Isn’t it funny how in media today, you never see the head football player sporting red hair or the captain of the cheerleading squad bouncing around a red head full of curls? Instead redheaded characters are often left to play the nerd, as in Diary of A Wimpy Kid, or the loveable but wacky wife, like in I Love Lucy, or some other minor character. Why aren’t the redheads preferred, but rather treated as culturally undesirable?

As outrageous and shocking as it may seem, society today has dubbed something as innocent as your hair color to be scrutinized against. Admittedly, redheads truly are a minority and often times feel like the oddball out.

It’s a sad to see how the bigotry against redheads goes not only unchallenged, but also unnoticed. Redheads, often nicknamed ‘carrot-top’ or ‘ginger’, are usually just forced to “roll with the punches.” There is never a protest or parade crying against the injustices done unto redheads, though because of recent news, maybe there should be. In Cryos, Denmark, home to the largest sperm bank in the world, it was announced that they intended to reject all future donations from would-be donors with red hair. To say it simply,

“No one wants a ginger baby.”

But now consider this…

“Imagine the puttering indignation if the sperm banks were suddenly refusing donations from blacks… Yet when it is gingers being spurned, there are no protests, no demonstrations.”

The sperm bank incident is just one prime example of “gingerism” depicted throughout society. What caused this “gingerism” depicted in society; how, if given the choice, most mothers would never choose a baby with red hair? They feel that a redheaded child is unwillingly setting itself up for an inevitable face full of freckles and a life full of low-level bullying.

In a society filled with blondes, who ‘have more fun’ or the brunettes who have countless role models to look up to, such as snow white, do redheads find themselves lost in the shuffle? Are they, themselves becoming a minority, a “race” within the population, signified by their genetic hair makeup?

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: Redhead Nerd on Right

Quotes from: Bell, Matthew. “Red Hair is Not A Birth Defect.” The Week 30Sept. 2011:16.


2 responses

  1. seabeegirl says:

    As the mother of two red-haired daughters (not strawberry-blonde, they are flaming red) I can say that this article is so true! I think that the stigma is even worse for boys than it is for girls, though. I can’t believe that the sperm bank actually had the audacity to refuse red-haired donors! That is very scary and doesn’t bode well for the continuation of the red-haired gene. Personally, I love redheads. Always have, even before I had 2 of my own. My youngest daughter has come home crying from school because of constant, unending teasing about her hair color. Boys have even gone so far as to call her “firecrotch.” Yet, teachers have done nothing, though this is clearly sexual harassment. Why are redheads such acceptable targets? Even on the TV show South Park, “gingers” are depicted as having no souls. I think it’s time for all redheads and those who love them to stand up and say, “enough!”

  2. abezerra says:

    I never thought much about the media portrayal of redheads until you brought it up. Ha. Now that I think about it, in “that 70’s show” Donna wasn’t such a “hottie” until she became a blonde. I can’t think of any other redhead characters off the top of my head, other than Lindsey Lohan’s characters, and I DO NOT want to get into that one.