On Color: Pink

Hey everyone!  I’m going to talk about the color pink in this week’s post!  While it isn’t exactly a color I like very much (especially for clothing), I do use it in my art quite frequently.  When you combine different shades of pink with either white or black you get very different feelings from the artwork that can be quite striking.  I find it interesting how different people seem to have a lot of mixed feelings about the color and its connection to femininity…I have yet to observe so much love and adoration and also hatred and disgust directed towards one particular color other than pink.  I personally think that it’s just a color and shouldn’t be used as a way to label or define a person’s identity or sexuality; whether you’re male or female, heterosexual or homosexual, etc., shouldn’t determine if you can wear or use certain colors.  Of course in my following notes I do list off the common terms and ideas pink is associated with in society, but just because most people view it that way, doesn’t mean you have to.


 

PINK

 Unity

Physiological Effect

Studies have confirmed that exposure to large amounts of pink can have a calming effect on the nerves and create physical weakness in people. Violent and aggressive prisoners have been successfully calmed by placing them in a pink room for a specified amount of time. Exposure for too long can have the opposite effect.  Pink also helps muscles relax.

Psychological Effect

Pink has the opposite effect of red. Pink induces feelings of calm, protection, warmth and nurturing. This color can be used to lessen irritation and aggression as it is connected with feelings of love.  Pink calms and reassures our emotional energies, alleviating feelings of anger, aggression, resentment, abandonment and neglect.  A person who constantly wears pink may indicate they have a need for acceptance, support and unconditional love.  Pink is associated with femininity, sweetness, innocence, love, romance, caring, selflessness, comfort, hope, health, nurturing, inexperience, naiveté, silliness, motherhood, compassion, understanding, warmth, intuition, weakness, overly-emotional, overly-cautious, neediness, immaturity, lack of will-power, lack of self-worth, tenderness and softness.  Hot pinks tend to be more sensual and energizing. 

In Politics

Pink is sometimes used by Social Democrats, such as in France and Portugal. The more traditional color of social democracy is red (because social democracy is descended from the democratic socialist movement), but some countries have large social-democratic parties alongside large socialist or communist parties, so that it would be confusing for them all to use red. In such cases, social democrats are usually the ones who give up red in favor of a different color. Pink is often chosen because it is seen as a softer, less aggressive version of red, in the same way that social democracy is more centrist and less militant than socialism.

In some European nations and the United States, pink is associated with homosexuality and the pink flag is used as a symbol in support of civil rights for LGBT people. This goes back to the Nazi German policy of assigning pink triangles to homosexual prisoners.

In Religion & Spirituality

In Catholicism, pink (called rose by the Catholic Church) symbolizes joy and happiness. It is used for the Third Sunday of Advent and the Fourth Sunday of Lent to mark the halfway point in these seasons of penance. For this reason, one of the candles in an Advent wreath may be pink, rather than purple.

Wiccans commonly use the color pink in love spells.  It represents permanent rather than passionate love; compassion and gentleness.  Magenta represents a powerful energy source and transformation.

Pink is also loosely associated with the sign Taurus in astrology; it is also connected to the Snake, Rabbit and Boar in the Chinese Zodiac.

The color pink is also sometimes connected to the Heart Chakra, though green is more common.

The Archangels Raphael, Chamuel and Azrael are also sometimes associated with pink.

Miscellaneous

The “pink ribbon” campaign has created an odd association between breast cancer and the color pink in modern society; the association being strongly positive or strongly negative, depending on who you ask.

By the 1950s, pink was strongly associated with femininity, but to an extent that was “neither rigid nor universal” as it later became.


Thanks for reading, and I hope you all found this fun and insightful!  Check back next week for when I write about the color black!

-V

 

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About V

Artist and astrologer, just making my way through wonderland.
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