Pink Swim Cap

PINK drawingSome of you are well aware of my feelings about pink.  I recently bought a new item of clothing that is pink: a swim cap. The only other choice was red. And I don’t like red much either, at least not this red.  So, in a fit of , “goddammit, Liza, get over your pink aversion!” I bought the pink swim cap.

It got me to thinking again about the way our culture puts us into categories–to sell stuff to us, to control us. And simultaneously I have been thinking a lot about the rape in India and the protests there. There is a connection.  I wrote  a post about it on my ForbesWoman column. Please go take a look and tell me what you think!


About Liza Donnelly

Cartoonist and writer and live drawer for The New Yorker, CBS News. Speaker for TED and others. Books: Women On Men,
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6 Responses to Pink Swim Cap

  1. Dena says:

    Hi Liza. I just read your Forbes post and it has given me lots to think about. I become too enraged to comment logically about the events in India. Don’t want to rant, but I get what you are saying and I agree….and the whole pink thing…..I met your father and remember him as a wise man who always encouraged you to be yourself, follow your dreams, develop your talents. No doubt this contributes to what a successful woman you have become….and because I just came back from a long swim, I will say I am glad you confronted your pink demons and now swim with a bright pink cap. Hurrah!!!!!!!! I wear the same swim cap as everyone else at our pool and sometimes, well, it would be nice to stand out. Keep standing out, Liza. Keep shining and drawing and writing your wise thoughts for the world to know.

    • Dena thank you so much. You met my father? I am so happy! He is a wise man, and was and is very encouraging to me. That story about him telling me not to go for pink is such a strong memory. He encouraged me to be me, not be something society tells me to be. Thank you for your kind words, Dena, and your continuing support. xxxLiza

      • Dena says:

        Yes, Liza, I met both your parents, back in Earlham days….I came to your home in DC…it must have been the summer between freshman and sophomore years….you were working scooping ice cream someplace near home, if I remember correctly….nice memories.

      • Oh, yes! Sorry, I forgot. So glad you met them, Dena.

  2. marrymeknot says:

    I think you are right, it’s not about the pink, but it is about the category it puts you in. I don’t have a lot of pink myself, it sounds terrible but it seems so girly to me. So strange a color can evoke such stereotypes. And I know you are thinking, “what’s wrong with being girly?” I’m not sure what that necessarily means either. Somewhere along the way I must have correlated girly with being too feminine and it’s all lost in translation at this point. However, as soon as we blur the boundaries of categories and the comfort they provide us, the world just might be able to view a color as a byproduct of the spectrum of light and a woman as a human being.

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