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    I know it isn't bad to be born with ginger hair but unfortunately they do become the butt of many jokes.

    There are said to be certain charachteristic behaviours associated with having red hair such as being fiery etc but how much of a part does hair colour actually play regarding ones behaviours? If it plays any.


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    As far as I know, the main reason for people with ginger hair having a fiery temper is that they get fed. up. to. the. back. teeth. with being teased about it.

    And this is the best chance I've ever had to put in one of my favourite videos.

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    Whoops! Should have put a NSFW warning on that video.
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    The fiery redhead thing probably comes from the fact that Scottish people have higher percentages of redheads than most (13%) and they have historically been known as mad buggers. Or it could just be the association of colour and temperament. Certainly my brother and niece (both flaming gingers) are the most placid people I know.
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    The truth is, it's not nice to take the micky and make people feel bad but, then, I go to the jokes section and see lots of jokes about blondes!
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    Five risks of being a redhead:
    • Increased sensitivity to pain
    • Increased risk for Parkinson's Disease
    • Increased risk for skin cancer
    • Increased risk for endometriosis
    • Increased risk for Congenital Melanocytic Naevi
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    Quote Originally Posted by hannah40 View Post
    The truth is, it's not nice to take the micky and make people feel bad but, then, I go to the jokes section and see lots of jokes about blondes!
    Blonde jokes or ginger jokes are no different than ethnic jokes. They are basically racist in nature, in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hannah40 View Post
    I know it isn't bad to be born with ginger hair but unfortunately they do become the butt of many jokes.

    There are said to be certain charachteristic behaviours associated with having red hair such as being fiery etc but how much of a part does hair colour actually play regarding ones behaviours? If it plays any.
    Maybe it is just a cultural cliche that temperament and hair colour is related.
    If you dyed a person's hair a different colour would the person get labeled the same way as a person who had that hair colour naturally?
    I think they would, which would mean it is just a prejudice on the part of the people around the person instead of anything different in the person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan hunter View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hannah40 View Post
    I know it isn't bad to be born with ginger hair but unfortunately they do become the butt of many jokes.

    There are said to be certain charachteristic behaviours associated with having red hair such as being fiery etc but how much of a part does hair colour actually play regarding ones behaviours? If it plays any.
    Maybe it is just a cultural cliche that temperament and hair colour is related.
    If you dyed a person's hair a different colour would the person get labeled the same way as a person who had that hair colour naturally?
    I think they would, which would mean it is just a prejudice on the part of the people around the person instead of anything different in the person.

    Funnily enough Dan, I was going to bring the word 'prejudice' in to the discussion but I paused because, I wondered if it actually comes under that descriptive, people take the mick because of hair colour, are they prejudging an action or potential action or just a look?
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    Remember that prejudice only needs a minor adjustment to spelling to become prejudge.

    And that's what prejudice is. When we associate unrelated characteristics and behaviours to people based on how they look or sound then we're prejudging them on a stereotype rather than on their own character or attitude or behaviour.

    Seeing red hair and prejudging that person wearing it as having a bad temper or an unreliable temperament is a classic example.
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    I know it isn't bad to be born with ginger hair but unfortunately they do become the butt of many jokes.
    The "ginger" "redhair" meme is cultural, in other cultures it does not exist and is an alien/bizarre concept.

    condo+colors--pink+and+reds.jpg (image)

    For people who dont know what ginger are supposed to be, this is how it sounds:

    ~ As all of you know, people with "island coral" colored tonsils are really lucky while being sensitive and intelligent etc (specially when they are Capricorn or Skorpio),
    but people with "flamingo dream" colored tonsils on the other hand are known for their ....~
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    Sometimes people just pick out personal things because they dislike that person because they may have done something they dislike, so, they find something about them that they can judge them on.

    Personally, I think it's fairer to call someone out just for being unreasonable.
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