Sunday, February 24, 2013

Seeing Pink


Two Canadian boys, David Shepherd and Travis Price, stood up for a Grade 9 boy who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt.  They bought 50 pink tank tops and encouraged their male classmates to wear them as a protest to bullying. 
Wednesday Feb 27th  is PinkShirtDay.ca .  The site reports that a child is bullied every seven seconds in Canada.  Pink is a significant colour.
Men have been brain washed to know that pink is associated with being a girl, being feminine.  Before boys have reached their cribs, blue is their assigned colour.
Here’s some more “pink” facts:
During the World Wars, men imprisoned under accusations of being gay were forced to work a pink triangle which pointed up.  A hot pink triangle, pointed down, is now worn with ‘pride”.
 “The elephant in the room” is an expression used to refer to a topic that should be “swept under the rug” and has been used in anti-stigma campaigns regarding mental health. 
However, the mental health elephant is pink. “Seeing pink elephants” is a euphemism for hallucinations and was used by Disney’s elephant Dumbo who accidentally becomes drunk and sees a parade of pink elephants.
Lastly “in the pink” is a British expression meaning good health.
No statistic are needed, we hear regularly of teens that have submitted to suicide because of bullying and its contribution to mental illness. So, if male or female, let’s get pink out of the closet and talk about the elephant in the room so we can all experience good health.

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