Redheads Festival In Holland - But Why Do Redheads Get A Bad Deal?

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Redhead Abuse

In Breda Holland, the annual festival of Redheads has taken place. Over 1, 400 people have attended from 52 countries. There were art exhibitions and fashion shows. All with the theme Red. But what is it about Redheads that make people become a gingerist?

Surely its verbal abuse to pick on someone who just happens to have red hair. No other hair colour has come close to this barrage of abuse. So why do people hate Redheads? Or maybe hate is too strong a word. Dislike Redheads sounds better.

It tends to show that we are just having a joke when we call someone carrot top, copper top, Ronald McDonald, the ginger minger, and so on. It never leads to real violence does it?

In fact it does. And quite frequently. Back in 2003 a young lad was stabbed in the back because he was ginger haired. Surely this type of abuse is far beyond the norm for just being a redhead?

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Gingerism Versus Racism

There has been a lot said about whether gingerism is as bad as racism. It's a fact that if you mock someone's gender, race or religion then you will feel the long arm of the law, or at least a suspension from your job. But what about gingerism or just plain old bullying of Redheads?

Charlotte Rushton, photographer, has been collecting the UK's Redheads in a book which she has named Ginger Snaps. She stated:

I was on the Tube in London, and I was completely humiliated by this drunken yob who turned to me and said 'Do the cuffs and the collar match?' He came right up to my face'.

She believed that this form of attack would stop when the Redheaded person leaves school. But in Britain and other parts of Europe this isn't the case. For some reason it carries on into adulthood.

As I mentioned, there is a belief that this particular form of bullying is mainly British based. But I don't believe that's so. The reason being that it must happen elsewhere purely because they feel the need to have an annual meeting.

One theory is that the reason why some British people pick on Redheads is because they remind us of the ancient wars between us and the Irish or Scottish. I Personally think this isn't true. Although I do believe that in Medieval times Red Hair was a sign of moral degeneration. You would think that we would have evolved since then. It seems not.

I also believe this kind of stereotyping has come down from the TV and Films over the last 50 years or so. My father was a bright Redhead, in fact my mother claimed that is what drew her to him in the first place..Back then in the 40s he never got picked on or attacked because of his hair colour.

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Redhead Abuse In Adult Life.

The worse offences are aimed at adult male Redheads. This can turn into a physical confrontation ending in hospital admittance. Women are constantly abused by taunts and this can lead to women changing their hair colour out of shame or fear. Many women change the name of their hair colour to Titian or Honey Blond. Anything in fact to take away the status of being Red headed.

Surely being attacked purely on the basis of being a Redhead is as bad as institutionised racism, and this must be looked at in the future. The media have to change their ways too, as a lot of the so called bantering comes from Daily Newspapers.

According to Welsh myths and legends, Redheads are the work of the devil and are often called Os Bydd Goch Fe Fydd Gythreulig. Red Vicious or Spawn of the devil. This seems to have seeped into out consciousness and hence the bullying in modern times.

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Redheads Turned Away At Sperm Bank.

One of the Worlds largest sperm banks, Cryos Internation in Denmark are turning away redheads because they state:

We are turning away Redheads because of a lack of demand for this particular hair colour.

Germany and Ireland are the two main countries that do demand the Redheaded gene. But it seems that many Countries are opting out of this demand. There are over 600 sperm donors that have been put on hold because of the lack of interest in Redheaded children.

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I personally find the whole thing bemusing, insulting and downright stupid. Redheads are our genetic past. Two thousand years ago the Celtic Tribes of England Scotland Wales and Ireland all had fair hair and skin before the invasion of the French, Anglo Saxon and Viking.

Red hair is our heritage. Instead of being ashamed to be a Redhead, we should be proud to be pure blooded British. It's a fact that the most powerful rulers of this Island throughout history have been Redheads. Boudica our most famous Celtic Queen, Queen Elizabeth the First, And Henry the Eighth. Along with many Scottish, Irish, and Welsh Kings and leaders too. They protected our Islands and made them great.

And as for me, well, my gran had the most amazing red hair too. It was long shiny and reached down to touch the floor. I have seen photos and she looks like a Celtic Queen. And my dad on the other side of the my family? Yes he was the best Redheaded dad in the world.

So I say Redheads Unite. And Be proud to be Red!

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daskittlez69 4 years ago from midwest

This was an interesting Hub. I had never known anyone to have an issue with redheads. Well, besides the comment I will beat you like a redheaded stepchild. Here is your up!


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Yes, world, Gingers have souls and great ones at that! I'll be a red-head supporter!

On a serious note, you definitely shed some light on the issue of gingerism and discrimination against it. I couldn't believe some of the stuff I read; however, I could since the same thing happens all over if someone is just "different".

Definitely sharing this, Nell!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi daskittlez, lol! thanks so much for reading, and thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Keith, thanks so much, yes if you are different in any way shape or form then you get picked on, stupid stuff! glad you liked it, and thanks as always, nell


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Very interesting hub. I have always admired redheads. You did a great job with photos. I am voting up . It is such a unique topic.


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Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

Hi Nell. I had no idea that Gingerism was a social problem in the EU countries--or anywhere else for that matter. Here in the USA, the only hair pigment discrimination I'd been aware of was the dumb blond jokes.

What about me? I'm bald on top. Every day is a bad hair day.

Voted up and interesting.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

My sister is a redhead Nell but has dyed her hair blonde since she was 18 - she hates it! My granda was a redhead so that explains her being the only redhead of us all! I love red hair and have dyed mine red many times over the last 30 years. I don't like the whole 'bullying' thing with ginger hair, it's ridiculous but people seem to need something to pick on.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Is this for real Nell? I had no idea that redheads were ridiculed or faced bias! Honestly, where have I been living? If this is happening in the United States I am completely unaware of it.

Very interesting hub and thank for the information.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Nell,

I come from a family of red-headed Russians. Scandinavians traveled to Russia centuries ago, and...

Most of my first cousins on my father's side of the family have (or once had) red hair, as did my father and both of his parents. I like being a redhead.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

I LOVE REDHEADS. LOVE THEM I SAY! If there are any that need to seek assylum from persecution, they may stay with me. I had no idea there was a festival dedeicated to them. Getting my passport ready...

Yes, they have been much maligned from ignorance and superstition. Some things don't change, but I hope this hub helps spread the plight of the reds.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Nell, my husband and half of his family are red heads (his family is Scottish and Irish too). I have to admit I fell in love with his hair color and even though it is more auburn as an adult he had the most beautiful red hair as a child. My niece (my husband's sister's daughter) is a bright red and still to this day whenever I take her out with me I hear people stop and comment about her hair. Seriously, loved this article, because I agree that that having red hair is something to be proud of. Have voted and shared too!!


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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

You make a valid point here Nell. Predjudice is rife in many forms. Hair colour, people being over weight, people who have suffered from drug or alcohol problems. Whoever you are, people will find something different about you and pick on you because of it. I am a brunette but dye my hair a deep, scarlet red and LOVE it! I find the women from the pre-raphelite era the most sensuous and beautiful. Human nature is often so evil. People pick at anything different to themselves. I hate people who follow everyone else like sheep. I'd rather be me than follow the crowd any day of the week. Excellent hub Nell.


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Hi, Nell, interesting hub, actually I had never thought of it, but you are right, there is some sort of prejudice, but that happens with everything and anything that is different... People are just like that, such a shame... I'm not red, but I'm with you when you say people should be proud of their heritage, whatever it is... Voted up and interesting and sharing! Take care...


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DemiMonde 4 years ago from Mobile, Alabama

We have red-headed children and they got a lot of good attention when they were younger. Almost too much attention. In junior high, however, my son began to be picked on for being a "ginger". He IS a little grumpy too and that feeds into redheads and their supposedly "fiery"tempers! Both of my red-heads are pretty attractive kids, tan with no freckles. It's like it is the "acceptable" racism. You start to notice that fat redheads are typically the bullies in kids' shows and there aren't really any teen idol boys who are red-headed. Girls, it is a different story.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Demi, yes it does seem to be the overweight kids that get it, especially reds, and if you notice it always seems to be on tv and films too, that really doesn't help, thanks so much for reading, and glad you liked it, thank you!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi algarve, we have loads of redhaired people in my family, and we have noticed over the years from friends that they do get stick for it, silly really isn't it, thanks so much nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Peanut, my best friend dyes her hair bright red! I wish I had the nerve to do it! lol! thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Janine, that's great! its lovely to see kids with bright red hair, my next door neighbors little girl is a bright red too! its just some people find it funny to take the micky out of them, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi A.A. lol! on the plane yet? yes hopefully one of these days people will love red hair, I know I do, thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Daisy, great family history there! Wow! I really must get my red hair back! I was five when it started turning a boring brown! lol! thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi billy, I think it happens just about everywhere, but maybe more over here sad to say, thanks as always, and glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Jools, yes that's so true, people just pick up on something like red hair and start on them, why? stupid I guess, thanks so much as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Larry, lol! thanks as always, and I love your humor always makes me laugh!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi carol, thanks so much! just spotted about the festival and got on my high horse! haha!


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

I'm a redhead, so I found this hub very interesting. I've never really experienced any prejudice over here in the U.S. We do have lots of "dumb blonde" jokes though!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Interesting! Natural red-heads tend to look wild and dangerous. I have aunts with flaming red hair on both sides of my family and believe me, their tempers were/are terrifying. Ironically most women down here color their hair red... all kinds of red. Why? Interesting topic indeed.

If I have my facts together, the Celts (in particularly the Scottish) - and what about so many of England's kings, including Elizabeth I and Henry VIII, were mainly red-heads. Maybe the instinctive distrust in red-heads, the tendency to discriminate against them and even to bully and humiliate them are rooted in pre-historical events.

Voted up and extremely interested :)


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I'm proud to be a red head! Sure, I got my share of derogatory comments when I was a kid and once horrified my grandmother in a department store by pulling my dress up over my head to avoid the inevitable "Where did you get your red hair?" question when one of her friends approached us to say hello. On the other hand, I've never had to color my hair, not even once, saving a ton of money at the hair salon. I've also had complete strangers stop and ask me who my colorist is, to which I respond "Mother Nature."


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

I also hear these juvenile snide remarks occasionally around red heads made by some imbeciles ... personally I think red hair is as beautiful and distinctive as any other colours.. the traditional 'fieriness' is perhaps a self fulfilling myth but there is beauty and mysticism in those Celtic connections.... awesome. well said!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I can't understand why anyone would dislike redheads. I am the opposite... I have a thing for redheads. It is tough finding a man that is proud of his red hair though. Many shave their heads! NOOOO!!! I just hate that. I don't naturally have red hair, but I do choose to have red hair at times. It looks natural on me, and sometimes if I am lucky, it lures redheaded guys out of hiding. :-) Great hub and voted up!


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

Both of my grand kids have red hair, funny nobody on my side of the family ever had it. It looks beautiful on them.


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molometer 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire, England

It is baffling that this still goes on today. Seems anything that is different about somebody is an excuse for idiots to make inappropriate comments.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

My gran was a redhead too and an aunt and some cousins. Took me a few minutes to figure out the cuffs and colors and now I am still laughing. Great fun hub!


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Nell, my hair is a deep auburn and so far from being bulled for my red hair, I tend to get respect, especially when I get angry. People step back, lol! "Dang, don't mess with her, look at her eyes!!" ;-)


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Nell this was so interesting..I always thought of redheads as having guts, strong, and outspoken. I love the color red ...especially red curly hair. I think it is so pretty. I have been a red head when I dyed my one of many colors in the day and I loved it..Thank you for a great hub.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

One of my aunts had the most gorgeous bright red curly hair, and her children inherited both the hair color and curls. As a child, I was jealous that my hair was plain dark brown and straight as a stick of bamboo.

When I married, my mother-in-law had red hair, so I thought the combination of genes might produce at least one red-haired child for me. Alas, it was not to be (and my kids were thankful, when I told them of my wish).

As a middle-aged adult, I finally indulged my desire for red hair by "chemically inducing" red hair for myself--several different shades over a period of several years, in fact, from strawberry blond to a vivid red that was almost a primary shade. I loved being a redhead! My hair color looked just right with my greenish eyes, and all my favorite colors in clothing went so well with my hair. No one ever insulted me, but (when the shade went to bright red) I did get a few chuckles.

Fun hub. Voted Up+.

Jaye


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Mary Claire Herron was the most beautiful red head I ever saw. We met on stage and became friends (only). She died Oct. 2011. Thanks for the memories. :-)


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Shaddie 4 years ago from Washington state

I am a red haired individual and I have experienced criticism all my life from being born with this hideous hair color. I have been called ginger, day walker, had people make jokes about my temper having something to do with my hair, had people ask me if the carpet matched the drapes, and all sorts of other derogative, offensive things. People also make weird comments like "Oh, I've never dated a redhead before," or "Oh, redheads are freaky in the bed," which really makes me feel like a total outcast - someone that isn't normal, isn't worth being with in a romantic relationship, and is only useful for some bizarre, yet fleeting, sexual fantasy.

In short, I am filled with much hate over the fact I have red hair, and have learned to be very wary of anyone who makes mention of it at all, whether positive or negative because I'm just so used to people poking fun at me. People really are terrible.


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divacratus 4 years ago from India

Sheesh! I never knew redheads had go through such discrimination. That's sad.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Nell, my mother had beautiful auburn-red hair. Unfortunately, I didn't inherit it. So nice to hear that they have a festival to celebrate their unique color. I enjoyed the read and the information presented.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Shaddie, I'm so sorry that's been your experience. I got comments like that, too, and hated being different, but I've since learned to embrace my red hair. I hope you do, too. Now I wouldn't trade it for anything.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I thought that skin color discrimination was stupid, I even thought that eye color discrimination was even more stupid. Now the hair? This is downright outrageous. Suppose we should go around discriminating against someone for being so stupid as to discriminate against hair, eye or skin color. These people make me sick! This is the most outrageous and ludicrous thing I have ever heard, I can't seem to wrap my mind around someone hating someone because of their hair color.....mind boggling!


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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

My wife was originally jet-black haired and went grey. She'd been grey for some time - sometimes attracting comments about being a witch - before she followed our youngest (Suzy) and started dying her hair red. She's never had abuse as such, but in Canada and New York State early this year a lot of bystanders commented, 'Hi Red!' and that sort of thing. She said there were very few redheads in the region. She also said she felt more confident with the red colouring than as grey-haired. She looks nice with it, but says she reckons people realise she's not a natural red-head and hasn't had any 'stick' for it... Yet.

I had a carrot-haired colleague at Royal Mail of Irish ancestry who'd been born in Sheffield. He'd never said anything about attracting abuse, so maybe there's a fair smattering of red-heads in South Yorkshire. We didn't have many at school, mostly 'mousey' or blonde.


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Maybe that's why I was picked on as a kid and ignored as an adult by many people. Not all people were that way, but a goodly amount were.


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victor.hatley 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Ok. 73118

Niel, I've been a redhead all my life, and yes I have witnessed the injustice that redheads suffer in the EU while I was stationed in beautiful Germany. In the US I haven't seen any of this, but I will say that people treat me different due to my red hair, (careful, he's got a temper; and redheads are insatiable in bed.) Yes I do have a temper...when I can't be satisfied! I have had bosses that had this attitude, and wouldn't initiate any kind of a confrontational situation, because they were afraid that I may lose my temper. In my life I have hit 1 person, and I beat that boys butt for attacking me after school. (In the 2nd grade.) I've never hit a person since out of anger, mostly just asking someone to pass another beer!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi victor, lol! yes its pure psychology! people presume red heads are angry so they get the reputation, but my dad was a redhead and he was so nice, mind you he could stand up for himself, he was in the army in the war! but apart from that he was a softy! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi avian, yes that could be why, I have seen it at school, redheads get the bad deal all the time, stupid though isn't it? my hair was red when I was five but turned brown afterwards and I am sure that's one of the reasons I was left behind so to speak, thanks so much as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi alan, yes I think red hair is lovely when its dyed red too, I am glad your wife decided to go red, and good for her! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Cardisa, yes its so stupid, I totally agree, but sadly it does happen, funnily enough on tv last night on a so called sit com someone remarked to a red haired man, what's that ginger doing here?! proves my point! if tv does it, how can anybody else help it? makes me so mad! thanks as always, and nice to see you, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Deborah, I totally agree with you, that experience is terrible. What they hell do people think they are doing just because of a hair color? this has to stop, and now, thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi teaches, yes on a good note, this was wonderful! made me want to dye my hair red and go! lol! thanks again, sorry its taking me a while to answer, I had a blazing headache yesterday so being careful on here today!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Shaddie, I have to say that its not the hair color that's hideous its the peoples attitude to it, I am so sorry you had to go through this, I have no idea why they do this, only that I know its true and have seen it. I have a friend who is really red haired, in fact quite ginger and she embraces it, and if anybody says anything she will go for them! I think that's a good attitude, and you be proud of your hair, it proves you have come from a very strong line of people who were great, its the other peoples problem, take care and thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Mhatter, that's such a lovely story, you see red heads are amazing! thank you, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Jaye, good for you! lol! my best friend has bright red dyed hair and its amazing! me? I have had purple hair, blue, orange brown, (natural) and blond! lol!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Sunnie, thanks so much, yes they do have guts and are strong, I would be proud to be red, I would call myself boudicca! lol!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

HI molly, lol! yes fiery red! I love it! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Jackie, lol! yes not tactful! it seems we reds or red families are the best! thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi michael, yep that's it! idiots always find something to pick on for, these days its easy to dye the hair, but why the heck should they? I know a boy who dyed his hair blond because he didn't like the red! hes a friend of the family, and yet his twin sisters are a real auburn red, and in fact one of them married JR Tolkiens grandson! now that can't be bad! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Sherry, I am sure it does, its a beautiful color, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Jeannie, yes they do shave their heads, they need telling off! lol! we need to start a campaign for red headed guys to come out of the woodwork! lol! good for you for doing your hair, thanks so much nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Mohan, yes the Celtic connections are so true, I see them as fiery, guts and good on 'em! those remarks are just so stupid, I actually believe its jealousy! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Deborah, that's it exactly! who needs to dye their hair when they have that amazing color? as I mentioned on another comment to Mohan I said I believe its jealousy and I think I am right, look at the alternatives! brown? Nah! blond? Um sometimes! lol! thanks, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Martie, yes it probably is the power of the leaders in the past and the mistrust, as I mentioned back in the medieval times it was thought to be a sign of the devil! good god, you would have thought people would be different now! up the reds! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi nanderson, yes blonds go through it too! but not in such a derogatory way, strange isn't it? thanks so much for reading, nell


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Look at Nell, my ignorance is showing. I've never even heard of Gingerism and though a blonde can remember as a child always wanting to be a red head! Go figure. My mother-in-law and my youngest grandson have red hair though the grandson's is getting darker already.

Great informational hub oh and that anti-bullying video was amazing, would that things like that actually happened in real life to put off the bullies!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

You've described such a sad situation, Nell. It's very cruel for people to bully someone because of their hair color, and ridiculous as well. Different hair colors are fun and interesting to look at! I loved the video and the fact that the older boy dyed his hair red to support the younger boy. It reminded me of a related situation here in Canada. A few years ago a boy was bullied for wearing a pink t-shirt to school. Some other students - including boys - were so upset about this that they arranged a day for them all to come to school wearing pink t-shirts. Now many schools around the country (including mine) celebrate "pink shirt day" or "anti-bullying" day on the last Wednesday in February. Students of both genders - and teachers too - wear a pink t-shirt on that day to support anti-bullying campaigns.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Wonderful history and a fun side of your family history. The bullying has to go for sure! Didn't know queen Elizabeth I was actually a red head; probably Robin Hood was from the same clan of proverbial read heads. Queen Boudica was an intrepid warrior back in 57 A.D. When London was Londinum. Great hub! Breda rocks!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Loved it, voted up, shared all over. Red and proud! :)


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

My husband, daughter, one of my sons and youngest grandson are redheads. The boys get picked on a little but more from their freckles and fiery temper than anything else. The girl has more brown in her hair but the red shows. My husband is from a German and Austrian family. It came from the same place as Elizabeth I and Henry VIII. They are all descended from Maximilian, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. My husband was from a third or fifth son that came to the Colonies years ago.


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

Red hair is in my family, I can thing of 5 off the top of my head... personally I was born with very dark auburn, but dye it red on occasion. I have the translucent skin to match. I've never personally witnessed any negativity against red hair, in fact it's quite the opposite... but as others have commented the US is a little different with it's views towards redheads. I will say I don't know any redheaded men (only one male child in my family) and I believe they aren't as celebrated here. Wonderful hub on a very interesting topic!!! voted up and shared!


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

I agree that red headed adult males are 'discriminated' against and that dark red hair is for some reason especially offensive. Being a woman I used to color my hair red - on purpose(lol) - and never did i feel it held me back in any way or that men didn't like it! It was my daughter who brought my attention to the 'ginger' issue - a term i had never encountered. She swore she'd never date a 'ginger' - WHY? - i have no idea! Personally - i'd take a redheaded man over a blonde man all day long!

I don't think his 'ginger' hair holds Prince Harry back in any way, do you?

lol..or - is that different?


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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

A short note for 'Lord' de Cross:

Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth stem from Tudor stock on the paternal side (Elizabeth's mother was Anne Boleyn), i.e., their father Henry, Earl of Richmond (Yorks) had Edmond Tudor, Earl of Richmond going back to Owen Tudor of Wales on one side and Margaret Beaufort on the maternal side. She in turn was a Lancastrian descended from John of Ghent ('Gaunt'), youngest son of Edward III. There is no link with the Habsburgs anywhere in the family trees of English royalty. The Habsburgs for a long time intermarried, developing the famed 'Habsburg Jaw'. English royalty tended to cross with Welsh, Scots, French and Scandinavian blood.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Truth be told I've always wanted to be a redhead and I always had a thing for redheaded men. Maybe on my 50th birthday I'll go to the hairdressers and go wild. That being said this hub was an eye opener in that I never knew about discrimination against redheads. Some things are just too silly and I find it rather sad that people and institutions discriminate for a reason like this, or any reason for that matter. Voted up!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Nell, I think red hair is gorgeous. My sis Bea had red hair, the only red head out of twelve children, my grandmother Minnie was also a red head. Loved your article..Cheers


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I love people with red hair, Nell. Green hair? Not so much. And I also loved this entertaining and well-written hub. Voted up+.


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molometer 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire, England

There are plenty of redheads in JR Tolkiens fantastic books. Wonder if that had anything to do with the marriage proposal lol


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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

You've heard the old nugget, 'My wife's a red-head. No hair, just a red head' (Boom-boom)!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi alan, lol! big groan there!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi michael, lol! you may well be right there! its a wonder she wasn't three foot tall with hairy feet! I will tell her that when I see her next! haha! be over soon, and thanks again, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi drbj, lol! thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Ruby, Red hair certainly makes you stand out, your sister bea was really lucky to have such lovely hair, thanks again, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Glimmer, yes I totally agree with you, isn't there enough discrimination in the world? go for it! lol! I had a tattoo done on my 40th so you get the red hair on your 50th! lol! thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks for the clarification alan.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi ImKarn, exactly! Harry looks just like his father! haha! oops! no the saying ginger just holds this status of being horrible, I have no idea why, I think its lovely, and yes blond men can look insipid! red is best!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Mama Kim, thanks so much! I think red hair is stunning, especially when the person has green eyes to match, I am so jealous of them! lol!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi ! Becky, Wow! can't beat that! lol! thanks so much, amazing!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Terrye, yes Red and proud indeed! haha!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Lord, Robin hood, if he existed could well have been red haired, but I think he's probably just a story, or conglomeration of various thieves at the time, but Boudica rocks! lol!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Alicia, I remember that! we saw it in the paper! pink shirt day, brilliant idea, maybe we should get a red haired day started! lol! thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi tills, exactly, I don't know when this bullying started, but it needs to stop and now, up the reds I say! thanks so much, nell


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

OMG Nell! We're both redheads! Oooh aahh aahh aahh! lily


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I've always found redheads to be very attractive. Must be because I'm Irish. Thanks for giving some support to one of our sadly oppressed minorities.

If you know any young goodlooking , unloved redheaded males, send them round to me. They will be cherished here.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An extremely engaging hub! I admire and respect all good people, irrespective of race, gender, hair-color and all. I find NO difference in anybody. I have heard about this sensitive issue. I find red hair very amazing and beautiful! In my country, henna-dyed red for hair is commonly used in the northern states to highlight their looks and also some youngsters opt for red streaks in their hair for a spunky look. Yes, you rightly pointed out to Queen Elizabeth 1, King Henry Viii, Boudica, etc as famous rulers. I remember Prince Harry who is a natural red-haired person, yet a popular and mirror image (I mean compassionate and charitable) of his late mother, Princess Diana. A fetching hub with interesting videos! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up


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FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

Natural redheads are indeed a paucity in this world; i think they have charm in their own way. Other people are so superficial in their discrimination against them. I haven't heard of prejudice against redheads until I read this. And I still find this unbelievable! Thanks for sharing this information.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi lily, lol! I used to be a redhead when I was small, then it was natural brown hair then for the past thirty years I have been a blond! lol! but yes red is the best! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Full, it is unbelievable isn't it? thanks so much for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi ishwaryaa, thanks so much for reading, yes Prince Harry is a royal red! lol! thanks so much for the voted and share, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi christopher, lol! okay will do! haha! thanks so much as always, I will be in Portsmouth tomorrow, not that close to where you are though? you are kent aren't you? if you happen to be about come down to southsea for a cuppa! lol!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

I remember reading about the redheads and the history they created, while in school. It was good to get a revision on this issue. I agree just as blondes are usually addressed as dumb unfortunately the redheads are known to be aggressive.

Voted up as useful and interesting hub.

Red heads unite and face the world 'cause you are bold and beautiful :)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

What a bizarre prejudice. But it's no different than racism. Here in the U.S., sometimes gingers are made fun of, but generally in a good-natured way. At least, I hope it's good-natured. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Ruchira, thanks for reading, yes dumb blonds, and angry redheads! lol! what a bout brunettes? I don't think theres one for that, or is it just that they are intelligent? I think that's what they say, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi alocsin, yes we even have so called fun of them on our tv over here! trouble is when it starts getting nasty, thanks so much for reading and the votes, nell


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee

Nell, great article. Whether it is called racism, gingerism or just a cultural habit, claiming redhaired folks are evil or immoral is the same as perpetuating the fallacies that blondes are dumb, Gypsies are filthy, Slavic women are all obese, ect. I don't mind a little generalized jesting (even the Wayan brothers joke about African American culture and poke fun at certain African American celebrities) but when it turns into a heated vilification of an entire group of people then it is bigotry.

Voting up.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi beth, hows the book going? yes I totally agree, not only is it stupid it just doesn't make sense, bigotry is the exact word, thanks so much as always, nell


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee

I'm working daily and the story is coming along, thanks :)


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

What a clever subject! I think every woman should be a redhead by choice at least once in their lives. It's like an adventure. Of course a lot of bad dye jobs go that route, but that doesn't count :) Cheers.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Hilary, thanks so much, I dyed my hair back red a few years ago, but sadly it didn't suit me then, maybe it was a dodgy dye! lol!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

wow excellent article.. in my place, people with black or brown hairs always choose red for their hair color :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi unknown spy, yes red hair is stunning, I may just do my hair! thanks so much, nell


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I did not know a festival like this exist. Red heads were tabooed in ancient times, but today many people color their hair red. In Nepal people, mostly women, use henna to give their hair red color.


Janhorner 3 years ago

Wow! I thought I would never get to the bottom of the page with all these comment. This hub is brilliant! I am a natural redhead and I originate from the North East of England. My parents both had black hair. However, one of my dad's brother's had auburn hair (which is not actually red; more a browny red). My youngest sister has my colour yet the eldest sister took after my parents.

I was teased no end at school about my hair but I never thought anything of it. In fact I blacked a boy's eye for pulling my ponytail and calling me ginger! I give him a real left hook! Left me alone after that!

I love my hair now; hated it when I was younger. I am 61 and do not have to dye my hair nor does my sister who is 57, yet my eldest sister when grey in her late 20's. I get lots of nice comments about my hair.

I believe that people who bully redheads (especially young males) are sad creatures with no intelligence, so they want to make someone feel as miserable as they are.

Jan


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Wesman Todd Shaw 3 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

All I ever hear around here is "red on the head and fire in the bed."

I just wanna find out if the stereotype is true...you know, I'm a truth seeker and such :)


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QudsiaP1 3 years ago

Awesome hub Nell.

I love gingers; it is a beautiful, unique and rare colour.

I have never understood the bias against something unique.


Janhorner 3 years ago

To Wesman Todd Shaw, I think redheads are sort of stereotyped just like gays or lesbians. They are placed in a group of colors, like the 'dizzy blonde.' Strange world we live in!

Never heard of 'red on the head' or 'fire in the bed' peculiar to say the least! Still you learn something new every day.

Hope this helps to answer your question.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Nell,

As a redhead of Russian descent, I had to read your Hub another time. I've attended many festivities involving redheaded people, but they were just family gatherings...many of my relatives have varying shades of red hair.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Now, HEAR ALL: My eldest son is married to the most gorgeous natural Red head you'll ever lay your eyes on! In fact, she looks exactly like Angie Everhart..(Lovely model/actress &former wife of Steven Segal)

Very intelligent and sensitive.....but she has to be very cautious in the amount of sun exposure she gets....Her Dad, brother and one sister are Gingers also. Her Dad even has a RED-haired Dog (Irish Setter!)

This is a fascinating article about Gingers and I intend to email her the link. She will love it!!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Wesman...Does that brain of yours ever change gears???!! LOL


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

I wasn't aware of this either. It just goes to show you that those who pick on redheads or people per se have no life! LOL. great hub! nothing wrong with redheads and not every blonde is a bimbo!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi lovedoctor, lol! yep so true! red is great! my dad was a red, so was my gran and me too when I was little! thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Paula, lol!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Paula, we love red! lol! that's great, I hope she likes it! and how lovely they have a red haired dog too! haha!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Daisy, that's great! they say that red haired people are the intelligent ones, so I stick to that! haha! me being biased of course! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jan, yes I have heard the saying! lol! typical male I mumbles under her breath! haha! thanks Jan for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Qudsia, yes it really does stand out doesn't it? it seems that the most popular and great leaders in history had read hair, elizabeth the first, henry 8 and so on, must be the fiery nature! haha!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Serious question Wesman, that deserves a serious answer! he hum! (cough) I believe that yes, um, the saying is quite quite true, me being an ex red head........! haha!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jan, I am answering these from the bottom up! lol! so sorry if it doesn't make sense, its easier to work the comment box! your hair must look fabulous still, how lucky! and yes giving that boy a real left hook was well, typical red head! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Vinaya, really? Maybe the red heads were taboo because of a tribe that dyed their hair red and were warriors or something, fascinating to know, do you know if that's true? thanks for reading, nell


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

you must have been a cute little girl.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Lol! thanks lovedoctor, nell


Janhorner 3 years ago

Hi Nell, I forgot to mention that an English teacher said my ancestors were probably Vikings. I originally come from Newcastle, my dad was born in Sunderland. My teacher went on to tell me that there were more people with red hair in the North East than in the South (where I was living at the time in Bedfordshire).

I have been living in the south for 51 years now but oddly went back to Sunderland last December with my job; my Company (G4S) won the cleaning contract for the hospital there and I went with a colleague to help out because it is an horrendous time putting a new contract in place. However, just a few days back I got told my job was being made redundant; things can change so much in a year!


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Shaddie 3 years ago from Washington state

What a lovely blanket of pressure to put on a girl just because of her hair color. If she isn't a freak in under the sheets, does that make her useless as a redhead?


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jan, sorry its takiing me so long to answer, I am still not very well. I am not sure about the red hair in the North East, we come from down south and there are loads of reds down here, of course Bodicca came from the southeast and she was an original celtic briton, so it does seem as though its the original english and maybe near europe that breeds the red heads! lol! sorry to hear about your job, and good luck with whatever you do, fingers crossed you will get another job back in london, thanks nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks for reading Shaddie, nell


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john000 3 years ago from Superior, Arizona

My first wife was redheaded. I don't think the usual criticisms have anything to do with them. A lot of this just evolves somehow.

I once thought that perhaps making acquaintance with the Vikings may have started it all? In the United States, redheads (male and female) seem more associated with hot temperament, but I haven't seen this either. And, I haven't seen the bullying. In fact, when in school it seemed the redheads were very popular?

One of my daughters has beautiful auburn hair, and when the sun hits it just right, it looks strawberry. My other daughter has beautiful sandy colored hair without a trace of red - more like what mine "used to" look like! Recently I was watching a BBC news show and found out that (as you have mentioned) redheaded people need not apply at sperm banks. But, the reason for this was that there was a desire to keep the gene bank balanced because so many folks with the red gene had donated. It reminded me of some kind of Nazi statement, yet it was made with the intention of being somehow "fair". Anyway, all of this stereotyping and genetic stuff seems to be getting a bit out of hand. I think the world would be a far better place with too many people like my daughters! (Oh, I do so hope I haven't offended anyone!) :) Great Hub!


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LoisRyan13903 2 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

I never knew there was an issue with redheads. I thought on a majority of people red looked good. My hair is brown and for probably almost 20 years I have dyed my hair different shades of red. I currently have an auburn color and only have received compliments on it


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Lois, I love red hair, but there does seem to be a stigma attached to it, not so much the deep red of auburn, but the carroty red, which is a shame,. I had red hair when I was little, but it turned a horrible mousy brown so now I am blond with red streaks, thanks so much for reading, nell


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

Hi Nell Rose,

I think red hair is beautiful---my Great-Grandfather had red hair and light blue eyes.

My first boyfriend had red hair---maybe loving red hair is in my blood. I took after my father who had blond hair.

I hope all is well with you Nell Rose---have a great weekend.

Bobbi Purvis


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I have a beautiful granddaughter who has bright red curly hair, and lots of freckles!! She was always teased as a young child and hated her hair. She is now 23 yrs. old, and her hair no longer bothers her. She keeps it cut very short so no more curls. She has learned to live with her beautiful red hair.

She is the only member of our family with red hair!

I just always think red heads probably have a bad temper!

Great Hub; voted up, etc. and shared.


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Barbara Kay 2 years ago from USA

My niece is a redhead. Now that she is getting older, it is turning brown. She wants to dye it back to its original color, so I guess it isn't that bad being a redhead.

My hair is dark with a lot of red in it. I'm still a brunette though. I've always looked at redheads as having bad tempers too. That isn't fair, because my niece is overly emotional. She isn't bad tempered though.


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john000 2 years ago from Superior, Arizona

I married a redhead and one of my daughters is a redhead. All this stuff about "fiery personality" and stuff is bull. Think of how many fiery blondes there have been, etc. You cannot judge personality by the color of one's hair anymore than you can determine IQ by the number of bushy eyebrows a person has.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a unique and interesting subject to write on! I have never heard of the term gingerism. Thanks for sharing this.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks Bobbi, yes my dad had bright red hair and so did my gran on my mums side, mine went a wishy washy brown so I dyed it! lol!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi mary, my dad had red hair and he was a real softy! lol! mind you he could handle himself, he was in the army, but the red hair didn't give him a temper, on the other hand my gran did have a temper, but only when directed towards the wrestling on tv! LOL!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Barbara, I do think its a myth about the temper, its just that over here people do take the micky out of redheads, goodness knows why!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thats so true johno, it really all depends on the person, I have red haired friend who has a temper for England! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks rebecca, yes its one of those names the poor kids get over here, ginger, or ginger with a ger sound. Not nice! thanks so much for reading, nell


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Nell - I know all about red hair. Now my hair is more auburn and some gray and people seem to like it. When I was young and redder, people did make fun of my hair and asked when I was quite young, if I dyed it. Of course, fair skin went with red hair, so that was ripe for more comments. I am glad your did a hub about it, and I enjoyed all the other info about red hair. It brought back memories, and makes me laugh. Children can be cruel about stuff they don't understand.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi brakel, that's so true, why they pick on red hair is beyond me though! its stupid isn't it? especially as I mentioned that most of our best leaders were reds! maybe it is the color we go when we are hot, or embarrassed, a pink red face really doesn't match with the hair does it? lol! thanks so much for reading, nell


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starbright 2 years ago from Scandinavia

Here was me thinking that it was blondes that got a raw deal. Red is so beautiful. Gotta go - but great hub as usual Nell. Voted and shared!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks starbright, have a great day!


Amy 12 months ago

After reading the comments here, it confirms my observations. Red haired men, while they may get picked on more, have far more luck attracting women who not only like their red hair but also love them for the person that they are. Whereas men, no matter what part of the world they're from or what color their skin is, absolutely despises red haired women and the extremely rare few that will acknowledge us only see us as a fetish and could care less about who we are as a person. Is it any wonder why so many women with natural red hair dyes it brown or blonde?


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Nell Rose 12 months ago from England Author

Hi Amy, its stupid isn't it? Red haired people have conquered the world throughout history, why it suffers so much derogatory nastiness is beyond me. Thanks for reading, nell

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