The red reads more as pink in person. But since there's still blue on the back I'd say they're gender neutral. I showed in a photo the "red" utensils vs a true red plastic plate. I imagine these will fade with washing so the "pink" will be more apparent. Hand wash only, for sure. Very cute and a good size for 18 to 36 months. I got these hoping my 20 month old would be less prone to throwing utensils in the floor. But he still threw these after 5 mins, then screamed to get them back bc he loves Mickey. And threw them 3 more times. Still recommend for any Disney fan.