"and that is why pink ribbons are for boobies." -hank green
i honestly don’t know about the hitler part, but i do know that boys were dressed in pink because it’s the paler version of red, which symbolised vigor and masculinity and girls were in light blue as the paler version of the virgin mary’s colour, so that’s a fact. although, to be quite correct, this means not the entire world switched, only the western society did. colour codes in non-christianity-based parts of the world were and are different.
The part about Hitler isn’t entirely wrong, but I also don’t know exactly why it came to be like this.
But I don’t think he got this right:
Inmates of concentration camps had to wear triangles on their clothes and as you might know, the pink triangle was for homosexuals (especially homosexual men), but also pedophiles, zoophiles and rapists. They made no difference there, it was all sexually abnormal to them.
I know nothing about homosexuals having to wear pink triangles on their clothes when they were on the street, it was all inside the concentration camps and only had the purpose of displaying power, because it mocked and humiliated them.
Why Hitler chose pink - or more likely Goebbels - can be debatable, but I as far as I know it was already considered a “girly” color before that. It was totally hilarious to the Nazis that homosexuals had to wear a pink triangle, is what my amazing history teacher once told me when we visited a concentration camp and I think that was the first time that I realized how cruel the history of this color is.
I think that the colors pink and blue switched before the Nazi era. My grandparents are contemporary witnesses and they were born into a world where pink was for girls and blue was for boys.
I can ask them if they know more about this, but I think it makes sense that the Nazi regime reinterpreted the gender symbol colors even before.
They did that with a lot of things, mostly just to symbolize change and to show the German population that they really mean to change something, therefore it was a big an efficient part of the propaganda.
Therefore, the whole “pink is a gay color”-thing is based on exactly this horrible time in German history and it’s the opposite of funny.