Why Do People Hate Redheads?

Updated on May 23, 2016
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Redheaded male

Unnatural Hate for Natural Redheads

If this is the first time you have ever considered that there are people who hate redheads just because they are redheads, than it is already quite apparent that you are not a redhead. Being a redhead is a unique experience. I can't lie, it is pretty cool to be a part of a global population of whom only four percent of people share my hair color. I've certainly gotten a lot of attention over the years because of it. However, some of that attention may surprise you. Read more on how part of the world looks at redheads, and how the other part tries not to.

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ginger hair

Red Head Facts and FAQ's

  • The Gene for red hair is called melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), it is found on the 16th chromosome
  • Only 2% of people in the United States have red hair
  • In 2002 a scientific study accurately concluded that redheads are more difficult to sedate than any other people often requiring up to 20% more anesthesia than others to prevent them from waking up during surgical procedures
  • Natural redheads do not go grey. The hair turns a shady color first, and then goes white. They often keep their red color later in life than those of other hair colors.
  • The name of the country Russia means "Land of Reds" it was named thus in honor of a redheaded Viking named Rurik.
  • At the end of the 16th century it was a well-known fact that the fat of a redheaded male was a required ingredient for poison.
  • Archaeological digs in a desert called Takla Makan in China uncovered mummified redheads that dated back over 3,000 years. This may support the theory that the ancient Chinese may have trekked to areas of the world with the highest concentration of redheads, Ireland and Scotland, to steal red haired women that they believed had supernatural powers. Often when they were shown to not have said powers, they were immediately slaughtered.
  • In 2001 an Irish judge charged a man with disorderly conduct stating openly that "I am a firm believer that hair coloring has an effect on temper and your coloring suggests you have a temper."
  • Having a redheaded child in Denmark is considered an honor
  • When passing a redhead in the streets of Corsica, you are supposed to spit and turn around
  • If you had red hair during the Spanish Inquisition, you were accused of having stolen the fires of hell, then quickly burned as a witch
  • Aristotle proudly shared his belief that redheads were emotionally unhousebroken
  • Natural red hair holds on to its pigment better, making it difficult to dye
  • Redheads bruise a bit easier than people of other hair colors
  • Although red hair is actually thicker than hair of other colors, redheads commonly have fewer strands of hair on their heads. Blondes have an average of 140k hairs, while redheads have closer to 90k
  • According to legend and stories of Atlantis the very first redhead was a prince named Idon of Mu, who once he discovered Atlantis, was tattooed with the island's gorgeous red sunset in the form of red hair and freckles so that future Atlanteans would always be reminded of the very first sunset
  • In ancient Rome and even the Ottoman/Byzantine Empires, redheaded slaves were much more expensive than those of other hair colors
  • A full 24 points ahead of blondes, Redheads surveyed would use the word 'bold' to describe themselves
  • Gingerphobia is a fear of redheads
  • In France, there is hardly a fate worse than to be a redhead
  • In the United States redheads are called redheads, often even strangers will address them as "Red" and often they will respond to it naturally, (force of habit) in England, redheads are called Gingers
  • Bees are thought to sting redheads more than those of other hair colors

It looks like I'll be changing my retirement destination to Denmark, and I'll be staying away from France or Corsica as well. These are somewhat fun facts, but not all facts about redheads seem so fun.

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red head

What Am I?

I have never been a bully, but I've also never stood by while someone else was bullied

I have tact, but will speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves

I am the most patient person I have ever known, but if that patience is tested, the tester will lose

I know how to follow the rules, but I rarely 'obey commands'

People love me for the same reasons people hate me

I can be the best friend you will ever have, or the worst enemy you have ever made. You decide

It is likely that I will never give you the reaction you are looking for, simply because you are trying to force me to have a reaction at all

I am calm, cool, and collected with an incredible sense of humor and few buttons available for pushing. However, if you look for and poke said buttons, I will rail, rage, and make you wish you were in a room with an angry rabid wolverine instead. Then I will simply forget you exist

I am a Redhead. If any or all of the above makes me worthy of being stereotyped as a 'typical redhead' than I am fine with that, because respectful, brave, honorable, considerate, compassionate and genuine are the things I am most proud of being.

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three redheaded juveniles

The Redhead Experience

The Good, the Bad, and the Horribly Ugly

I guess being any kid is hard, but being a redheaded kid can be increasingly more difficult as time goes by. I really believe this to be a bit worse for redheaded males than females. As I had my own experiences growing up, I was also still a girl, so while the taunts and leers I received were usually of a sexual nature, those that the boys had to deal with were honestly far worse. Far more personal, far more emotionally scarring.

Maybe it was because I was inherently strong-willed but the taunts never really 'hurt' me. They pissed me off alright, but I can't think of one thing that happened to me because I was a redhead that I still feel emotionally scarred from.

I was also fairly lucky. I grew up in a neighborhood full of good ole boys, for the most part, and the teasing and jibes I received from them was never truly viscous in nature. It is odd to remember myself as a small child who was insanely sensitive to the moods and emotions of everyone around here, often crying just because someone else was, to the pre-teen girl who could hear taunts that would make a hardened criminal blush, and not showing a blush of my own.

I guess it helped too that although my mother was very Christian, with Christians being where I have received some of the worst redheaded racism, but she also loved my hair. Talked about it to anyone who commented, joked about where it came from, and just in general made sure that I never knew anything but pride in my copper mane.

I hate to even admit it to myself, but being the mother of two sons, I was ever so glad neither of them were redheads. I just didn't want to think of my own children experiencing the painful growth through their teen years as I had seen other young boys in my school and community go through. What scares me the most is very often I notice that when young boys commit suicide due to bullying, a high rate of them are redheads. With this hair color being the rarest on earth, what does that say? Appalling.

Redhead Men

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Prince Harry
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Gorgeous Bearded Redhead Man
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Redheaded football player
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Redhead male with ink
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red head fantasy art

Redhead Racism?

Scary!

  • Fairies are often associated with redheads due to their strong association with mischievous natures and supernatural talents
  • Depictions of redheads in St. Paul's Cathedral, as well as the Sistine Chapel both show Adam and Eve before Eve grasped the forbidden fruit. At St. Pauls Eve sports a fine long blond mane of hair. In the Sistine Chapel, she displays brown locks. However, on both scenarios, once the fruit has been taken, the next in the series shows both Eves with long red locks.
  • Later, Eve's son Cain had a head full of red hair, and also a swift fall from grace.
  • Earlier Egyptians considered the color red so unfortunate, that they had ceremonies where they burned red haired women alive to get rid of the tint. When they weren't burning them alive, they were burying them alive as a sacrifice to the god Osiris
  • Redheads are often depicted as untrustworthy, this dates back to the story in the bible where Judas, the betrayer of Jesus, was nearly always shown with red hair.
  • It is widely reported that Hitler banned the sanctified union of two redheads fearing that their children would become "deviant offspring"
  • During 16th and 17th century witch-hunts in England, many redheads were stripped to look for marks of a witch. Marks of a witch included moles, scares, or freckles. This made the lifespan for a redhead in England during this time very, very short.

Redhead Ladies

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A Learning Experience

And Not a Good One

As much pride and honor in my hair as my mother instilled in me, there was bound to come a time when something beyond the weirdo comments the boys in the hood made about my hair, would occur.

I was 9 when I was playing on a church playground, a Lutheran church thou shalt not name. As myself and my best friends, twins, noticed a lady entering the outbuilding near the playground, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get to use the bathroom, snatch some water, and refresh instead of having to walk the entire two blocks home. So we approached her and me being me spoke up, "Can we use the bathroom please?" (I was never a rude kid, and always knew the power of words)

She turned to us, glanced at me, glanced at the twins, glared back at me and said, "No you cannot Daughter of Judas, I'd rather you leave entirely before you betray someone I love."

And I was speechless, even if for only a moment. Before I spewed something at her that likely concreted for her that she had a mini-demon hell spawn on her sacred church ground. Thing is, even though my mother took me to church regularly, I still wasn't quite sure what she meant. I only knew Judas was a bad guy, and this old lady wouldn't let me and my friends pee in her church.

Later that night, I asked my mother. "What does it mean if someone says Daughter of Judas?" She shared with me that it was a deep insult given to someone who would betray anyone and everyone in their lives. The scowl on my face probably told her all she needed to know, but when she asked me how I had come by that phrase, I neatly lied and said I had heard it on TV. I don't know what she would have done had I told her, and I don't doubt she would have hunted that woman down and forced an apology, but I had already been burnt by this insult, and I just wanted to seethe alone.

The Angry Redhead

Or an Entire Army of Them

The combination of my views on religions, Christianity in particular, and having blazing copper colored hair has gotten me called angry quite often. And even without the standpoint on religion, redheads are often accused of being angry simply because they can be fairly quick to jump up and get real loud to defend themselves in any battle, verbal or physical.

The thing is, I am not an angry person. I am utterly as laid back as someone can be without sleeping. Nothing really riles me. I don't sit behind my screen and grit my teeth, worry about the woes of the world, or pound my keyboard over random idiots on the internet, and we all know there are a lot of them.

Maybe the bigger problem is that because I believe in live and let live, when someone brings an unwanted issue to me, I get real pissed off about it. How dare YOU invade my life with your BS? So how does defending oneself against the injustices of life make me angry? Well, if you truly believe that, then you also need to show due respect and honor to those who are 'angry' because in the past, and in the future, these were the warriors of your world.

When and if tragedy befalls my family, my city state or country, I'd be damned glad to have a pack of redheads with me. I know they won't be sitting around crying and bemoaning their fate, they will be up at at 'em and kicking fates ass and demanding to know who the ef she thinks she is interrupting their life in this manner.

Its funny, I was a very scrawny kid. Never got in fights until junior high school, and then only 2. But I was also always the first girl picked in school sports, the first one chosen in contest of strength, intelligence, and academics but when it comes to the broader picture...

In general, woman have always treated me far worse than men. There is definitely some truth in the fact that there is a lingering unspoken vibe that the bible brought into the picture, the one that assumes redheads are sexually promiscuous. However, it is also true that the men perpetuate this nonsense by always thinking they have to pay special attention to a redhead in the room, likely annoying their girlfriends for many reasons. Quite bluntly, men these days seem to feel like they have to have at least one redhead under their belt, and women of all hair colors know this. It doesn't make things easy for the redheads that really don't want your boyfriend, husband, or partner.

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      Liam Wright 

      2 days ago

      I don’t think it matters if people don’t want to be your friend because your a red head, cause they judge people for having a simple change about them, I would never want to be friends with someone against red heads.

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      Blessed Nord 

      3 days ago

      Joy, with red hair from German and Irish background I have red hair - as did both my parents. And my sister. I have two red haired children which I doted on - and one is male. Always large for his age, he would have clobbered anyone who bullied him. My daughter? Just as my sister and I found, no lack of suitors. Stop spreading fear.

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      Michelle 

      4 days ago

      Can u please remove my last name if u post the comment I just posted.

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      Michelle Fleig 

      4 days ago

      I am a redhead to, I was picked on, women don’t normally like me either. I’m a bit bothered by all the mention of redheads in the Bible, I read the Bible often and never once heard them even mention anyone haveing redhair, the closest I have seen was King David, who was ruddy in appearance. Judas was most likely a Brunette cause he was Jewish.

      I have lots of great redhead storys, but I love the one when my little blonde daughter and I were at the grocery store, the cashier said oh you better watch out for her she’s a redhead temper , my daughter looked at that cashier she said, my mothers not like most redheads, she has her mothers sassy personality. Been called red, ginger, pippi ,carrot top every redhead name imaginable. Thanks so much for the good article.

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      GBR TN USA 

      6 days ago

      You soviet censor erased MY COMMENTS 2x BUT YOU CAN NOT CHANGE THE TRUTH gbr

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      Braelyn Rhea 

      9 days ago

      i have red hair and i come from a family of red hair! I don't get made fun of and i'm happy about that, a lot of people in my school do just cuz of there red hair and im totally against that i just wish red heads could have as much love as other people.I never new there is that many red heads in the world

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      AxZi0n 

      11 days ago

      It's the first time i've heard of hatred against redheads, maybe because I don't really know many redheads but still it makes no sense. IMO I love them more, it gives a higher attraction to a person just for this specific hair color. It's not a curse or something...it actually raises the sex-appeal.

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      Rebecka3 

      3 weeks ago

      Lucy where the hell did you grow up red hair is the most gorgous of all colors it is clear thst jelousy is stemming these cruel insults they are nasty people who dont deserve your time and attention!! Seriously go hang around real people that judge people for their insides sounds like very nasty gross individuals your describing!! They know they will never be as gorgeous as you so best thing you can do is ignore gross people and embrase passionite ones.

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      Sofie 

      4 weeks ago

      I've been picked on and teased for my red hair most of my life. I've been called devil child, no soul, pasty witch, etc. My hair has also always had a lot of frizz and volume, and many of the girls would comment on it. "Who does she think she is, walking around with that big hair? Does she think it looks good?" And the answer is- no, i just gave up trying to tame it.

      I experienced a lady in the streets shrieking at me, thinking i couldn't physically walk in sunlight without burning, i've multiple times been told to go back to scotland, ireland, england, even though i have no ancestry in any of them. Speaking 100% honestly. I can never love my hair fully. I've

      Caught myself thinking "I can never be beautiful." On more than one occasion, even while

      Pretending the comments don't bother me. So treat others kindly, and don't let them get to you. No matter how many times i've been told my hair is lovely- i've heard the opposite so many times that i believe the negatives over the positives.

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      Rebecka3 

      4 weeks ago

      Meadow where do you go to school? Cause wherever I go and wherever Ive been I've gotten the complete opposite. Ive gottent ge whole I wish I was a redhead to oh your probly married already to I like you!! I mean everywhere. The.only person that ever told me she didn't like it was one girl and she said cause shes tired of me always getti g looked at for my beauty and nothing else. So thats why she said she didnt like it. At least she was honest and I appreciated it but Im not gonna dye it something I was born with just because people choose to only look at that and not whats on the inside. Do we have feelings of course although sometimes it does get sickning to only be noticed for our looks and not what kind of person we are so I do sometimes add some brown to it. Its very hard to hide being a natural redhead the pale skin mostly greenish eyes comes with the package. If people are jelous of that that's there problem I'd either switch schools so you dont have to be around jealous freaks or I'd stay there maybe Flaunt it even more. If they keep doing it have them reported for harassment if they dont stop they could go to juvenile its against the law.

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      Meadow 

      4 weeks ago

      I’m a red head and today at school a kid a few years older than me came up to me and said “I really don’t like your hair”.

      I’m no stranger to these comments, loads of people in my school say things about my hair. I don’t find it funny, I find it upsetting and.

      I want to stand up to it, but in the moment, when it’s happening idk what to say so I just stand there looking awkward when inside I’m seething.

      I searched this up to find out why people are so disgusting towards me, but I still don’t get it....

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      Kasandra 

      4 weeks ago

      I'm an ash blonde and I'm so jealous of my my redheaded cousin She is so gorgeous and gets so much attention. I'm just an ash blah blonde like most ash blonds we have to get out the peroxide every April to highlight our hair everywhere. That is one lucky thing about my cousin she doesn't have to her hair is already naturally bright.

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      CJ 

      6 weeks ago

      One thing I neglected to mention: Jesus was traditionally portrayed in Catholic medieval and renaissance art - rightly or wrongly -as having auburn or red hair. It would have been extremely weird therefore for the Catholic Inquistion to execute persons for having the same hair colour as that often attributed to Jesus by official Catholic Church sponsored Catholic artists. Plus Queen Isabella, the "Catholic Queen" (part of her official title) of Spain had red hair. Ditto St Dominic. How come nobody burned them at the stake?

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      CJ 

      7 weeks ago

      The stuff about the Spanish Inquisition killing redheads merely for being redheads is complete and utter bs - outlandish anti-Catholic propaganda that is often quoted on the internet but NEVER sourced. Galileo was a redhead and he had problems with the Inquistion - but not on account of his hair colour but because of his views on astronomy. In any case he was never executed - or even tortured- merely put under a mild form of house arrest. Other stuff in the article is also pretty outlandish - especially the bit about there being no fate worse than being a redhead in France.

      Btw I've encountered the commenter "Christine" who maunders on about redheads' "dark spots and pale skin" on other web sites about red-hair - saying exactly the same things she says here. For someone who claims to find redheads unattractive she spends a lot of her time on sites related to red hair - which seems a bit counter-intuitive, if not downright unhealthy, if you ask me. There are plenty of physical attributes I find unattractive - but I don't spend my time on websites related to these things - why would I?

      As for the UK's hostile culture towards redheads', it is partly explained by the fact that Britain is one of the most pc nations on earth in other ways. So people - especially those with the sad and needy aspiration to be "cool" and PC at the same time, need to find some culturally acceptable target for their bile. Or to put it another way, anti-gingerism is a form of displacement activity.

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      Savanna 

      7 weeks ago

      Savanna, Kathy don't let one girl bring your son down most mexicans girls asian girls and many blonde women love red headed men I know cause my brother is a redhead and the mexican girl hes dating wants to marry him so bad but he just isnt ready and I know a redheaded guy friend whos getting married to the most beautiful blonde and she asked him. I think your hanging out with the wrong crowd is part of the problem half of redheads arent Catholic maybe change his surroundings also most african Americans best friends are redheads so where in the world is this boy hanging out in dry catholic city? Being redheaded is a gift from God your never forgotten thats a true gift!!

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      Kathy 

      7 weeks ago

      As the Mother of a son with red hair, I can speak to the bullying and ridicule by son endured. Even going to a Catholic college did not help. A female in whom he was interested told him she could NEVER go out with a red head!! He was devastated, wounded really and to this day the thought of her saying that to him still makes me angry. I can truthfully say that being born with red hair has always been problematic for him. What a world we live in!!!

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      Mrs B 

      2 months ago

      I'm glad that you overcame this ridiculous prejudice. It makes me sick that people would be prejudice over any particular physical trait. Both my grandmothers were redheads so I'm sure I carry the gene (though I have the black hair of my native american family). I think red hair is beautiful and have often dyed my hair red for the love of it.

      I also find it disturbing that someone would pick and choose things to criticize and miss the purpose of this article entirely. Historically redheads HAVE been persecuted - as a History Professor I can confirm. But I know you won't let that Gerald guy bully you with his opinion. Clearly he missed the entire point. The ignorant will always try to raise themselves by putting down others. Sad but true. Clearly he's never been the object of prejudice.

      While I have never experienced prejudice as a redhead, I have experienced it as a Native American. I'm assumed to be an alcoholic, a pagan, wild, immoral, etc. I'm sure you know the stereotypes. But I don't let that bother me, because I know who I am. I hold a PhD in History and a BS in Biology as well as a BA in Chemistry. The government didn't pay for my education: I did. I've never been an alcoholic, I've never given a gift and then taken it back (indian giving as they say).

      Stay strong - stay you. you're perfect just the way you are. And to hell with anyone who can't get past their "know it all" attitude to see the real point.

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      Rebecka111 

      2 months ago

      Wherever I go eyes are all on me. Because of this believe me its not my looks people go buy they try to see what my personality is like if anything. Well guess what us redheads are due to let the attention go to our heads a little bit especially when our color is real and fake blonds get the attention all the time I think we have a right to let it go to our heads once in a while. We are smart we love our brunette and blond children we care about those less fortunite. So if that's what a redheads personality looks like I really don't see how that can be hated.

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      Joy Lynskey 

      2 months ago from Vinton, Va

      I can understand that :(

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      Jessi 

      2 months ago

      I'm a red head and I didn't like it when I was younger but just awhile ago I started to really like it (other than when old ladies tuch it and say how much they love it) however right when I started to like it I was made fun of for having red hair I still now don't really like it again amd I think I'm extremely ugly I always have people think I'm preppy but I'm honestly the opposite of preppy that's one thing that really bothers me

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      Gerard Williams 

      2 months ago

      This is one of the most ignorant and ill-informed articles I have ever read. The red headed mummies in China were Indo-European speaking invaders who descended from the Halstatt culture in Germany, not "Irish women kidnapped by Chinese men". Ironically it was the Indo European invaders who took East Asian women:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarim_mummies

      "Between 2009-2015, the remains of 92 individuals found at the Xiaohe Tomb complex were analyzed for Y-DNA and mtDNA markers.

      Genetic analyses of the mummies showed that the maternal lineages of the Xiaohe people originated from both East Asia and West Eurasia, whereas the paternal lineages all originated from West Eurasia.[11]"

      At the time when those people lived in the Tarim Basin, there may not have even been redheads in Ireland or Scotland.

      All the other sado-masochistic tripe you wrote about redheads being killed in the inquisition was likewise wholly made up. Guess I can't blame you for making filler for an article on such a mundane and meaningless subject.

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      Adam Rea 

      2 months ago

      I am a ginger, mic, red. I embrace it. Im 39 now and reflect on my childhood. I grew up a middle child with 4 brothers. My oldest won his golden gloves boxing in Ohio and my older brother was tougher. I was picked on from time to time but having brothers like mine you were made to stand for yourself. I was average sized growing up. I won some and i lost less.

      Being called a particular name isnt what would upset me. It was being blatantly disrespected. After a few good school fights I was pretty much left alone and fell into place. After that however i became very intolerable of bullies and would go out of my way to defend people who wouldnt defend themselves.

      I had girlfriends growing up but honestly didnt realise until later in life how many girls actually liked me. (thanks facebook). This in itself caused me problems as an adult not related to being a redhead but like the saying goes, if theres red on the head theres fire in the bed. Lol. Who cares its all petty ass shit. We ate less common than most so most want to make themselves feel better pointing that out. Makes them weak makes us strong. The way i see it is , if a bully isnt fucking with a red head they would be picking on somebody else. Weak people try to look tough. Tough people try o blend in. Mental fortitude often comes from misfortune.

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      Kristy 

      2 months ago

      Indont understand this threat because wherever i go guys tell me Im a bombshell and most gorgeous one in the room!! The problem is people assumed I was stuck up because Im so gorgeous!! Im a natural redhead and I do enjoy the compliments for while who wouldn't but I dont want that attention all the time because there is more to me then my looks. If they would get to know my personality they would know that I'm pretty fown to earth and Im actually attracted to black or brown the most and I am very down to earth and like taking care of the disabled and least judgmental person there can be. So although I may be a knockout dropdead gorgeous Im told there is more to me then that!!

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      Maximilliam 

      2 months ago

      The first thing people refer to when unhappy with me is to reference my hair colour.

      I suppose it’s the same for others with distinguishing features.

      My School mate was always called Lanky or Limbo because he was tall. Another mate was called Hooter because he had a big nose..Nice World when you think about it.

      I have very quick reactions, I was the best sportsman and I always had plenty of Valentines cards! The problem is that someone somewhere will always get the ‘ginger’ card played when you often least expect it. I suppose it has the effect of putting you on guard all the time.

      We will never get away from those absolute f wits who think using someone’s colour and/or creed in an insulting way is best practice.

      The best way to deal with those who insult is the punch them on the nose - That always stops the bully....

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      yo 

      3 months ago

      i hate rangas

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      Joy Lynskey 

      3 months ago from Vinton, Va

      So sorry to hear about your bad experience. And that was an awful and untrue comment from your colleague.

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      Kuni 

      3 months ago

      I was born a redhead, and bullied all throughout my childhood. A boy in school sitting behind me cut off a chunk of my hair during class. I asked my father to call his parents to complain, he did not stand up for me. As I became a teenager the boys definitely preferred non-redheads and at the school dance I had no date. Sure girls as well as boys thought I was intelligent, interesting and fun, but they still discriminated me in many subtle and not so subtle ways.

      When I got engaged my future mother-in-law asked my husband why he had to pick a readhead of all things.

      Years later a stylist asked me if I wanted to put streaks into my hair. On a whim I said yes. As I repeated this a few times my hair got blonder and blonder, and I suddenly realized how different AND EASIER life is as a blonde. I have kept my hair that color since. I like it mind you, it is a beautiful golden blonde now, but I also liked my read hair. Life is just easier that way. Depressing, wrong, yes, but I have only so much energy in life.

      Recently, in 2018! a female colleague in her 50s that I normally like and respect, not knowing about my real hair color, mentioned that she didn’t like red hair. I asked her why. She said redheads are promiscuous. What?! I don’t respect her that much anymore.

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      Chris 

      3 months ago

      Thats why dipshits in school bully me what dickheads

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      3 months ago

      I have been characterized and judged by my red hair all my life, even though I am proud of it, it is not what defines me and I know that

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      Julie 

      3 months ago

      Aged 54 I have never liked being called ginger. My parents always referred to me to being a redhead and that’s all I ever knew, just like being a blonde etc. Also I was lucky not to be bullied for my my hair, but I was aware of being different from an early age by it i.e. I stood out from my classmates. So I always tried to blend in....difficult when you were the only redhead in your class. The thing is is that although I felt different I was never bullied but when I turned 45 ish I had an acquaintance of my new partner comment that she actually quite fancied redheads but she would never have a ginger kid. I had not turned red in 20 years but I went scarlet and excused myself to the bathroom. So in 45 years it took that to get me angry and feel ashamed of my hair and ugly. This girl was young, extremely pretty, but fat. I could have returned the insult but that’s not in my nature and I’m not sure why she had to be that cruel. For me the word ginger is the new “paki” or “nigger” or “pikey” or any of the similar godawful words now that are discriminatory, deliberately used to offend and humiliate, are hurtful and and always should be challenged. Although comedians have helped and made it humourous, it is still done in a self effacing, self derisive way, so doesn’t really challenge the name. Comedians will not make jokes nowadays about niggers or pikies etc, and nor should they make jokes about gingers and say we are a fetish blah blah blah. Just stop making us or anyone of a minority group into the butt of humour. If we teach the next generation anything... we’ve taught them it’s bad to smoke, to eat less sugar, being gay is accepted, then also teach them that the word “ginger” is unacceptable and confirm it in the dictinary! The word nigger in the dictionary is described as a “contemptious tone for a dark skinned person” So should ginger state in the dictionary that it is a contemptuous tone for red haired people,. Make it unacceptable just as smoking indoors is or use of the words that have changed in their meaning is. The jokes have to stop , they are offensive and hurtful and discriminatory and should be challenged. We now have google showing us the good looking red haired women and men. I fortunately have never had issues of being called ugly or not found attractive but once again do we show blonde or haired people as being ugly.. Noooo... . Well loads of people have varying looks and if anyone out there hates people for the colour of their hair then they are no different from those that hate people for the colour of their skin and no different from nazis and racists. I have found over the years that the people that make the sh*t comments are the most insecure and ashamed people of all of us. Shame on them and power to us.

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      christine 

      3 months ago

      to kathy the 64 yr old redhead, im 59 and can relate totally w your feelings .I had the meanest bunch of catholic school brats bully me thru grade school and to high school.i felt like my self esteem was gone.I tried to be stong but i also have encountered nasty ppl who judge either some old wives tail or a couple of bad experiances.I to wished i could have been more crude amd blunt now i just dont care,i know what ive been through and done in my life,also sweet revenge when at 59 my hair is thick and golden red im still slim most in my over 55 are short stout gray hairs who hate me and im loving it lol

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      Joy Lynskey 

      4 months ago from Vinton, Va

      Exactly.

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      Joy Lynskey 

      4 months ago from Vinton, Va

      This is the most heart wrenching thing I've read in a while, Lara. I'm so sorry this has been a reality for you. You're so, so, right and this is all so, so wrong.

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      Joy Lynskey 

      4 months ago from Vinton, Va

      You've unfortunately proved me right. Have a day.

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      Joy Lynskey 

      4 months ago from Vinton, Va

      Sure.

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      astrid 

      4 months ago

      as a redhead i can verily say this is the most incredibly moronic thing i’ve ever read. i think i lost some brain cells there

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      lia 

      4 months ago

      you claim nothing makes you angry and then two sentences later go on a paragraph long rant about how much rage people who dare to bring their problems into your life induce in you

      you are definitely an angry person

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      arin 

      4 months ago

      this is so incredibly ridiculous

      i think the writer needs a mental hospital

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      4 months ago

      It has been so weird to get into this web page...cause the women i like the most are red head,,,,sadly in my country are few.. for me they are the most beautiful women. thanks god.!

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      MedicineBowCO 

      6 months ago

      I hate being characterized by any part of my body. I am not a red head unless I get sun burnt, which is most easily done. Do brunettes get called brownheads or blondes yellow heads of black haired people blackheads? No. I prefer "ginger", a plant with a beautiful red flower and spicy root, though a male. I am a whole human being. The hair is the same from the top of my toes to the top of my head... and it's not red. Stop signs and rubies are red, not ginger hair. What is strange about that? I hate public showers. I hate threats of violence. I hate the filthy poetry and pejoratives that have been directed at me. I hate having had to jack a few jaws (The ones I could). Do we have more pronounced tempers? Well golly gee, I wonder why.

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      Christine 

      6 months ago

      One other thing about redheads. They are the only humans who have orange tinged amino acids, the building block of life. We are special, no doubt!

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      Christine 

      6 months ago

      If one is pretty or handsome in a way similar to to dark eyebrowed blonds and brown haired people and skin that tans then you might be put on a pedestal for such gift of red hair. If you have what are considered common redheaded traits, freckles and fair lashes that’s a step down. I had red, bright huge curly hair, aqua eyes, freckles on my nose and a few elsewhere. I also had amblyopia so I wore glasses. I had friends but I was not considered pretty by my piers. As a teen I would hear remarks from older guys saying I was going to be a knockout which didn’t fit my picture of myself. I learned that like many, I am a type. You either saw my beauty or not. Many did and did to an extreme. I learned what you look like as a child does change. My parents loved my hair. Turns out I’m an Irish Dane per DNA. True on anesthesia and false on grey hair. I started turning at 32. I’m now blonde!

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      Michelle francis 

      6 months ago

      A. M. Wtf is a stereotypical redhead.? You dick head

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      RedishCopper 

      6 months ago

      I have never been bullied for my red hair. My hair is a reddish copper color for 3/4 of the year, and spends the other 1/4 blonde and brown. My friends have always been confused if it was blonde, brown, or red. I'm caucasian, but my skin isn't particularly pale, and not freckled. There is another girl with full time dark red hair, pale skin, and freckles, but the most the has ever happened to her was people asking if she was irish. LOL. Not everyone with red hair is irish. It's just a hair, color. People shouldn't make anything more out of it.

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      A.M. 

      6 months ago

      So, all throughout my elementary school years I was bullied. I never found out why, never had a clue why. I have a darkish red hair colour, and blue eyes. I always got along better with boys than girls in school because boys didn't gossip as much as the girls did. I dont like gossip, and even today if I hear someone gossiping I'll pounce on them. #1, it's not biblicaly OK, and #2, other people's lives are not our business to discuss! I don't like unjust things, and for a redhead, I do have a temper when it comes to them. I'm chill now whenever someone tries to embarras me, or insult me. It's quite fun to see them react to me not being all mad. My point is, I am who I am and Im not the stereotype redhead, so you shouldn't treat any of us like that. We aren't all just the same as what you think.

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      Will 

      7 months ago

      I grew up made fun of as a male with red hair that's not quite the orange but shines like fire in the light. Carrot Top, Ginger, and nowadays it seems every TV series has to make some comment about red heads in a derogatory manner. I get told all the time (usually by women too young or too old since I can remember) that I have such 'beautiful hair' (yah what a guy always wants to hear anyway). But I've been bullied, and picked on, and I've also had it be an attractive trait, rarely but it has happened. A very attractive more mature woman once told me "You're a cute RED-HEAD." Which would have made me feel great, except she had to add in the red head part as if it was impossible. My point is though, it almost strikes me as funny that we do actually experience what one really could see as racism or prejudice, discrimination. I've had job interviews where as soon as the interviewer laid eyes on me I could just sense in the air I wasn't getting hired, they instantly took a dislike and they only looked at my hair. It's as if we're literally the smallest minority in the world and we do actually know what it's like to be treated differently. Weird isn't it? I'm sure it isn't the same for everyone, and it's almost like we have to take it as a joke. TV for instance, it's always a "joke" but who here is a red head and hears the comments or jibe or straight up rude comments against a red head in a show and not at least.. twitched a little and felt that rise of aggravation? I'm a father of four. My wife is brown haired, brown eyed, but if the light hits just right you can see the red streaks in her hair. All four of our children are strawberry blonde to dark red, clear as day. Including our oldest, the most beautiful girl ever laid eyes on with blue eyes and fiery red hair. And it shames me that she already at 7 yrs old gets picked on for her hair.

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      CHICA 

      7 months ago

      My brother is mean to me and has red hair I don't know why he does that

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      Layla 

      7 months ago

      I really like red-headed people, I don't know why.

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      Ally Diggory 

      7 months ago

      People have judged me my whole life because of my hair colour. Now a days I keep my hood up and my face down to avoid being taunted.

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      Robert 

      7 months ago

      I had bleach blond hair that turned into a dark brownish red. My eyebrows and eyelashes are bleach blonde along with my arm and leg hair. I wasn’t tormented for it as a kid . I have received a lot more remarks after about 25 since I gues I’m more frecklely. Most people do not like me . I get treated unfairly. Women have hurt me over and over again. I got to the point where I accepted that I would be alone for the rest of my life. I wish I could accept it and be happy because it’s been years since I felt good. All because of red hair. People drive me nuts . It’s a catch 22 because a lot of the time they just can’t stand that the red haired guy is smarter and more good looking . They think they are superior and that there is no way for that to be true so they treat you badly

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      Lara Schmidt 

      8 months ago

      I have experienced a lifetime of grief for having red hair, so much that I don't know where to begin. I was ostracized all during my school years, and this rejection reached its peak when I was barred from a Senior Week trip to the Jersey Shore because of my ugly hair. In addition, the guy I dated at the time walked out of my life without saying goodbye. Sucks because I truly loved him, and he said he wanted to marry me. But in the end, he didn't want a redhaired wife, and he certainly didn't want redhaired kids.

      I thought that after I graduated from high school and entered the adult world, people would grow up and treat me fairly. Well, not always. I worked at a lot of jobs with married couples, and the female halves of those couples didn't trust me, even though I had never given them reason not to. Apparently, my red hair signified that I was some kind of homewrecker. Then there was the bitchy blonde supervisor who constantly insulted me for my red hair; I ended up having to quit that job, even though I liked it and was good at it, because the abuse was so bad.

      I stayed in an toxic relationship for far more years than I should have because no one else wanted me. Because of my hair color and the negative stereotypes it carried, the men weren't exactly breaking down my door, and I had no options for a better significant other. Although eventually I met my wonderful husband, who has never had a hangup about my hair color. He's one of the few blessings in my life.

      There have been times in my life when I've been approached by men who wanted to get to know me better, but most of them were disgusting men who only wanted to lay a redhead so that they could cross a box off their bucket lists, or equally disgusting men with fetishes, or poor souls who had struck out with all the available blondes and brunettes and were desperate to hook up with someone, anyone.

      I have faced much discrimination in my job search, especially in white-collar settings, which are the most discriminatory and judgemental places you will find. In such environments, my hair color signifies that I'm a trollop who will behave inappropriately with the men in the office, or a hothead with a bad temper, or a flake. There is rarely any good news when searching for a job and having red hair.

      People tell me how lucky I am to have red hair and how badly they want my color. Well, if they want to contend with lewd, disgusting people; impertinent questions; stares; taunts; and discrimination, they can have at it.

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      Alona lail 

      8 months ago

      I am a red head and i get bullied Alotttt but one thing that you should say to them is i will eat your soul for dinner. One day this girl came up to me and said you remind me of a donkeys ass i turned around and i slapped her so hard she had a red hand on her face for 3 days and she has not ever messed wiht me sence so if anyone tells you that you are not good enough show them the inner you because guess what us red heads are devilssss...

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      mike 

      8 months ago

      The moment you are ginger and people talk about you like you are some kind of sub human. But you deserve that shit because it's your own fault for being born that way. Dyeing your hair red is cool but being born with a red hair then people wish Hitler killed tons of them.

      Then people talk like it was joke don't take it offensively. 

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      me 

      9 months ago

      i'm in my 50s and everything I have read about red heads I have experience myself going thru life.

      Enjoy the privilege of having red hair.

      Embrace all the comments as a compliment of the trates we carry as red heads.

      Most people are more jealous and envious that we are 2%ters

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      Clary Morgenstern 

      9 months ago

      Redheads are amazing. My boyfriend Jace thinks so too(;

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      Madeleine 

      9 months ago

      I was so confused about my hair colour. You see, I am light ginger, others vue me as strawberry blonde, but when I correct them they just say that they can see for themselves what my hair colour is. But they are incorrect. I have grown up my entire 13 years with this hair colour, I think I can Be the judge of what it is seen as.

      I was looking on the internet to see what men thought was the least attractive hair colour, and I was mentally wounded to see about 70% of the people thought redheads weren’t as good looking as brunettes or blondes.

      And that I see as stupid, we redheads own less than 2% of the worlds population! That makes us rare and unique. Not short tempered or stupid.

      And I speak to all the redheads out there, be proud of your hair colour, and don’t ever think those COMMON haired people have any sort of power over you!

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      Anon 

      9 months ago

      This article can't be all that accurate. I have red in my hair, I believe it is called ginger? Between strawberry blonde and classic red. Anyway, I have NEVER been picked on or bullied for my hair color. In fact, I didnt even know it was red until this guy in highschool made the joke "gingers have no soul" to me and another red headed girl had to explain to me what a ginger even was. But he hung out with us all the time, and I doubt he would have let anyone else make those kinds of jokes to us. Both of us understood that he was just teasing and we would tease right back. It was fun, because we all knew we didn't mean it. Of all the natural red heads that I know, none of them were ever bullied or picked on. Perhaps because we are in the South with way more of that "good ol' boy" mentality? And also in Florida, where people are more chill in general. But seriously, never a problem. Even with people who DID say terrible things about me, none of it was about my hair.

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      Bithc 

      9 months ago

      Because they talk to much like I need to say my thing

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      sav 

      9 months ago

      Ya, i'm a teen and a proud ginger. Yet the things people pull outta their butts just to hurt you, because you don't conform to their belifs naturally(attitude and looks) are really quite cruel. I find most people i meet (and im saying this as non-prejudice or judgmental as i can) who make fun of me are blondes. Just because every other actress or model has blonde hair doesn't mean they can hold themselves up with the 'GODLY-er THAN THOU' crap is ridic. I want equality for everyone, because why not? #GingerPower

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      Pat Carrothers Weber. 

      10 months ago

      A great article. I am not a ginger but have a daughter who is along with several other family members. It is a beautiful color to have.

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      Lilyana 

      10 months ago

      The was a great article. I appreciate your defensiveness to the subject and how you approached your topics. I don’t see where you have proven that redheads are horrible so I’m going to believe that these people just interperted your view differently. Including me there are either 5 or 6 redheads in my grade. There isn’t much discrimination at my school and we are able to talk about things openly without feeling the need to insult someone on their religion, ethnicity, hair color, or anything other. There are 3 male redheads and 2 female (one is me) and we don’t get insulted for our hair much. We all go to a public school but I feel the real reason there isn’t much discrimination at our school is because where we live. We are in a bubble and just across the bridge there are a lot of dangers. Though I agree that males tend to have it worse than females in our school it’s different. They are all very athletic, therefore all pretty popular just in different groups. Us girls get complimented on our hair and so many people have said they wish they had red hair. Most people do still call us ‘ginger’ or ‘the redhead’ but it never seemed a problem. Rarely they called me a spawn of Satan but I think that was also because of a Scorpio and there were my friends so they like to tease and they never meant it. It never really hit me that there was redhead discrimination until I went to the UK and everyone looked like I would kill them or that I have severely insulted them. When I was in a line to get groceries some one said some very crude and vulgar things to me which hurt. One thing that I noticed is some of these comments is that they had one bad experience with a redhead and now act like that all redheads are horrible. Redheads are humans too. We are all different and that is what makes us human.

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      John 

      10 months ago

      I really like a girl in my school because she is patient and helpful I don’t really focus my thoughts on her strawberry blonde hair colour.

      In the UK, there is often some dislike towards red hair colour especially with boys but I don’t feel it resonate around the whole society. People should not be judged according to their hair colour- it’s character traits that matter.

      I enjoyed reading through this article but I think that we shouldn’t really start labelling people due to their hair colour or call them names or inhuman. It is not morally correct in any way shape or form. How would you like it if you were in their position for your hair colour? Some of these comments seem extremely disrespectful from perspectives of religion and science that don’t seem valid. Try being a bit more insightful before you blurt something out.

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      Christina Clifton 

      10 months ago

      My boyfriend has redhair, and believe me when he gets mad or someone does something he flips. Not for the reasons you’d think though.

      He has a hard home life so he can’t help but get angry sometimes. It happens to the best of us.

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      Elbert Colorado 

      11 months ago

      People wonder why gingers have tempers. It's not just an urban legend. When one gets frequently bullied or harassed, it makes one readily sick of it. As a 10 year old boy, I remember having been tormented for having red hair.

      One day it became so painful that I stood beside my house sobbing and trying to pull the hair out of my head. I don't share this with many people but, we home-schooled our kids. There were 3 reasons: 1) quality of education in the public schools had diminished, 2) they seemed to be getting progressively anti-Christian, and, 3) the one I don't tell people, to keep them from experiencing the torments I had to go through.

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      Maddy 

      11 months ago

      As I am a redhead teen I haven’t really delt with bullying of my hair color. In 2nd grade I did get called carrot top and ginger and stuff but it never really took a poll on me. I can say I do get in trouble sometimes.... and the only downside to being a redhead is whenever there was a sub and me and my friends would “misbehave” the sub would always write down “the redhead” and I would always get in trouble. But people do make red head jokes but I always take them as a compliment. Honestly I wouldn’t trade being a redhead for anything. Sometimes I get mad cause my hair color doesn’t match sertain colors of clothing. But in the long run nobody will forget you. And you have speacil connections with other redheads that most people won’t understand.

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      Hailey 

      12 months ago

      Me being a redhead I really like this I am always the one said to have a high temper but what my family thinks is that I am a person that is always kind and respectful to others so I do not think of myself as a high tempered person. And if there is another redhead out there my advice is to be you and not be scared of that because if they do not like you they are crazy

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      Gideon 

      12 months ago

      I will just say as a red head my self, some of the things may or may not be true, but the temper thing is true of all redheads male or female since we are born that way. Also we are extremely stuborn and strong willed.

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      Tommyrocks 

      12 months ago

      Oh my God some of the comments! Some of you people should learn to read and write before trying to formulate an opinion on a very insightful article. While you’re at it, look at your own hate and see where it is coming from, because it’s actually coming from your own insecurities and self loathing. Either that or you’re a religious zealot who can’t think for yourself. As if God would hate a hair colour that he supposedly created! Too moronic. Any person of red hair should be judged purely on their individual merits, not on their colouring, just like every person with brown black or blonde hair. To generalise even in the most superficial way (ie. how attractive somebody is because of their colouring - because all red heads look the same?) is so incredibly ignorant that it makes a fool of you. Let alone that redheads are in some way evil?... how old are you? If you don’t like redheads for their hair colour, then you deserve all the happiness of somebody who has a tiny perpesctive and very limited resources. If we’re to dislike any group of people, how about we make it the unbelievably stupid, insecure generalisers?

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      Brennan white from London, Ohio u.s.a. 

      12 months ago

      I think redheads are like other people. even if they are from the... what did you call it. neantherlands? any ways I have Irish in my DNA and when the light shines on my hair there is a red-ish tint. so I am here to defend my people.

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      donna pinciotti 

      13 months ago

      oh my lorddd just tell me why, jeez

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      Julie knox 

      14 months ago

      It's heartbreaking and inspiring reading these comments but more so the ignorant sh*ts and haters on their ridiculous ignorant comments on redheads. I wonder if they posted a selfie of themselves we would sigh in awe at their beauty and agree that redheads should be sent to an island and gassed for their ugliness whilst they send their photos to Vogue and Hollywood because they are so gorgeous ( yeh right....)... absolutely ridiculous, shallow and pathetic. I agree that the UK is terrible at this discrimination and it's shameful that young people are made to feel so rejected and suicidal. Ditch the word ginger... we need to be redheads and we are as attractive or unattractive as the person next to us with blonde or brown hair. No difference. I fortunately have not , as a reasonable looking symmetrical faced women ( how stupid to have to defend myself as a redhead that won't make you vomit to describe my features...!)had any problems with bullying as a redhead and I have a phenomenal good looking red headed nephew who is doing ok. But yes I was glad not to have red headed children because of little ugly sh*ts like haters on this site who would make themselves feel better for bullying others...... I'm also not sure comedy helps. It may open awareness but comments from well known comics such as " we are a fetish" etc just perpetuates the problem. More than anything it's acute embarrassing for us to watch and "laugh" at ourselves so the fat ugly brown haired idiot sitting next to us watching the same show feels grateful it's us they are picking on and not him! So in this age if the fantastic millennial U.K. generation tolerant of all races, diversity and prejudice I implore anyone reading this who, actually come to think of it would only read it if they have an unhinged phobia and hatred of redheads because they are bloody weird, to challenge this bullying, intimidation and ridicule of people who are born with non blonde brown or black hair!!

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      Meghan Wawak 

      14 months ago

      These comments are ridiculous. I'm one of the most moral, religious persons you'll ever meet, but I'm SO tired of starting every single conversation about my hair. You start to feel that that your hair is all people care about, and it's tough to know where you fit it; avoid insecure ALL people like the plague...I have naturally long, red, s-shaped curls, and sadly, I've had to accept that other women are jealous whereas I can be friends (or more) with ANY man. Lol. There are worse problems to have than being hot and fiery. Redheads unite!

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      psychopaths red heads 

      14 months ago

      ALL red heads are psychopaths, and not human at all...

      European Neanderthals had ginger hair and freckles

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-ne...

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      stupid red heads 

      14 months ago

      red head came from neanderthals, thus they are not entirely HUMANS, this world would be a lot better without redheads...

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      Redhead wannabe 

      14 months ago

      I sometimes think about dye my hair red. I have tried it with no real success (but beautiful redish brunette anyways).

      My message goes to the suicidal redhead. Even if you are a man, you can dye your hair to make it look less red, or a bit brunette, it is easy!! .. Use colour shampoo specially for men if you are not keen of dyeing it. There are natural infussions to change hair colour.. investigate the options!!

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      Mike 

      15 months ago

      I have surely felt the wrath of women toward a red haired man. I have been laughed at, gagged at, loudly made fun of by complete strangers when I was a kid. I'm now 48, and have zero confidence in myself due to a life of constantly being made fun of. People say,"oh just grow up and get over it". But when you hear this your entire life you start to believe it. My younger brother is the tall dark handsome guy who has girls just falling at his feet. Me? Complete opposite. Women avoid me like I'm contagious. It really bothers me now, since people, mostly women, act as if I don't exist. Suicidal? Maybe, but you get used to being alone. I just think sometimes what have I done so bad to constantly be ridculed? Anyway, thanks for listening all. Take care.

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      Anecdotal 

      15 months ago

      Context: I'm a "ginger" male 25 yr old virgin who's attempted suicide. I never was traditionally bullied, I have never even been in a fight.

      Being a ginger is hard, the comments and insults from random people strangers/acquaintances are hard, but it's the comments made by people you know and trust that hurt the most. That moment when they realize what you are and what they said, they feel bad but nothing compares to the weight of knowing what they really think about you. When this happens multiple times, it only acts as a reminder of what I already know is true. I am a subclass human, of an almost different species, I will never feel true human connection and maybe am unfit for it. Society has no place for me. A utopian future does not contain gingers, I assure you that much. I objectively think gingers are ugly so I don't blame people. As some other people in this thread have noted, I also think its the freckles that are the real deal breaker.

      Despite how it may sound, I'm relatively happy with my life right now and am financially self-sustained working a job I have passion for. I've resigned myself to a life of solitude, I'm just happy to live in such a modern time where technology/the internet exists to make isolation much less lonely.

      The Ginger man's oppression is real. The progressive movements in recent years I feel have only made things worse. The fact that everything else has become off limits to say/joke about except the undesireable nature of gingers implies a collective agreement. I don't envy the systemic nature of black opression but I feel no sympathy, now it's cool to be black, women find black guys more attractive than gingers*(fact based on my personal study titled: "Going to high school"). I know black people (the most obvious parralell imo) experience this social exile at times, but even when rejected from other cultures or races they at least are a part of black American culture. As for me, I have no culture, I am considered white and do experience some of those benefits, i.e. college educated parents, but never felt truly considered white. If someone were to describe me to someone else they would not say "the white guy" they would say "the ginger" or the somewhat nicer "redheaded guy".

      The heightened state of identity politics only acts to highlight with great fervor that I have nothing to identify as, nothing to cling to. I could identify as souless, ugly, evil, untrustworthy those are my options according to society but I refute them. I will exist for now in isolation, I doubt I will ever reproduce so I guess natural selection wins.

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      something 

      15 months ago

      Ehh, according to Christian beliefs, those "Christians", will be cast into the fire. The only negative against redheads in the Bible, is Esau.

      He was a hunter, and married women from neighboring tribes, had a slight temper, and wasn't the most religious fellow, but in the end made peace with his brother.

      As someone with dirty blond/almost brunette, depends on the lighting, never could understand the bias against gingers.

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      Tara 

      15 months ago

      I think since when I'm reading this,the world has changed a lot.Red hair personally doesn't

      Suite me but a lot

      Of the people

      In my area are Scottish or irish.

      Ive noticed that a lot of red

      Heads are often called 'grace',right? Anyways I have nothing against gingers.I actually think it's a natural gift to have red/auburn/ginger hair.

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      ElectricDuckAttack 

      15 months ago

      I was called the mascot of hotheads because I have red hair and I told a teacher. She said something like "Well tell him does that make you famous?" When I said that to him he didn't care.

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      Raven Rose 

      15 months ago

      It's sad, really. People were judged because of their gender and skin colour and now hair colour? humanity is pathetic. I've dreamed of having red hair, it looks beautiful! shame on anyone that has ever bullied a red head just because of their hair colour.

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      Tanya Raynow 

      15 months ago

      My exhusband hooked up with a ginger and not a very attractive one. Bob and I were only married 23 years...and I suppose

      .."If you want to be happy for the rest of your life...never make a pretty woman your wife..." Bob was about 4 inches shorter than myself and his current wife is probably another 6_inches shorter than he is....and just as wide! But they do have alot in common! They moved cross country with their three children to a wonderful, profitable job, gorgeous house and strong family ties!

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      Fynn 

      16 months ago

      The worst for me was living in Phoenix Az. The negative comments by nurse managers and some staff. I couldn't even look at someone without be accused of being aggressive or some bullshit story. My manager absolutely hated me, she gave me a dirty look and said, "you and your flaming red hair " It was strange how other coworkers got away with acting unprofessional and stirring the pot for others. Even the men were horrible, some flat out said they found redheads unattractive. One DJ on a rock station went on a rant about how much he hated redheads, said we were all crazy, don't date us....and alot of men must have taken his advice. I lived there too long and even became suicidal, I wanted an escape from being constantly put down, both at work and in my personal life. So take Arizona off that list of places to visit.

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      dan 

      16 months ago

      I think Red headed men have it worse. Though I don't doubt the heart breaking stories, posted by red headed women. I have been picked on relentlessly my whole life. Even by my own family. Who actually spelled out why more succinctly than any of my other bullies.

      Though it was never spoken of back then in the 1970's. I think It might be better to be in England where it is more severe, at least people don't look at you like you are crazy for bringing in up. I noticed at an early age, when in Kindergarten, It was Me, the 1 Black kid who woudl also grow up to be gay, the 1 hispanic Kid, and the other red head who was also a midget. We quickly became friends since we were all ostracized for being different. But here's the thing... I always felt like, "what a minute what is going on here?" Not that i was lacking in empathy, I've always had more than my share of it, but, I could see how different the other kids were in this all white class, Brian, the other red headed kid, was all of a foot and a half tall, why was I being ostercized? Hair? and I'd bring it up to the adults, what is going on here? and they woudl dismiss it, even though my own Mother called me " her red headed devil" .

      I got beaten up Regularly by kids twice my age and nobody cared, but I got in Big Trouble if a Kid Half My age LIED that I beat him up. He actually had been beaten up but not by me, and my brother saw it. For some reason he lied that I had done it, letting the kid who actual did it get away with it, and my Younger brother, who knew the truth, I didn't I wasn't even there, didn't set the record straight?!? So that Kid's older Brother Beat the Piss out of me, and dragged me threw dog chit, And I "Had it coming" But My older Brother knew I had 2 bullies twice my age taking turns beating me to a bloody pulp, I think they had a schedule, But he never once came to my aid? I could go on for a great long time with horrible stories like this, I just cite this one as the quintessential shorthand version. Literally, I was constantly black and blue for the same thing that got the hammer brought down on me of what won't be tolerated, even when I hadn't done it.

      You ever notice a chubby red headed Kid is Hollywood short hand for Bully? It is true, I was always in the fight. I just wasn't the one picking it. I remember being dragged into the principals office and told " If I see Either of you in here again that's it your outta here" and thinking , " OH Good then I can escape the School Bully!" The other kid receiving this warning... and to look at the 2 of us, it's pretty clear I hadn't started it. Unless I liked getting my ass kicked?

      In High school all I wanted to disappear in the crowd, and not be noticed, I'd gotten very tired of having my ass kicked. Didn't work.

      and girls, I remember how often high school girls would say right in front of me, " I hate red headed guys they are so ugly, not you your different, your not like the others" (Does this sound familiar black people?) But hey I've noticed that Black people Like to go for "Opie" or "Richie Cunningham" both the same person by the way, Great blame me for being the all american white kid....Can't win can I?

      It hasn't stopped as I grown Older either. You show me someone with a Bully tendancy ( which I have saddly concluded is a slight majority of the human race) in a position of authority at work, and I'll show you someone who is convinced I suck at my job and makes my life a living hell.

      I have one word of Advice for Red headed Guys, make Music you'll find the coolest people making music, and at least you will have one respite from the abuse.

      Oh yeah, and Like I said it would be easier to be in England where it is prevalent enough to be talked about, because here in NY. Everyone thinks I am nuts, even my brother's when I had to just stop coming for thanksgiving because of the exhausting HOURS of insults being hurled at me, exclusively, one year inparticular I sat intentionally watching this, but silent, they didn't notice, they were still relentlessly hurling insults in my direction 3 hours later. and they hadn't made a single joke about each other or anyone else. FUN!

      Even a Red headed Woman I was dating, doesn't believe it is true. Funny because everyone was saying to me " 2 red Head's hmm, how is that gonna work?" Like we are just so impossible to get along with. Yeah, I'm really sorry My hair color makes all you Civilized people want to Beat the chit out of me....

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      KilltheRed 

      17 months ago

      I am with you on this one. I have an ex-friend who is a male ginger. He is a ruthless human being and has a poisoned soul. He blames his redheaded traits for being this way.

      A poster had said this and I 100% agree. Redheaded men are truly evil: You have unfortunately proved why I don't like redheads. You describe yourself as not a very nice person though you think you are. Being nasty is not someone who I would wish to be friends with. You said yourself a person would rather be in a room with a wolverine and you can be someones worst enemy, both nothing to be proud of. Also thank goodness having red hair is not common.

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      Maureen68 

      17 months ago

      Having had a unique color of red hair I completely understand all the comments. Even my Doctor when younger did not take my complaints seriously because he said that redheads all have similar problems. As if that alone would cure me? Mostly, I experienced positive feedback, and felt special. Glad I am a Redhead.

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      terry ross 

      17 months ago

      Redheads are never forgotten- we stand out

      and non one who has met me can forget me lol

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      katrina katrina 

      17 months ago

      You have unfortunately proved why I don't like redheads. You describe yourself as not a very nice person though you think you are. Being nasty is not someone who I would wish to be friends with. You said yourself a person would rather be in a room with a wolverine and you can be someones worst enemy, both nothing to be proud of. Also thank goodness having red hair is not common, good thing as it is ugly.

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      Matej red head slovak 

      18 months ago

      Kids at my scholl was make fun on my hairs because i have it red from first class to today when i yougest i think about suiside but i can t do you know that felling when you are red head i want be a officer on slovakia but no !!when i will adult i will maybe move to denmark but ican t leave my friends and family thank for this

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      maddi 

      18 months ago

      i am a true redhead and people make fun of me because of it what do i do

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      Welch 

      18 months ago

      Haha Yah you right. I'm in New Orleans. Painting, tattooing, and playin music. I build furniture, keep a library. Basically I fill my life with shit to do. I get it, cause I sit at a bar, then speak articulately when approached. That can throw people off. I have long ass strawberry hair, I'm covered in tattoos. As a 30 year old dude, in my experience, some great, others bad, people always want to get close and a lot of folks do end up searching the chambers of my heart and mind. Cool, so it goes, albeit it can bring a lot of interest or sometimes persecution. Yah there's a fire in there but please don't play in it, or get burnt. A life of crimson sails on ships pushed by winds of passionate, crazy arrogance.

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      Kristy_me@msn.com 

      18 months ago

      Its because of the brown freckles on the pale skin it looks ackward its about the brown spots nothing else not the hair a dyed redhead is attractive as long as they dont have pale skin with brown spots all over there skin a natural is considered ugly cause of the brown spots all over there skin.

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      Gavin.G 

      18 months ago

      I'm not often accused of being a ginger or red head. But when those times do happen, you know what you have to do? Ignore it. They want to make their freinds laugh as well as themselves to see a 'Ginger' rage at them. Just today I was walking home with my freinds when all of a sudden this guy starts yelling all these hurtful racist comments about my red hair and my culture. Yes, as much as it hurt my feelings, I ignored his insults and went back to talking with my freinds. After 20 seconds the guy stopped. He noticed that he was getting no reaction out of me so he stopped. And notice that these are words coming from a millinial generation red head. So I'm just adapting to the insults and comments about who I am. And here's one more... If people ever accuse you of being a leprechaun, go on with there joke. Ask them if they are the ones who stole your lucky charms. They see no reaction and just turn and walk away. Or laugh and continue to insult you but just say something funny so you best them to the laugh and they don't find it as funny anymore. I hope this was helpful to all those red heads out there. GO RED HEADS!!!

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      Kristy 

      18 months ago

      Easy cause we have the palest of all skin colors and the darkest skin spots or brown spots on our skin.

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      Red Beard Dave 

      18 months ago

      The hate for red heads is mostly for guy red heads. Red head women are considered exotic and desirable.

      Any woman commenting might not fully understand what a red hair guy goes through in life.

      In theory we should love and accept red heads with out thought. At least half the actor son tv are red heads. So we should be used to loving them from tv and that SHOULD cause people to naturally like or even seek out red heads in real life. Like anything else on tv we see that we like. But inspire of the positive exposure red heads get on tv a LOT of people hold disdain toward red heads. Even if they don't realize it. I am a decent looking guy. But I am 43 and sill single. I am a stepping stone until the woman finds what she really wants. The red hair is a curse. But I still own it and wear it proud. Gotta just say f*ck it. But still alone.

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      Nola Pelser 

      19 months ago

      I have blond hair but three of my siblings have red hair - it is still the most beautiful hair color for me and I always give compliments to red haired persons wherever I see them !! Red hair is stunning !!!!!!

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      Joseph Weinman 

      19 months ago

      Enjoyed the read. I'm the only red head in the family and always felt like the black sheep. I was even kind of a loner, quit and picked on when I was little. When the kids realized that my fist hurt more then their words it stopped. Girls were the cruelest because I was raised better then to hit a girl but I learned to be witty with the insults. As I got older the girls actually started chasing me. Kids can be cruel and with it gave me a different perspective on the world but that's the way of the red head. We weren't meant to see things normal. I don't like seeing red heads either classified as bullies or nerds in cartoons ,comics , magazines and books. To be honest I've rarely met a red head that wasn't down to earth and funny. God made us all beautiful in a special way. Sometimes the impacts he puts in our lives mold us into the leaders he wants us to be. Yes some people in the world are less fortunate but no one in any part of the world should thinks it's because of their skin color or hair color.

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      Erland Gora 

      19 months ago

      Different people, different judgements and opinions.I personaly enjoyed reading this article, seemed very interessing to me.

      Diversity is one of the most beautiful things Nature or God has included in creation.Every race ,etnicity or fenotrype they carry,have their own beauty and particularitys.

      Albino and natural redhead ginger fenotrype are the Characteristic that can be faund in every race of the human beings, so this showes that all we are just humans in the end.

      I am actually a blond natural, but this doesn't mean that I actually hate other people for being different, on the contrary I 'd gratulate or compliment them,especially natural redheads girls.,for they do actually attract me more than any other type of women.They amaze me with olmost every of the physical Characteristics they posess,I love their silky soft skin whitepeached toned with the lovely frackles,their wonderfull hypnotising scent and of course the amazing firey amazingly Red colour of their hairs, no matter if they're straight or as gloving waterfall of fire or bushy with wonderfull curlys...

      I love and adore their character, and the strong Personality.. In few words they are just wonder of God and Nature... And I'd be really happy if I'd marry a ginger redhead woman and to have beautiful children with same Characteristics as hers.

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      Arabic redhead ginger 

      19 months ago

      Im strawberry blonde or redhead but Im muslim from arab, I hope no one can tell me Im redhead terrorist, thank you

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      Vincent Klosterman 

      19 months ago

      I've never related more to an article than I do right now.

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