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alabee 07/01/2010 11:41 AM:
I have auburn hair and freckles, and I have to say that it was never an issue[…].
I mean, I am well aware that my experience is not universal, and I have no doubts that other redheads have been tormented. And I suppose there are subtler forms of insults — I’m very pale and a lot of the time, tan girls would say, “Ugh, I’m looking so pale” as though that were the worst thing ever.
CaitieCat 07/01/2010 12:36 PM:
There’s also a homophobic quality to the anti-ginger prejudice in the UK. See, in rhyming slang, “ginger” is short for “ginger beer”, which rhymes with “queer”. So when a man is “accused” of being a ginger, there’s also an overtone of “and probably a fag too.”
JeanJean 07/02/2010 01:42 AM:
I was just over at Atheist Media Blog, and their top story yesterday is Australian PM Julia Gillard Does Not Believe in God (a news item is linked to: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/29/2…)
And since she is a redhead, I can’t help but wonder if there is a connection between the anti-cell whilst driving campaign and the fact that she’s campaigning to keep her job.
Melander 07/03/2010 07:49 AM:
I personally think [the oppression of redheads is] because we aren’t technically a minority in terms of race, sexuality or gender therefore it is within PC norms to pick on us.
the only natural redhead I knew prior to college also had dark olive skin and dark brown eyes (he was Latino), so I am amused that this red-haired oppression rhetoric seems to rely on the assumption that all natural redheads are white, with gleaming porcelain skin. Perhaps I’m just brunettesplaining, though.