Welcome to Pink Things: a letter from the editor
I would first like to thank you so much for visiting us here at pinkthingsmag.com. This has been quite the whirlwind experience, trying to put together a magazine and website in the two weeks prior to the launch of my senior thesis exhibition. All of your support, even just by reading this, taking a look at our first issue of Pink Things, or following us on instagram is what keeps it going. So I thought that I would tell you a little bit about our goals here at Pink Things.
When I was growing up, I was quite turned off by the color pink. I didn't want to be labeled or put into a box that said "girl" and I certainly didn't want to be considered inferior just for liking this color. I was in the 3rd grade, about 7 or 8 years old. It still blows my mind that at this young and impressionable age, it had been conveyed to me that to be a girl, or a girl who liked the color pink, was a bad thing.
Pink, in this day and age, is a gendered color. If you don't think so, you might live in a fantasy land or are wishing for a brighter tomorrow (both of which are completely acceptable). I believe that this color is gendered, but that it doesn't have to be. Pink is only gendered because we constantly are reinforcing that pink stands for feminine, for girl, for queer, for something negative. So I started an investigation on my own to try to figure out this color through photography. I've embraced the color pink. I love what it stands for. But then I realized something. This isn't about me. This affects everyone who has experienced the color pink. So I made Pink Things Magazine as a platform to talk about, share, create, and expand on the color pink.
Pink Things is about you, and what you think. I want to read all about your experiences with the color. I want to see your pink artwork. I want to read carefully researched essays on the reasons why pink is viewed the way it is today. I want to know what you think about the color pink. And I know I'm not the only one. It may seem like a small topic, but it's roots are in something much greater than a color.
Thanks for taking the time to visit Pink Things today. We are a submission based magazine publishing content online based on the frequency and amount of submissions we receive. So please send us your stories, artwork, thoughts, interviews, and anything in between (info on how to submit is on our submit page). Remember, pink isn't just a color.
xoxo Sarah Sickles