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Have I Gone MAD?

Asked by AllyMay (239points) January 8th, 2009

I went out for lunch today – bought a PINK note book – did I need it ? NOOO. Do I have a bunch already I don’t use? Yes. Was it because it was Pink? Yes! THUS my issue, I can NOT walk away from anything Pink, I am the only one in this city that does a load or two of PINK laundry every week. I thought this pink faze would tapper off as I never liked it one bit as a kid, but when ever I see pink, I feel warm, fuzzy and get super hyper. I even do it with out thinking – everything I do starts with a PINK theme, and if I catch myself I’ll go back and fix it (if it’s for someone else). I also have a PINK hard hat PINK laptop (didn’t need that either, now I have 2 laptops). I rather enjoy being around the colour, I just don’t understand WHY I’ve gone captain retardo over it (its got to be something mental) Now that Valentines Day is around the corner – I have to limit myself to what stores I can go to or else I’ll buy everything! Its wall to wall pink and sparkles for the month of January and half of February. Can anyone explain my relentless obsession with PINK? Do you have a crazy need for something in particular that’s not a necessity?

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elijah's avatar

If pink makes you super happy, and your not going broke from buying things, why not just enjoy it? The world needs more pink!!

asmonet's avatar

Sounds unhealthy.

loser's avatar

Is pink the new black? This isn’t the first time I’ve heard someone say that they needed to have something just because it’s pink. You aren’t alone. I know there are others like you, if that helps.

wundayatta's avatar

Pink??? PINK???? Lady, I think you’ve hit the nail on it’s pink nail polish! You have, indeed, gone mad!

this is, of course, if it isn’t obvious, all said tongue-in-cheek

Grisson's avatar

It sounds like an addiction, but a harmless one. I mean, you don’t have to buy a laptop to indulge it. There are plenty of pink things at the dollar store.

You might consider the effect on your career. The company I work for has pink as a corporate color.

dalepetrie's avatar

I don’t really have any good advice for you, but I understand…I have a CD addiction myself. Just wanted to interject to say I had to give you a great question for “Captain Retardo”

dynamicduo's avatar

I also hated pink as a child, only to develop a great love of it as an adult. Sadly I can’t explain it though.

dalepetrie's avatar

I’m betting the clearance racks on February 15 hold a special allure!

RandomMrdan's avatar

I have an unhealthy addiction to buying electronics. I will buy a new computer probably every year to replace my previous one. In a 2 years period of time, being employed at a microcenter, I’ve spent about 9 grand. I currently have 3 computers…one HP desktop, an iMac, and a Powerbook.

I don’t see the harm in enjoying pink as much as you do…the only dress shirts I wear are usually blue in some way or fashion.

jrpowell's avatar

I’m tempted to make a greasemonkey script that turns webpages pink.

critter1982's avatar

Steven Tyler has the same problem. Perhaps you should talk to him?

wundayatta's avatar

Wow! The photographer writes:

Pink was once a color associated with masculinity, considered to be a watered down red and held the power associated with that color. In 1914, The Sunday Sentinel, an American newspaper, advised mothers to “use pink for the boy and blue for the girl, if you are a follower of convention.” The change to pink for girls and blue for boys happened in America and elsewhere only after World War II. As modern society entered twentieth century political correctness, the concept of gender equality emerged and, as a result, reversed the perspective on the colors associated with each gender as well as the superficial connections that attached to them . Today, with the effects of advertising on consumer preferences, these color customs are a worldwide standard.

Who knew? Is he right?

Grisson's avatar

It probably all started with Barbie.

augustlan's avatar

Pink is a happy color. However, you might want to leave your Hello Kitty credit card at home to limit how much financial damage you can do!

dynamicduo's avatar

daloon, yeah, pink and blue were traditionally boys and girls colors respectively. No reference for it from my side, but there are plenty of others out there.

Siren's avatar

If I may offer an opinion, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. It’s just your quirk, what makes you you. As long as it’s not interfering with other aspects of your life (ie social, career, family, finances) I think it’s fine to be absorbed in the color pink. You may find one day, however, that you’ve suddenly lost interest in that color and are now enamored with the color purple. Or turqoise. Or your obsession is not color at all anymore, but antique cars. I could go on… I won’t

Zaku's avatar


Here’s a pink boy (Gainsborough, 18th Century).

One story about the change in color associations associates the switch with Gainsborough’s Blue Boy painting, or people referring to it.

wundayatta's avatar

@Zaku—those were the days when gentry got all dressed up in lace and feathers. It does look masculine though, and in that picture, the pink didn’t look all that pinky to me—more rose.

However, I can imagine that if the nobles were all foppish and pink, that that sort of style could take both the accessories and the colors over to the feminine gender, in a gradual way.

The blue boy is more austere, nearly puritan in feeling, if the puritans wore anything besides black. Still, both those colors of dress were worn, presumably without risk, at around the same time. How does that explain the change that happened two centuries later?

asmonet's avatar

@daloon: My mother read a study when she was in college that a psych professor gave her about how boys are calmed by pink and girls had the same reaction to blue. I’d completely forgotten, I’m gonna try and dig it up now. :)

Thanks for reminding me.

Allie's avatar

Don’t worry. You are not alone. I also LOVE pink. My FF3 theme is pink! My bed is pink, my notebooks are pink, tons of pink undies (yes, tons). I’m with you on this one, AllyMay. I wonder if it has something to do with the name Allie/Ally.
P.S. – @johnpowell – Pink webpages?!?

Jack79's avatar

Well I like purple. The sort of serious, funeral purple. And I wear a lot of dark green and black, even though I actually hate green (black is ok if you don’t overdo it).

I think perhaps (for whatever reason that we needn’t even discover) pink helps you feel better. It is known that different colours have a different effect on people, and pink is supposed to calm you down and make you feel comfortable. So why don’t you just paint your bedroom pink and get your fill?

millastrellas's avatar

I agree with many. It doesn’t seem to have interfered with your finances, work, relationships, etc. But rather increases your mood in a positive manner. I would love to have a color that I felt that happy about.
Though, I may not love the color pink, I must say I have an obsession with orcas and must have everything orca related. :]

Zaku's avatar

@daloon: You asked, “Still, both those colors of dress were worn, presumably without risk, at around the same time. How does that explain the change that happened two centuries later?”

I am going from semi-recent memory of hearsay and theorizing, but I think the blue boy was notable for blue being unconventional to boys, to either a contemporary or somewhat later conventional aesthetic. There are also various stories about how it shifted in the USA, one of which includes some people referring to Gainsborough as a reference and justification for boys in blue. In any case, it’s the sort of thing that gets shifted in the unconscious group mind that is cultural consensus, so regardless of the specifics, it makes sense for something to take time to shift.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

I am the only one in this city that does a load or two of PINK laundry every week.
for a minute i really thought you meant that you’d purposely match your whites and reds.

but i don’t know, i’ve never met someone so obsessed with a colour, but if it makes you happy…

AllyMay's avatar

@tiffyandthewall – HEY! thats a good idea! I dont have any red clothes tho. lol but I really do have a maybe a pile n a half of pink clothes come the end of the week every week, some of it is my 4 yr olds tho.

So glad I posted this question – I’ve learn SO much. Thanks all!

Loried2008's avatar

You crazy lol

YARNLADY's avatar

Of course not. Here’s a picture of a soldier fighting the war in his pink boxer shorts.

augustlan's avatar

@YARNLADY That picture is awesome!

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