As a quick over view I researched what sort of things pink has been used for in history.
While it seems that now, the obvious gender for the colour pink seems to be female, it never used to be. It was only by the 1950’s that females were especially associated with the colour pink, specifically young females. Before that in the 18th century it was normal for men and boys to wear pink, as it was seen as a paler red – a “warlike” colour. Pink and blue were the colours for youth, so rather than pink being specifically for girls and blue for boys, the two colours were used in general for young children.
The colour pink also seems to have a connection with sexual orientation. In the 1930’s and 1940’s, homosexuals were forced wear a pink triangle badge on themselves to clearly label and shame who they are. More recently the pink triangle has been reclaimed as a badge of pride. Interestingly, the news site that I have been researching from is an LGBTQ news site called “Pink News”. Other organisations and terms in relation to the LGBTQ+ community also often use the colour pink ; Pink Pistols , Pink TV, The Pink Paper and the Pink Pound.
As well as the pink triangle, pink is used in quite a few of sexual orientations flags. The original version of the LGBT iconic “rainbow” flag, apparently originally had a pink stripe that represented “sexuality”. However it had to be taken out, as there was a lack of fabric availability in hot pink at the time of it being designed (1978 by Gilbert Baker).
In the bisexual flag, the pink colour is again used to represent attraction to the same sex. The blue is attraction to the opposite sex and the purple is the overlap of both. It’s interesting that here again, the pink is used as a representation of homosexuality in comparison to the blue heterosexuality.
Interestingly, the colours in the pansexual flag are used to represent gender. As someone who personally identifies as pansexual, I find it strange that the colours are used to represent gender, when the orientation is based off the idea that gender doesn’t matter. Even more interestingly is that pink is used to represent female, blue for male, and yellow for non-binary/gender fluid.
As a female and someone who is part of the LGBT community, these associations are really interesting to me and are things that I definitely want to explore further. However I may need to decide between exploring one or the other, rather than both, as I feel that if I try to do both, I won’t have enough time to explore them properly.