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Women really do prefer pink, researchers say
« on: August 20, 2007, 07:21:16 PM »
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070820/sc_ ... _gender_dc

LONDON (Reuters) - Boys like blue, girls like pink and there isn't much anybody can do about it, researchers said on Monday in one of the first studies to show scientifically that there are gender-based color preferences.

Researchers said these differences may have a basis in evolution in which females developed a preference for reddish colors associated with riper fruit and healthier faces.

Recent studies have suggested there is a universal preference for "blue," and there has not been much previous evidence to support the idea of sex differences when picking colors, said Anya Hurlbert, a neuroscientist at Newcastle University who led the study.

"We speculate that this sex difference arose from sex-specific functional specialization in the evolutionary division of labor," she wrote in Current Biology. "There are biological reasons for liking reddish things."

In the study, the researchers asked a group of men and women to look at about 1,000 pairs of colored rectangles on a computer screen in a dark room and pick the ones they liked best as quickly as possible.

Afterwards, Hurlbert and colleagues plotted the results along the color spectrum and found that while men prefer blue, women gravitate towards the pinker end of the blue spectrum.

"Women have a very clear pattern. It's low in the yellow and green regions and rises to a peak in the purplish to reddish region," she said.

Hurlbert believes women's preference for pink may have evolved on top of a natural, universal preference for blue.

"When you add it together you get the colors they intrinsically like, you get bluish red, which is sort of lilac or pink," she said.

For men, thinking about colors was less important because as hunters they just needed to spot something dark and shoot it, Hurlbert said.

As for Eve, Hurlbert added, maybe there was a different reason she picked that apple.

"Red was the color of a good ripe fruit," Hurlbert said.
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2007, 10:43:54 PM »
I always figured men didn't pick pink since it reminds us of women... stuff.. and instead picked blue because it reminds us of the free, adventurous open air (and sea).
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2007, 12:25:06 AM »
Quote from: "Sizz"
I always figured men didn't pick pink since it reminds us of women... stuff..

Women... stuff?
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2007, 01:13:24 AM »
I think he meant women's stuff or girly stuff
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2007, 07:09:00 AM »
That's actually very interesting. I wonder if it would change from different backgrounds and such. For example, Native Aborigines never really picked fruit, they simply hunted for food. Maybe Aborigines would turn out a different result.

But however it is in the human gene to copy and females might pick up pink from each other.
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2007, 08:02:15 AM »
Thats a lie!
I hate pink, always have and always will :twisted:






but not rly :oops:
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2007, 08:31:51 AM »
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Thats a lie!
I hate pink, always have and always will :twisted:




but not rly :oops:



Haha - and your avatar is soooo not pink  :D
I prfer blue myself, but I have to admit that I own a pink t-shirt, a set of pink underwear AND my hairbrush is PINK
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2007, 05:26:57 PM »
ummm

my favorite color is blue...
blueeee
not pink
i dont like pink
unless its pink trim on black
but thats mostly black
so

yeah
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2007, 05:06:52 AM »
and yet you have in your sig: "vote for the pink fluffy" :D
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2007, 05:46:13 AM »
hahaha, so thats Leah, Dev, and Cookie all liking pink, how incriminating. What about Talia though?
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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2007, 05:52:09 AM »
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hahaha, so thats Leah, Dev, and Cookie all liking pink, how incriminating. What about Talia though?

I love pink! I was the one who designed the banner for pink fluffy (and wanted to paint the hall pink). I also happen to have lots of clothing that is pink, and pink shoes :D yays!
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« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2007, 04:28:01 PM »
My daughter chose pink as her favorite color almost from the time she was a baby, and without overexposure to said color - My wife's favorite color is not pink, and I sure don't own any pink clothing!!  My daughter only had one pink blanket as a baby, and a few stuffed animals with pink on them, but one of her first words was "pink" and if you asked her what color the world is she would say pink!  (She is three now and she started talking about the color pink when she was two!!)   :wave:
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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2007, 12:38:37 AM »
I know that Arn doesn't like pink. well she does have this nightshirt that is Pink, but that is beside the question. It's not something she would be caught out in public with. She seems to like black.
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« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2007, 01:10:35 AM »
That's becos u called Dark. so tht cannot be counted :P
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