FFfAW — Hot Pink

99EE5B84-EB08-443F-951D-EF4A772CC418“Why would anyone paint a wall on campus hot pink?” Harvey asked.

“That’s the classroom where they teach women’s studies,” William noted.

“Don’t you find that sexist?”

“Why would you say that?” William asked.

“You know,” Harvey answered, “Pink for girls, blue for boys. It’s so stereotypical to paint the wall outside of a women’s studies classroom pink. It’s offensive and demeaning.”

William saw a coed walking toward them and motioned to her. “Excuse me, may I ask you a question?”

The girl shrugged. “Sure.”

“This wall,” he said, pointing to the hot pink wall, “is outside of a women’s studies classroom. Does that offend you?”

“Why would that wall offend me?”

“My friend thinks that a pink wall outside of a women’s studies classroom is stereotypical and is degrading to women. Do you agree?”

The girl thought for a few seconds and then reached into her fanny pack, pulled out a piece of chalk, and drew a smiley face on the wall.

“That should answer your question.” And then she turned and walked away.

(175 words)

Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers from Priceless Joy. Image by Grant-Sud.

13 thoughts on “FFfAW — Hot Pink

  1. newepicauthor October 17, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    There are so many different groups around these days and cross dressers are offended by trans gendered people, I wish that we could just all get along and stop grouping things. Pink is pink, why make a stink!

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  2. Emilio Pasquale October 17, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    We are so overly concerned about being politically correct nowadays. I remember my dad being called a dago or wop. I don’t remember him ever being concerned about it. Not if he got the first punch!

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      • Emilio Pasquale October 17, 2017 / 2:36 pm

        If he was lucky!

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  3. James October 17, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    This is one of those circumstances where, depending on who you’re dealing with, is nothing remarkable or is horribly offensive, particularly on college campuses. On the other hand, my wife found a whole bunch of “Pinkalicious” books created by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann about a little girl named (yes) “Pinkalicious” whose favorite color is pink. My 27-month-old granddaughter adores them.

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  4. baddadcartoons101 October 17, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    And then she went back to her shared apartment and folded a load of laundry, vacuumed and made a nice dinner for her and her partner (and before you infer that this is a sexist statement, I just described MY afternoon yesterday)

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  5. cagedunn October 17, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    in one particular era (I think it was pre-victorian) only men were allowed to wear pink – my, how we’ve changed!

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  6. Priceless Joy October 17, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    Hahahahaha! I love how she answered the question! LOL! Cute ending to a great story!

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  7. Iain Kelly October 17, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Definitely a hot topic, and a minefield of political correctness. I’m never sure if I’m offending people or not these days…

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  8. Nona October 21, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    I’m not a fan of pink but can not say I’ve ever found it offensive. Pastel pink maybe, but not hot pink.

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    • Fandango October 21, 2017 / 11:12 pm

      I don’t think too many people find the color pink to be offensive. But some people might, due to the tendency people have with associating pink with females, find that association to be stereotypical or sexists.


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