The Colors of Gender Thanks to Modern Marketing and Ancient Ancestors

From the day you were born, even before conception, there are beliefs and stereotypes that are attached to gender.

Let’s consider the color continuum for gender. Pink is for girls and blue is for boys. Right? Where did this begin? Who decided which colors belong to which gender?

Here is a brief trip through history. In the 1800’s all babies, male and female, wore white “dresses” in infancy. Thus, babies were gender neutral. These sacks were easy for changing diapers and to bleach when they became dirty.

Then around the 1920’s Western parents began dressing the little ones in colors. Pink was associated with boys. Yes, you heard me, boys. Here is the rationale: red is a bold and brave color and too strong for children so, boys got the watered-down version…pink.

Blue, a more subdued color was for girls. And by the way, blue was associated with the Virgin Mary, thus a color of purity. Just saying!

Toxic Woman At Work

Dear Dr. Sylvia,

The past few weeks have been like living in a super hot hell. There have been a ton of arguments and drama, mainly because one woman wants her way and is dividing our staff (we only have 20 people working on-site).

There is Team A (Suzie’s team) and Team B (my team). It is evenly split with 10 for Suzie and 10 for me, Samantha. No real work is getting done. The issues are so stupid I don’t even want to mention them. It is, so my friends at other organizations tell me, not that different from what they have experienced.

However, it is getting worse. Untrue comments are flying around (on both sides I might add) and the two of us are having a meeting with HR at the end of this week.

HELP!

Leadership Lessons: Is There A “Perfect” Anything?

I recently wrote a post about “Seek Perfection, Get Frustration.”

What I had to say was right on. In USA Today dated Friday February 13, Sportscaster Steve DiMeglio discussed Tiger Woods. You know, ‘THE Tiger Woods,’ who could do no wrong on the golf course for years and years.

Woods announced that he won’t return to the PGA Tour until he is playing “well enough to challenge the best in the world.” He will now begin the hard work of changing how he swings, how he stands, how he plays.

The article goes on to say “What Tiger has done is sacrifice a winning swing at the altar on a quest for the perfect swing. And a perfect swing doesn’t exist.”

Read the entire article here