For my friends in the Washington, DC area, I will be giving a "Pink and Blue" talk this afternoon at 4:30 at McKeldin Library on the U of Maryland campus.
I have learned so much since I finished the book, not only about gender and clothing but also about "common knowledge". If I only had a dollar for every time I've been asked if it's true that the colors "used to be the opposite". In the book, in every article I have written and in every talk and interview, I've been careful to explain that the current rule is unusually strict compared to the way pink and blue were used in the past, and that the rule was reversed in some places (Belgium, for example). In the US, there is a l-o-n-g period of time where there is no uniform rule, before the current symbolism is completely incorporated. Is it so difficult to imagine a world where pink and blue did not signify gender?