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Should There Be Laws To Protect Hair Colour As There Is Skin Colour?

Updated on February 16, 2016

Hair Colour And Their Stereotypical Perceptions By Others.

Ginger.
Ginger. | Source
Blonde.
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Brunette.
Brunette. | Source

Stereotypes.

I often wonder myself when I hear the terms 'dumb blonde' or 'ginger minger' or 'tall, dark and handsome' should there be laws to protect people with different hair colour as there is with people of different skin tones.

You may think I have gone off my rocker in suggesting there should be laws that protect people of different hair colour but before you move on from this article hear me out. For example how can you say someone is dumb just because they happen to have blonde hair? This description of mainly women with blonde hair could also be seen as being anti - woman so you have two generalisations based on a person being a woman and having blonde hair.

You can thank Hollywood I believe for making the stereotype of blonde women being stupid or dumb in people like Marilyn Monroe and other female film stars. In actual fact Monroe real name Norma Jean was not even a real blonde and was considered quite intelligent in some circles and maybe if she had not been type cast because of her hair colour may have gone on to show what a versatile actor she was.

Films in the modern age like 'Legally Blonde' do not help and in fact if anything only help to stereotype blondes and more importantly blonde women more than ever whether their bleach blonde or natural.

Red heads too whether male or female come in for some stick these days, why I cannot think of the reason. Some say it is because red heads are rarer than blondes or brunettes so it looks odd, with blondes for example you can find a link to why society at large finds these people are dumb but none as far as I can see for the attacks and predjudice to red heads?

Then you have the stereotypical dark handsome man beloved in so many novels that women swoon over. Again I think the hero in these books being a brunette male has entrenched this stereotype to a certain degree look at BBC1's latest edition of Poldark. The hero is seen as a swarthy brunette stripped to the waist threshing corn and his muscular body on display with women no doubt the length and breadth of the UK chomping at the bit to use a horse term.

You could say that these generalisations about the perception of people with different hair colour is a fuss about nothing but some people who are suffering with these stereotypical perceptions of them in the wider world in some cases it can lead to low self esteem and perhaps even mental illness.

The time was when it was okay to say things about people of colour and now today if you even make a joke about this subject if your white you have committed some offence verbally like encouraging so called racist attacks on people of colour.

If political correctness has brought this about an ideology by the way I don't subscribe to, is it not equally fair that people's hair colour does not define who they are no more than someone's palour of their skin as Martin Luther King said.


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    • Nick Bishop profile image
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      Nick Bishop 20 months ago from Blackpool

      I would agree to some degree.

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      Michaela 20 months ago from USA

      I think a lot of this issue is just tied up in general sexism and society's insistence on ruling over what's considered attractive versus not attractive. Dumb blonde jokes or saying redheads are more vivacious in bed is just the mainstream accepted objectification of women and this sort of thought-process IS being challenged by a lot of people these days.

      It's not really a PC issue, dudes, it's just about not being a shi**y person and perpetuating dumb stereotypes that actually have negative real world effects on people.

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      Nick Bishop 20 months ago from Blackpool

      I agree political correctness is strangling us.

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      Ralph Schwartz 20 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      More suppression of freedoms isn't the answer. Political Correctness is already strangling us.