Some British moms are complaining that there is a "pink-plague" in products for girls, but scientists can't agree whether girls' preference for the color is in-bred or the result of social conditioning.
In a study at Newcastle University, when volunteers were shown colors and asked to pick their favorites, women favored pink or red shades while men picked blue, and other studies have shown that girls from cultures around the world prefer pink. However, other scientists say these tests are unreliable because women are surrounded by pink and told it is a feminine color since birth. "You can't find girls past the age of three who aren't obsessed with the color," said Sue Palmer, author of the book Toxic Childhood. "It's just so insidious and it shows how commercial forces can get under their skin even by that age." [The Telegraph]