Why Do People Hate Redheads?

Updated on January 31, 2019
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Having red hair is something I'm very proud of, despite the negative comments I get from close-minded people.

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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, then 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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Why Do People Dislike Redheads?

It seems like the world has a fascination with redheaded people, something about the rarity of the hair color elicits reactions from everyone else. Redheaded people are constantly depicted as having fiery tempers and being less attractive than people with different colored hair.

Much of this has to do with an ingrained cultural bias towards redheads, who due to their rarity, have been shunned by society at large for a long time.

Redhead Racism?

At times throughout history, redheads have been persecuted, and the trope of red hair has been used to give characters firey tempers and attitude problems. Red hair has also been associated with magic and witchcraft.

  • 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. Paul's Cathedral Eve sports a fine long blond mane of hair, while in the Sistine Chapel, she displays brown locks. However, in 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.

Popular singer Ed Sheeran is one of the most well-known redheads in the world.
Popular singer Ed Sheeran is one of the most well-known redheads in the world. | Source

Redheads in Popular Culture

We've touched on a good amount of superstitions and cultural associations that people have when it comes to redheads, but in recent times there have been some startling depictions of red-haired people in the media. We see plenty of red-haired actresses like Emma Stone, Lindsay Lohan, and Amy Adams dyeing their hair to make it a totally different color and plenty of recent studies have shown that women prefer red-haired men the least.

So, we know that having red hair is typically seen as a negative, but it wasn't until South Park got a hold of the redhead hate that the movement really exploded.

South Park and Redheads

The television show South Park makes fun of a variety of people, pretty much no one is safe from the wrath of the show's creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. However, one of the more infamous episodes is about redheads. In the episode "Ginger Kids," Eric Cartman goes on a crusade against redheaded people, or gingers, claiming that they are sub-humans without souls who suffer from a made-up disease called "gingervitus." To teach Cartman a lesson, the other main characters bleach his skin, dye his hair, and tattoo freckles onto his body to make him believe he has contracted "gingervitus," which then leads Cartman to establish a "ginger separatist campaign," which leads to more violence between redheads and non-redheads.

While the episode was clearly satirical in nature, many people were not smart enough to understand this and took much of the episode of face value, mocking those with red hair. Some of the more extreme individuals even established a "Kick a Ginger Day" in which redheads are mocked and kicked every October 20th.

Red Head Facts and FAQs

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A French study done in 1980 compared three women: one blonde, one brunette, and one redhead. The results of the study showed that the redheaded woman was viewed as more treacherous, more mean, and more likely to be unfaithful than the other two. Suffice to say; the French do not think highly of redheads.
  • 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.

It looks like I'll be changing my retirement destination to Denmark, and I'll be staying away from France or Corsica as well!

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Growing Up With Red Hair

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 were never truly vicious 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 getting taunted, while I was pre-teen girl who could hear taunts that would make a hardened criminal blush, and not show any emotion.

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, she also loved my hair. She 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.

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A Learning Experience

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?"

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. The 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

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 really pissed off about it. How dare you invade my life with your nonsense? 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.

It's funny; I was a very scrawny kid. I 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 contests of strength, intelligence, and academics.

In general, women 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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        Julie 

        3 days ago

        Most guys like girls with brown pubes, sorry if that offends you redheads. They are not into platinum blonde anymore or that look its the ash look now they're into.

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        Mathew 

        3 days ago

        redheads have blonde pubic hair most people dont. That's what makes them stand out and why they're so different then most as most people are dark.

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        Yasmin 

        10 days ago

        I just searched “why people don’t like gingers” because I didn’t understand the negative comments about them on 9gag. I always think redheads are pretty people. Red hair is cool - I even tried to color my hair red once haha. I also wish to be able to adopt a redhead. You guys are that beautiful to me

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        Sarah 

        2 weeks ago

        Ginger why would you be ashamed of having blonde eyebrows? Thats hot especially in females dint understand why youd be ashamed of that?

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        Jake 

        2 weeks ago

        omg blonde boy here love redheads oh they drive me crazy!!

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        Dylan 

        2 weeks ago

        Its true I fond redheads actually.very attractive cause they have the whole.platinum blondshell body more then ash blonds. Ash blonds look more like spaniard body.for some reason which is also attractive but the redhead naturally obviously is blond over most girls the closest more golden blonds these days. Thats very rare and becoming more attractive the rarer ot becomes sonthe only reason I can think anyone would bring you.down is cause theyre extremely jealous of you.

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        Ginger 

        2 weeks ago

        I'm a redhead and I'm pale with blonde eyebrows and eyelashes which I get teased for. Honestly, I'm disgusted with the people who won't accept gingers. But even if I was blonde or brunette, everyone'd find another flaw in my physical body, but what matters is on the inside. It's cheesy but true and even when I can't find a reason not to hide in my bed forever and not come out, someone changes that. I still feel insecure about my hair and eyebrows and struggle to make friends because they judge me before I even talk to them, but I try to accept myself. A message to fellow gingers who can't pick themselves up: 'If people don't like you it's because you remind them of something they don't like about themselves. And if they don't accept you, they are obviously insecure. Keep your chin up because someone will always be there for you, even if you can't see them.'

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        Luke 

        2 weeks ago

        Yes most redheads have white looking pubes where most blonds have asy looking ones just the way it is redheads are paler and whiter then blondes now days.

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        Mark 

        2 weeks ago

        Why donredheads have blond pubes and blinds have more black ones? Every redhead ive been with have blonde pubes?

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        Name 

        2 weeks ago

        Red hair is just simply less attractive, and it stands out. It would be like if a non-african had african hair texture; that is to say it's a highly noticeable trait that is regarded as less attractive/undesirable by a majority of people.

        In most regions of the world, red hair is of comparable rarity to blonde hair, but blonde hair is consider vastly more attractive.

        Sucks, but that's reality; so there is no reason to try to give a newspeak positive spin to it. If you take objection to that fact, it is a fault in you that signifies you determine your own self worth through the opinion of others.

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        Meghan 

        3 weeks ago

        Unfortunately red hair is considered bombshell you are a bombshell as a natural redhead so naturally your gonna be out in the sex objext category if your a natural its just the way it is.

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        Jessica 

        4 weeks ago

        Im.sorry im a natrual redhead and when i was younger i had natural blonde highlights. I will never ever die moy hairnfor anyone god mad me this way if someone is jelous thats ther eown fricken problem and its a sin to be jealous anyways so they'de be sinning its a sin to dislike anyone anyways fronwhat god gave them which would make them evil if they did. Unfortunately many men find me sexually attractive and hot but i'm more then a sex object.

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        Audrey 

        4 weeks ago

        I hate being called a ginger. I have dark auburn hair that’s reddish-brown. People make fun of it. I don’t get it. It’s just a hair color, and it’s way prettier than any other so all you blondies and brunettes, etc can shut up. I have a temper, but that’s not what redheads are about. I’m actually not pale! I tan! I don’t have any freckles I have brown eyes and I have brown eyelashes and eyebrows. People may say I’m lucky, to have brown eyebrows and eyelashes because some red heads don’t. But still, being a red head is hard. I’m not an unattractive person outside. Nor inside. But, I’m not this angry jerk. Red heads are determined, brave, spirited, definitely soulful, and they care. I’ve always found it offensive that in children’s book shows the red heads with pale skin and freckles are always the spoiled and bratty characters. I just don’t get it. I grew up with my mean older brother constantly loving to set off my temper and keep me from being me by calling me a ginger, which is crazy since he is one. Which is why I’m dying my hair brunette. There’s you go world, you won.

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        Heather 

        4 weeks ago

        Im a natural blonde i was with a brunette guy. All of my kids have brown hair except for one and she's a redhead and shes the prettiest one of them. She has the real white pink everything and blonde eyelashes and everywhere so shes the lightest of all of us an most angelic. Think about it if everyobe stopped dying their hair including me cause mine is dark blonde and i bleach it in summer like everyone else natural.red hair would be the color of the summer but unfortunately ill.be first to admit natural fakes like me ruin it.

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        Nathan Willman 

        4 weeks ago

        hello everyone or should I say fellow redheads I really like listening to other peoples struggles also if they are a redhead because it shows that I am not the only one getting picked on all time. I am a natural redhead and it sucks during the time your in school, but at the end of the day, I am so glad That I was born this way because it shows that no matter what people throw at me I always get back and stronger than ever. I have been called, ginger, lucky charms, carrot top, crayon, you name it I have been called it. Anyways I don't think anyone will read this but have a nice day fellow reader and/or redhead.

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        Prince James 

        5 weeks ago

        Greetings from a fellow Redhead. Not a question but a comment: Nicely written, but I'm sadden to read you are glad your sons are not part of our rare fraternity. It is a rough road at times, but we rise above the problems and are the most special of people.

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        Zoe E 

        5 weeks ago

        I'm a natural redhead I can relate to all of this because I do have some anger issues some people piss me off because they make fun of me but all I do is just walk away because they don't bother me but I have friends thank you for doing this because I learned more then what I knew about myself

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        Sabrina Salter 

        5 weeks ago

        My friend IS A REDHEAD! And she’s nice, and everybody is soooo nice to her!

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        Kristy 

        7 weeks ago

        I would’ve loved to be a natural red head! Maybe coloring it to a pretty auburn will be just as good!

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        Luke 

        7 weeks ago

        Are you kidding me natural red hair is the prettiest of all next to a natural platinum blonde unfortunately because everyone dies there hair these days no ine knows when they see a natural platinum blonde any more most are 99 percent fake. It's much easier to know an natural redhead. Also the first supermodels were ash blondes and brunettes not platinum blondes and redheads at all. So with that said i think redheads have the advantage as being more attractive. In the winter even platinum blondes go red and in summer brunettes go red so on a year roubd bases its the most saught out hair colors of all so if you have it naturally dont hide it what so ever. Flaunt it!! Flaunt it Flaunt it!!

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        Thomas 

        7 weeks ago

        Because its a bold color and people dont know how to percieve it. Just remember its a Scandinavian trait blame the vikings. Otherwise read your bible its a sin to hate anything god made and he certainly made red hair.

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        Abodu Bolia 

        7 weeks ago

        Gingers have no soul and die of cancer

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        Kathy 

        8 weeks ago

        Think about all the non red haired girls.thqy grew up without dad and the psychological effects it has on them now add red hair to the mix and its no wonder she calls.men basterds yes they do deserve it bit she also calls.women it to for allowing it.

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        Jessica 

        8 weeks ago

        Im a natural redhead my.mom passed away already my father cause of my moms choices wasnt in my.life. i never got to experience a father so idont even know what love really is with a guy and then to have had read hair and be treated horrible for it never helped.growing up just made.my insecurites much worse it actually made.me hate women to for not allowing me to have a father and then not letting me have giys respect me in society so its toward.women and men My.mom was a blonde my dad a brunette. So now i shout out loud when im upset cause i figure if people are gonna be ugly to me i minis well be ugly back. In then end i know its just extreme jealousy!! I get that but theres a different between being certious and just plain rude. If one is rude to me im.rude back!! They deserve it

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        Nate 

        8 weeks ago

        Im notwegian my wife is English are first daughter was born with bright red hair My English wife is a brunette but is a quarter German i'm mostly Norwegian and are first daughter redhead. She's gorgeous with the prettiest blue eyes!! Are other daughter is brunette she looks more like my wife my daughter with red hair looks mostly like me. Sh's unique she's my baby and i love her very much!!

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        Misty 

        8 weeks ago

        Redheads are rare cause it is a recessive trait blonde is the dominant trait for red hair so most redheads have a blonde parent. There is definitely some german or nordic bloodline but the blonde is dominant but if the blonde carries the recessive red and borwn or black has blonde ancestory that carries the red resessivd it will pop up even after a few generations.

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        Bruce shepley 

        2 months ago

        Why are red heads so rare?

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        Marcus 

        2 months ago

        People that talk about redheads badly.have very low self esteem they dont feel very good about themselves or they wouldn't do it obviously they dont feel nearly as attractive as you so they have to find away to bring you down to feel better about themselves take that as extreme jealousy they are of you!! By the way which is a sin so if they did that to you they sinned greatly to to jelousy!!

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        MedicineBowCO 

        2 months ago

        My wife and I had 5 ginger kids. We noted the burgeoning anti-Christian attitudes and declining academic standards in the public schools so we chose to pull them out. Another reason (which I've kept from my blonde wife) is that I didn't want them to go through what I had. I wanted them to grow up well adjusted without meanness and the hate borne of the taunting and bullying that came with having red hair in the places I grew up.

        My mother, with her beautiful red locks, passed away while I was in grade school. My siblings and I were shipped around the country to have a place to stay. A kid without friends or family to back them up, a situation in which we frequently found ourselves, are more susceptible to "unfortunate events." (I understand Anne of Green Gables in a special way). Having red hair only compounded the matter. For example, some people used the pharse "redheaded stepchild." I secretly wanted to be one but no such luck. People will use that right in front of you as though you weren't standing there! It was especially painful when it was preceded with "beaten like a...." Kids don't like to hear that. I know it sounds rather odd but that was my experience.

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        David bishop 

        2 months ago

        I am a ginger, when I was a kid I got in so many fights I was excluded from 11 schools and by the time I was 14 I had broken many people's noses and ribs

        In my opinion that is the only way I could make everyone shut up, i was feared and was glad to be.

        Now I am a psychiatrist,

        (Strange I know)

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        Lukas 

        2 months ago

        I was with a redhead and i can comfirm she was platinum blonde everywhere!!

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        vanessa 

        2 months ago

        Well my friend is a redhead and shes lucky cause she has platinum blonde body hair everywhere i meane verywhere cause i was in locker room with her a and she was the only one with white everywhere and i mean white from eyebrows all the way down like mousy white. The only thing red was on her scalp and it was very exotic. She was was the only one Ive ever seen like that and i asked her if she was albino and she said no and she was 30 years old to it was at christian festival.

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        George 

        2 months ago

        Who hates red heads? The only one I hate is Kathy Griffin, but that has nothing to do with her hair color. I think the most beautiful women in the world are red heads, wish I could find one to date!

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        Ellie 

        3 months ago

        I'm just here wanting to know about redheads because I'm one.

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        Brian 

        3 months ago

        Redheads are hott I would defenitly say the hottedt by far but when a guy wanta tonsettle.

        to settle down with a girl they look for a more down ton earth girl and cause redheads are in the hot category its hard to picture them as the down to earth type. If they are that's great but theres not many natural redheads on hollywood that petray this type t by e only.one I can think if is Molly Wringwald.

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        Red heds are HOT 

        3 months ago

        I have blond hair and I have never fell in love with a blonde or brown or black hair people it is the girls with red hair I will smash anny time ps red head he girls I’m 16 lol

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        Mary 

        3 months ago

        They shouldnt be hated. They should be treated like any one else. Looks aren't the most important thing in life anyways if we qere all in accidents whats on the inside is what would make us attractive regardless of way were born. Loos should be last but unfortunately in this society it often comes first. If we did tge other way people.would be so much happer and there wouldnt be no hate. So my advice to a redhead that is goodlooking would be to focus more on whats on the inside pretend you dont have your looks to define you and then things will only get that much better for you same.things for many blonds!!

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        Christopher 

        4 months ago

        Redheads are hot hotter then any other hair color to me its the sexiest off all Im sorry Im not gonna lie Ive been with a natural redhead shes closer to a platinum blonde more then anything white pink tones blond body hair and brows and is gonna stay white but ahe still has the mos gorgeous red domain of hair on the head and its sad it will turn white soon enough. I Say flaunt it why you got it cause white is to common!!.

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        Irishwitch 

        4 months ago

        I am a redhead who spent the most miserable 12 years of my life in the South. Aside from having red hair, I am.also short with a body type closer to Marilyn Monroe than Keira Knightley. It probably didn't help that I am not a Christian ( like many Irish-Americans I was raised Catholic, and that alone would have ben bad enough-- in the 70s, when my husband lived in a small town around 45 miles from Atlanta, the nearest Catholic church was in Atlanta, and neither his Protestant father and the father of a girl he dated who was Catholic approved of their going out. In fact I am literally a witch, albeit a Wiccan witch-- and a Yankee and liberal and a feminist.a

        Like the writer, I don't start fights but I do end them. I was bullied as a kid for reasons other than hair color, and because we moved a lot (6 schools by the end of 8th grade) and was always the new kid and the smart kid and the shortest girl in any class, I got picked on. I didn't know how to.fight back-- but I learned. And I will.not stand silent when it happens to someone else.

        I am an extremely loyal friend. At my recent 30 year vow renewal, several people --my matron of honor and her husband, and mynfirst husband',s best friend who walked me in and the p h otographer---- Were friend I have known for 39 years.

        And I do need extra anaesthesia. I have to warn dentists, and usually ned more halfway through getting a crown. After the first couple of days on Percocet, it simply ends the pain rather than making me drowsy or high. I also need longer doses of antibiotics.

        The worst part if living in GA was feeling unattractive and losing confidence in myself. I was a published author but those stories didn't count. None of my in-laws wanted to read them. My clothing was all wrong, and the clorhes they approved of looked awful.on me. Think Christina Hendrickson and imagine stuffing her into little elastic waist dresses with puffy sleeves and lace collars.

        But they really hated my hair.

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        Luna 

        4 months ago

        You calling it “redheaded racism” just killed a thousand of my brain cells.

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        Sarah Goodman 

        4 months ago

        RACISM + HYPOCRISY.

        Jews and people of color ALL get blanket protection; but if you're "white" and look different, then that's okay to defame you for it.

        That's the logic of those who ride the short bus and can't do basic math.

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        Leo 

        4 months ago

        I dont mean to sound ignorant but i was watching a stand up comic with red hair joking about what its like having red hair. I have absolutely no idea what problem some people have with those that have red hair. So if someone could help me out and explain what it is that said people find problematic, that would be helpful.

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        the last acceptable form of discrimination or racism 

        4 months ago

        society is still very superstitious and we're all so image obsessed that we even fear anyone who looks different, that fear turns to hate. It's so easy to find one little thing about other people you don't like and then label them as a creep or undesirable.

        A woman can live her whole life being a whore and still get a man to fall in love with her only because she's attractive. It doesn't matter how many flaws you have in your personality or the terrible things you've done in the past, as long as a woman is attractive she can get a man to love her because so many guys just think with their penises instead of thinking with their brains.

        women are so focused on looks and financial status that she's willing to overlook the worst character flaws and if the guy is good in bed she won't care how horrible he actually is. He could be a convicted violent criminal and he can still get girls to like him just because of his figure.

        There's something horribly wrong with society today. Women have sex with abusive alcoholics, and as long as a guy is attractive there's no amount of creepy behavior he can't get away with, but if another guy tries making a move on her she labels him a creep or calls him a rapist.

        common sense is the rarest commodity in our modern world where everyone is so focused on their image that they don't care if you even shot someone in the past a girl will still fall in love with you because he's attractive. He could be a self acclaimed satanist and he can still easily get women to have sex with him.

        psychopathy seems to be the norm in today's world. If you have any physical flaws at all no one will look at you.

        too short

        too skinny

        just a little too much weight

        a guy's penis isn't big enough

        doesn't have enough money in his wallet

        and yet we're all being told to worship women as goddesses no matter how bad they are. If a woman his sexually attractive she can get almost any guy to stick it to her.

        people are too obsessed about looks and they don't even care about the flaws in your morality or personality. Being irresponsible and predatory is more attractive than being a responsible law abiding citizen. Why is it that damaged people get the best sex lives.

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        Jessica 

        5 months ago

        I have these two twin girls that live by my house they are 7. There mom is a blonde their dad is actually mexican or half and they have bright red hair. There older brother looks Mexican with brown hair and they ended up with red. They still have fair skin they are so cute. I asked if he was there dad and he said yes hes there bio dad. Wierd how genetics work cause they have still have brown eyes then my old neighbors from 20 years ago had twin redhead girls and they had more terquise eyes fair skind bright red hair their mom was a blonde to and dad a brunette so these new neightbors are like their minimies and very rare for me to have been neighbors to both sets of redhead twins. Interesting how genetics works!!

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        Sarah 

        5 months ago

        Why can't everyone get along. My mom is a blonde I' m a blonde I have two half sisters one with brown one with red and were all different in our own way. We're all sweet and as ll nice mostly. My moms a blonde also dad brunette. I don't single my redhead sister out as and niether do my parents just because she has red hair shes a person just like anyone else. She is very pale though really pale

        but shes still our sister. Id knock anyone else that is mean to her for it and she would do the same thing for me. Blood is blood!!

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        Jason 

        5 months ago

        My grandpa was actually friends with someone who used to work with Marilyn menroe. She was 70% percent irish a d looked mostly Irish so redheads your lucky to share that ethnicity with her. Also my Grandpas friend said that she actually was not even close to a platinum blonde. She was a very dark redish brown. So a very dark auborn by the time she was 13. As an orphan to she was called red they never clasified her as a blonde ever as a kid. She was always closer to a redhead. Her autolsy discovered she had natural dark red roots as well. So there you have it. The most classified women in the world was more of a natural redhead more then anything else. She also looked way better as a redhead but at the time Lucy who was a natural blonde by the way was front and center stage along with many other redhead models so they needed so that's why Marilyn went blonde to have something different at he time. She was no platinum blonde ever. If anything it was a ashy strawberry brown color but she had very pronounced natural red highlights with the greenish eyes. My point is is most men prefer irish looking girls lol or rhat sweet look that most redheads have. You can put a blonde wig on any redhead shed tuen ito marilyn menroe. However why do that stay natural cause Marilyn probably wouldve got way more attention and less depressed cause she had most gorgous face with her natural red wouldve probably made her actually more confident to get attention for her natural beauty instead of fake.

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        Rebecka 

        5 months ago

        ok in all honesty I'm an ash blonde and I'm a girl but I really think that redheads are hot to I'm not gay but I'll be the first to admit that redheads are very hot hotter then us ash blondes. I think ash blonds have always had attention but redheads truly deserve the title hot. I think when ash blonds get older we're way closer to a brunette then a redhead. Redheads stay blonde all over- they truly deserve the blonde bombshell title more then anyone cause they're the palest and have the blonde fine more then us ash blonds. I don't have anything to hide cause I have always gotten attention by men cause of Madonna who dyed her hair blonde but was actually a brunette. Redheads are the only ones that don't dye their hair and naturally as adults still look smoking hot. As an ash blonde women I can say this. Marilyn Menroe was more of a strawberry blonde or so she should've been clasified way more as a redhead that went platinum.

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        Marcus 

        5 months ago

        Redheads to me are the hottest. Blonds to me are way over rated!! Sorry blonds you are pretty but redheads are gorgeous!! To bad they make only 2% of population and I ended up marrying a blonde. I wanted to marry a redhead but they were either married already or they were to hot for me lol. Basically as a guy I can say redheads are the hottest, brunettes and black make better wives. Redheads make great mothers but they have to many guys after them that I'd be afraid they'd leave me . Blonds are just blah to me I married my wife cause I love her not because she's a blonde but she knows I can't breathe when I see a redhead because she knows earth will stop for me.

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        Antonio 

        5 months ago

        Redhead girl are the bomb us Italian and Mex men love them they are bombshells!! We like blonds to but redheads being so rare are are favorite!!

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        Danial 

        5 months ago

        omfg redheads are godessess the most gorgeous on earth. Growing up I dated blonds but then I met this gorgeous redhead in college and Im a blonde ofcourse well most of the blonds I dated left me for the darker suits and so then I met this redhead that was the sweetest thing I ever layed eyes on prettiest blue green eyes Ive ever seen. She minus well be Princess Diane's daughter to. Well I ended up Marrying my beautiful brunette wife but not because I wasn't attracted to the redhead girl was just to shy to aske her out at the time She's ofcourse married now we're good friends she does a lot of charity work spending her life helping others and she ofcourse is still gorgeous doesnt look her age at all she looks atleast 15 years younger then her agr shes never drank before maybe its kept her youthfull lol as my wife jokes alcohol can do. One think she did have is very pale skin with pink undertone. Very unique most people don't have that. She still flaunts her red hair and Im always telling my wife to die her hair red but she wont but in summer she does lol.

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        Samual 

        5 months ago

        Redheads are my favorite!! Sorry bob that you were turned down by a redhead!! Redheads are the most gorgeous of all in my opinion and smell the best next to blonde I am an ash blonde mail and I prefer redheads the most to me they are hottest cause they have the real pale blonde down below with maybe just a tiny inge of red I know cause Im dating a strawberry and shes the hottest one Ive been with and she is gorgeous I think brunettes can be gorgeous to but the girl I'm dating is breathtaking cause shes not unique but gorgeous and has terquise eyes very rare. She like Isaid is blond down below real white blonde never seen that before but has the most striking deep red on the head. I will agree on that and she does have the pink skin mixed with white. She's the closest I've seen to a true natural platinum blonde. She smells like cocunut and she's very sweet. She's 42 and looks like she's only 25. She's breathtaking and I've never really seen anyone like her in my entire life. That's how redheads are though I guess the most gorgeous breathtaking in a 3000 mile radius or they aren't.

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        Macy 

        5 months ago

        OMFG what gross Bob you probably stink and are disgusting and ugly to ok gross msot blonds probably hate you to cause II'm a blond bombshell but now its ashy but I would never date you cause you probably stink like poop.

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        Bob0987 

        5 months ago

        All Red heads (gingers) have a very disgusting body odor. (both male & female) They shouldnt wear the color green, their skin is too pasty white/pink/ghostly and they thoroughly disgust me and I'm tired of them.

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        Macy 

        5 months ago

        Lisa you said a boy not a man wait till that boy turns into a man and realizes that everything he perceived before was fake and sees reality those natural redheads will necome goddesses.

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        Macy 

        5 months ago

        Lisa your gross sorry but I think your making that up I really do your eithe jeloys of redheads for real or those guys were turned down by one cause all the guys i know said they wished they could date one and theres not enough of them so they choise ash blonde cause more of them but eould prefer a redhead if more were available. Redheads are the most gorgeous creatures on earth Im not a redhead im a brunette but my brothers and all my friends have told me this and they to said redheads are godesses Ron howards daughter the ones like her are drop dead gorgeous and shes natural the ones that naturally look like Jessica rabbit lol!! Very rare most.blonds are fake and whsts on tv is fake so there not reslly getting a realistic picture guys you know sorry redheads are blonds underneath and blonds are brunettes. They might prefer a fake blonde cause of features till a natural redhead puts on a bikini then the natural redhead is never forgotten and all eyes on her.

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        Lisa 

        5 months ago

        I overheard a boy that I had a crush on say, "All blondes are gorgeous. Burnettes have a range gorgeous to cute but never ugly. redheads however are always butt ugly."

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        Vanessa 

        5 months ago

        Also to dorethy I have green eyes and red.hair and have never been called a witch ever i aslo have some blue in my eyes and also some Irish the only.time guys have a hard time si when i turn them down I have always had.more of a problem breaking their hearts then not having enough to choose from so your situation for a redhead is pretty rare.

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        vanessa 

        5 months ago

        Dorethy sorry about your experience that's sad cause where I go everyone wants to date me. I have the opposite problem and if i turn one down they get mad lol. Sorry you had such a bad experience. I have swedish cherokee frendch english bohunk german as well and guys love me but hardest hair color cause if we turn a guy down they wont let us forget it.

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        Dorothy Williams 

        5 months ago

        I had red hair growing up and it was Fire Engine Red. Then my Mom put a perm in my hair and I was UGLY! I got kidded all the time. I heard "you redheaded woodpecker, rather be dead than red on the head, if you had green eyes to go with your red hair, you'd be a witch!" One guy told me he did not want to date me because I had red hair. Yes, it hurt...all of it. I died my hair blonde and all the men chase me and considered a looker. I'm mostly Swedish, Irish, Dutch, and Cherokee.

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        heaven 

        6 months ago

        blondes have more fun from young age redheads get more flirts!!

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        heaven 

        6 months ago

        blondes have more fun reds get more flirts haha!!

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        Truth Really Is 

        6 months ago

        Blondes have more fun.

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        Liam Wright 

        6 months 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 

        6 months 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 

        6 months ago

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

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        Michelle Fleig 

        6 months 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 months ago

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

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        Braelyn Rhea 

        6 months 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 

        6 months 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 

        6 months 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 

        7 months 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 

        7 months 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 

        7 months 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 

        7 months 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 

        7 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 

        8 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 

        8 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 

        8 months ago from Vinton, Va

        I can understand that :(

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        Jessi 

        8 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 

        8 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 

        9 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 

        9 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 

        9 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 

        9 months ago

        i hate rangas

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        Joy Lynskey 

        9 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 

        9 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 

        9 months ago

        Thats why dipshits in school bully me what dickheads

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        9 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 

        9 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 

        9 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 

        10 months ago from Vinton, Va

        Exactly.

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        Joy Lynskey 

        10 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 

        10 months ago from Vinton, Va

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

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        Joy Lynskey 

        10 months ago from Vinton, Va

        Sure.

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        astrid 

        10 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 

        10 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 

        10 months ago

        this is so incredibly ridiculous

        i think the writer needs a mental hospital

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