Why Do Redheads Get A Bad Deal?
Queen Boudica of the Iceni Tribe Englands Greatest Warrior Queen
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?
Redhead Festival In Breda Holland 2012
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.
Anti Bullying Ad
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.
Cute Redheaded Baby
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.
Red Head Elizabeth
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!
© 2012 Nell Rose