Pink or blue? The socialisation of gender

Ref: C2228672

Have you ever thought about why the colours pink and blue are associated with female and male identity? We are conditioned from birth to behave in a certain way acceptable to society’s binary norms but what impact does this have on self-identity within the gender continuum? This course will delve into the history of gender association with colours such as pink, blue and rainbow Pride. We will look at the significance of the rainbow, widely used to represent the LGBTQ+ community and the symbolism behind it.

Course aim

To explore the history of gender association, in Western culture, with colours such as pink, blue and rainbow Pride.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • define the phrase gender identity.
  • discuss the use of two gender related colours in everyday life and the world around you.
  • provide an example of the use of gendered pink or blue colours in everyday life.
  • apply your knowledge to identify ways to challenge and deconstruct the socialisation of gender in society.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Access to Canvas, the WEA's online learning platform, will be required to participate in learning activities.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Pink or blue? The socialisation of gender

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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