Power of the color Pink

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Jessica McClintock

Girls on the Run

Susan G. Komen 5K


Pink has always been the color associated with femininity. Boys have blue (Primary color), girls have pink (Secondary color), not sure what sex you are buying a baby blanket for....no problem yellow (Primary color). There's a debate right there!

So the first time I was wrapped in a blanket was at the hospital and it was pink. (this was after the doctor had announced that my shoulders were the shoulders of a football player, Then the rest of me came out! No worries doc, I played rugby for UVM instead:)

Anyway, I was the 3rd child of a Vermont family (Go Bernie!) and was born in the 70's...so brown corduroys and plaid skirts were all that I knew. I actually liked brown, for some odd reason (weird I know), but I also loved my plastic high heels I would get at Ames (also weird). Ames is now a debunked department store, similar to a smaller version of Walmart. Besides those plastic high heels and my 'daisy dukes' (I will not put up a link to that show, either you know about it and are ashamed or you feign ignorance, in which in this case ignorance is bliss!), the most feminine things in my closet were if my eldest sister had outgrown her Jessica McClintock shirts. (Her designs were inspired by the 'great outwest' of the 1800's-so little house on the prairie or this classy pirate pic!

As I reached 5th grade, I began to want more frilly things, lace, pink, glitter......but alas that was for my California cousin only. I was a product of Vermont, so climbing trees, making tree forts, and running around the woods was not conducive to lace, pink, or glitter.

In my teens and throughout my 20's I was a classical musician and eventually a music teacher....so everything had to be black. I traded in my love of brown, for a love of black and white.

In my 20's, a friend asked me to join her in volunteering with a group called 'Run, Girl, Run'.

So I did. I'm so thankful for that opportunity.

(There is now a Vermont version called Girls on the Run.)

Run, Girl, Run was a national program that was designed to encourage, train, and talk about issues facing disadvantaged 5-8th grade girls.....in our case rural towns around Vermont. Their colors were pink and purple. Very girly, at that point, to me, but these colors began to grow on me, not for the visual stimulation but for what they represented.

I started feeling that color was more than just color. As a musician you are aware of the Doctrine of Ethos, and how certain keys can stimulate certain feelings/reactions. (The Greek modes=moods, Eb denotes royalty in Beethoven's 3rd symphony....)

However, I had never really studied visual art other than symbolism in the Baroque Era. (That was just to satisfy my nerdy side, and to feel that all my religious upbringing did help on some level:)

After my first Susan G Komen race with Run, Girl, Run, I began incorporating more and more colors into my black and white closet. It started little by little with running/workout clothes. These clothes were black or white tops and a bright colored running skirt of blue or fuchia pink. The pink was definitely my favorite because I felt it was feminine and I felt proud to wear it as a woman. Also I felt I was representing women by running faster than a lot of guys with a skirt on. I still swear by them being the most comfortable articles to wear while running....sorry guys.

I retired from teaching a couple years ago, so traded in my dress clothes for jeans and T-shirts.

My T-shirts have sayings and colors designed by me or other local artists. I love 'girly' colors now: pink, purples, blues, turquoise, greens, yellows, the brighter the better. I love glittery things as well. I have a couple of Tom's that silver and gold glittered. Out of all of these colors I prefer my pinks. Not because it was assigned to me, but because I chose what that color represents. It represents compassion, equality, power, understanding, love.

Pink has gotten some negative press lately, but I will continue to wear it and feel empowered by what it represents!

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