Color has a lot of emotions connected to it! As an art teacher, one of my favorite subjects to talk about is color! I love the way you can express emotion, thoughts, and places through it. I'm always amazed at how colors interact with each other and how color is a science all to itself! Many times our opinions about a color is shaped by our culture and the current trend in the fashion industry.

So do you think pink signifies girlish prissiness and that if you wear pink you will not be considered strong?

Well, personally, I would not think ill of you if you dislike pink, or any color (I may take offense about purple ;), but I would want to know your reason in order to dig to the heart of the subject. It may be that a certain color is not compatible with your skin tone. Pink is considered to be a feminine color, and since the feminist movement, it has been looked down upon (unless supporting breast cancer awareness). Ask any little girl what her favorite color is and 8 out of 10 will say pink. I think pink does play to the softer side of us, and, unfortunately, soft is considered weak in our culture.

The feminist movement took mothers away from the people that love and need them most -- their families. Socialist, idealist Karl Marx played a big role in bringing about the modern feminist movement, and looking around today at the broken families of America and the world, he did a great job. Yet, we cannot point the finger too hard at Marx, or even well-known feminists such as Margaret Sanger, Betty Friedan, or Hillary Clinton.

"To the woman he said, 'I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you'" (bolding mine). Genesis 3:16

This curse was given to Eve after she and her husband disobeyed God and ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The phrase "your desire shall be for your husband" indicates that this desire is not for his affirmation and protection, but for his literal position. God created men and women with the beauties of equality, but just because we are equal, this does not mean we are the same. Cake and cookies both take flour and sugar to make and they both bake in an oven, but one gets eggs and icing, the other gets butter and chocolate chips; in the end, they are both tasty, but very different. Both Adam and Eve were persuaded to become discontented with their present status so they ate the fruit! Yes, they changed their circumstances -- and everyone after them. From perfect communion with God to separation from Him.

Lame? Yeah, but I can't say I would have done any better than Eve.

Looking back at this curse, it seems to me the first feminist was the first woman. From the Garden to today, we have wanted to take man's position, denying the first desires placed in us by God to nurture, train, and make beauty. Most men love the quality women possess to make things beautiful and inviting. That is not to say all of us are interior designers, but as a general rule, little girls set up a dollhouse in perfect order and little boys make a war zone for their Star Wars action figures. (My brother and I had a few fights over this when we were young -- haha.)

If pink expresses those differences in men and women, why not wear it strong and shamelessly? There is now a new generation of mothers and daughters rising up to exemplify true biblical womanhood, saying let's live out the Titus 2 woman! For too long, we have forgotten what it is to be meek. Meekness is strength under control. Now think about that! If you possess strength, but can't control it, what good is it? Silk and Purple wants to show femininity in its true light.

Now pink overdone can make you look like a ball of cotton candy or a flash of hot pink! Done tastefully, you can achieve a beautiful balance! One of my favorite pinks is a dusty rose pink. Pair a pink cardigan with some chocolate or olive slacks or wide-legged jeans and it will be a breath of fresh air! Pink may not be a good color on your skin, so try a peach tone. You don't have to wear pink to be feminine, but don't be afraid of it!

Yay for womanhood. Yay for meekness. Yay for the color Pink! ;)

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