Girly Girl (PART II of My Husband’s PINK Cast)

Doug’s cast isn’t the first one in our family. Last year in 1st grade, Ani fractured her arm falling off the slide at school. She, too, faced the choice of picking a cast color. She, however, consciously stayed away from pink explaining “pink is too ‘girly’, too bad orange isn’t a choice … I’m going with white.” When I inquired further about her ideas on girly, she explained girly meant “princess-y and weak.” I was surprised she felt that way about pink after being submerged in our family culture where pink is for everyone. But I was absolutely mortified that my little girl associates girly with being weak!

How did the expression “girly girl” become about weakness? And what images does “womanly” conjure up? Soft? Curvy? Baking in the kitchen? Was there a boy expression? I thought back to all the times when my kids were really little and I would hear parents talking about their toddler sons, describing them as “all boy”. “Oh yeah”, they would say, “my son is ‘all boy’; he is all about trucks and balls and running down other kids; what a rough and tumble lad.” It was indeed true: “All boy”, “boyish”, and “manly” are all associated with strength, action, and power. It just didn’t seem right for there to be such black & white thinking about feminine and masculine.


And that’s when it all came together in my head. My business, Handsome in Pink, was going to reclaim “Girly Girl” and give girls and women everywhere a different vision of what being girly really is. I spoke with my business partner, Helena, who is the artist amongst us. We decided we were going to take each letter of Girly Girl and tell a different story for girls.


The Girly Girl shirts are currently in printing and should be out and ready for the Girly Girl revolution in the next couple weeks. We are so excited! It’s the next phase of Handsome in Pink— it’s Strong, Athletic, Artistic, Intelligent Girly Girls in Blue! Can’t wait to wear mine!


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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Rose (Friday, 14 March 2014 19:36)

    Jo, thanks for sharing this story! It’s a great reminder about the roles we (and society) may automatically assign to ourselves and our significant other! As the mother of two boys I strive to steer clear of the expected and focus instead on the reality of modern day family life! It’s worth the fight if our children can grow up with fewer obsolete expectations put upon them.

  • #2

    Liz (Friday, 14 March 2014 19:36)

    Ha! I can totally relate to the faulty smoke alarm investigation. Keith was not injured, but out of town, and it randomly went off in the middle of the night and I was forced to get out of my cozy bed and investigate.

  • #3

    baby love (Friday, 14 March 2014 19:37)

    Thanks for the story!
    I would love to share one of them on my blog!

  • #4

    johadley (Friday, 14 March 2014 19:38)

    Feel free to share! Thank you!

  • #5

    Alphonso Burdsal (Friday, 14 March 2014 19:39)

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  • #6

    Review Lenovo Vibe X2 (Sunday, 22 March 2015 03:07)

    That a good story.. Thanks for sharing.

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