Blonde and blueeyed

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I have a blonde-haired daughter. They were probably around sometimes, but I guess I became more aware once I had both a brunette Blonde and blueeyed and and blonde one to love. The main point I want to make is:. We are well-travelled and understand Blonde and blueeyed the rarity of fair features in many places can create a lot of attention for blonde-haired or blue-eyed people.

Here I am talking about my home country Australia, which has been a multicultural nation for over years. Greg, his wife Lisa and their son take a year to travel around Australia in a caravan, which was very interesting to me as my family was about to do the same thing. The book for the most part is enjoyable, well-written and insightful. Greg and Lisa even put their journalistic backgrounds to good use to help a remote community of mostly indigenous people access better food, and to question why aboriginal history is so neglected in most parts of Australia. I find this statement quite disturbing.

We could take it as a joke with a bit of literarybut I think we need to look at it differently. This statement solidifies my objection to the back cover sentence, and together with many other seemingly-harmless things I have heard, demonstrates a modern-form of racism which needs to be understood and challenged. My son Dante is our eldest child, and is a brunette with light brown eyes. My daughter Allegra has dark blue eyes and very blonde hair on top, with darker blonde to light brown underneath.

So I understand that it would draw some attention, and yes, she does receive a lot of comments about her hair and her looks in general. But the of comments she gets and these more unusual ones below point to something deeper going on:. And other friends have to put up with many comments about their fair-featured children too. One friend of mine has two very light-haired kids, and people constantly comment about how beautiful they are.

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Yes, in Australia, all the time. Or how kind they are? Hair colour may be noticeable but it says nothing about the soul of a person. Allegra admiring a temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is difficult as a parent to see that one of your children clearly receives more positive attention for how they look than your other. It is also grossly unfair: no-one gets any say about what colour their head turns out to be.

Yet she is treated as special while her dark-featured counterparts are not commented upon. Also, some aboriginal Australians are born with blonde hair, due to a gene mutation that is also seen in some people from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. It is not the same gene responsible for blonde hair in Europeans, but both reasons for blonde-haired children often do not last into adulthood. Red-haired children also receive a lot of attention in Australia, and pretty much everywhere I think because they are so unusual.

Redhe are also often preferred for TV advertisements because they are remembered best by viewers. Rarity does not equal favourability, only attention it seems, and I question that too actually. Green, hazel, amber and grey eyes are less common than blue. Hazel and green eyes are less common than blue, which is the second most common eye colour. Can you? Jealousy indeed. There must be another explanation for the biases I and many others have observed. Light skin and blonde hair were easiest to read for s of illness, speculates Professor of Psychology Brian Bates.

Many scientists support this theory of our evolutionary history, and Brian thinks the dumb yet sexy blonde stereotype still exists today because it is embedded in our subconscious. Youth being associated with fair features meant health but also a lack of accumulated knowledge and experience. Naivety is a feature of youth that has become synonymous with blonde hair, despite many studies proving there is no difference in intelligence or capability between any hair colour or skin or eye colour.

These must be due to cultural influences which have pressured people for thousands of years, and now marketing influences in which only certain types of people are portrayed as beautiful. Colonisation has undoubtedly influenced beauty standards across the world. In ancient China and Japan, snow white skin was a of nobility and the ideal for beauty, and these ideas persist today. The quest for pale skin has become an obsession throughout much of Asia, with skin-lightening products now a multi-billion dollar industry.

Asian celebrities are usually very pale and some have become whiter as they have become more famous. They have a huge influence in China, Korea and Japan especially, but we also noticed their prominence along with a multitude of skin-lightening products in Thailand and Malaysia in Rae Chen introduced me to the term Colorism: the tendency for society to as people to particular based on the colour tone of their skin. She outlines the privileges she gets being a light-skinned Chinese womanand she makes the distinction between colorism as Blonde and blueeyed pertains to looking like you belong to a particular socio-economic group which she receives in Asiaand colorism as it pertains to looking like you belong to a certain racial group which she receives in Canada.

Many Asian people are categorised by the lightness of their skin. These biases may be rooted in our ancient history, but they are definitely being reinforced by modern cultures all around the world. Studies of modern humans certainly demonstrate clear biases, yet participants often believe they are very neutral and unbiased. What they point to are implicit or unconscious biases, that most of us have without knowing why or how they got there.

Consider the Starbucks incident in Philadelphia and the tendency for more unarmed African-American suspects to be shot than white suspects. Or the tendency to see blonde women as dumb yet more attractive. Biases due to hair colour are quite apparent in many studies: blonde caucasian waitresses earn ificantly more in tips and are reportedly paid more in other workplaces too. Also blonde women are approached more in social situationsyet blond males do not get any special treatment. Poor red-he receive ificantly less attention for both males and females. It gets interesting when the researchers look at why this is occurring.

Red-he are viewed as the least attractive and most temperamental. These views are supported by workplace research too. This study indicates that men view blonde female leaders as less independent and competenteven though blonde women are over-represented in US corporate leadership roles. Blonde women are seen as likeable leaders but not as competent as brunettes. And have you noticed that in most of the talk about hair colours, a huge portion of the population is missing?

But why are black-haired people also ignored? They are the largest group of hair colour in the world! Black, grey and white hair colours belong to a huge group of people, and if those people do not have a category name and are systematically ignored — by popular Western culture at least — a message is being sent, and that message is not kind. It is symptomatic of a larger issue in which the elderly and people of colour are still not valued or treated equally in our society. Millions of people with black hair all around the world are systematically ignored.

Black has often been the colour of bad, while white is pure and good. The tendency of people to associate blonde features with youth feeds into this: sweet blonde children and fair golden maidens are juxtaposed with brunette bullies and dark, mysterious villains. Feminine and masculine identities are also ased to fair and dark features, respectively, though there are exceptions. Being blond is not advantageous to adult males in many cases, yet it is for females. This irresponsible surfer-dude stereotype is a youthful characteristic, and as you might expect far less blond men than Blonde and blueeyed are found in corporate leadership roles.

Blond men are more likely to be viewed as irresponsible and unreliable. So being blonde is a positive for women, but being dark is a positive for men. Dark features are associated with competency, life experience, independence and reliability, which are traditional characteristics for an ideal husband. They are also seen as better in leadership roles requiring more masculine characteristics, hence the perception that brunette women are more competent bosses. Blondes are associated with being beautiful, youthful and playful fun and bubblybut docile and naive.

These are traditional characteristics for a trophy wife and ideal children, yet we see a disproportionate amount of blonde women in leadership roles. How can that be? Because they can get away with more assertive and aggressive behaviour when their persona is more feminine and childlike. But the feminine warmth associated with blonde hair disappears in some cases, with the ice-queen persona taking over instead.

Lack of colour in light blue eyes, pale skin and white or very Blonde and blueeyed hair, is often associated with coldness. The unpredictable and untrustworthy connotations given to blond men may be a part of this stereotype too. Fewer men remain blond into adulthood and they are not perceived so likably as blonde women, plus a myth persists that most real serial killers are white. I even have an image in my mind of male villains being pasty-skinned blonde men with very light blue eyes.

It has been perpetuated in the media and popular culture, like Silas in the Da Vinci Code, the Blonde and blueeyed in The Bodyguard, and recently Perry in Big Little Lies was a blue-eyed, fair-haired bad guy. Also Game of Thrones has some notable examples of fair features being positive for women and negative for men: Daenerys Targaryen is a Blonde and blueeyed, heroic queen, but her brother Viserys was a cold-hearted monster; and young king Joffrey Baratheon is a blond psychopath, while his younger siblings are sweet and innocent that youthful blonde purity again.

Their mother Cercei may also be blonde and ruthless but she has some redeeming features that the audience can relate to; Joffrey, however, was so monstrous that viewers cheered when he was murdered.

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These entwined colour and gender stereotypes are continually reinforced in the workplace, in our social lives and in the media. When the colour black is ignored, is associated with impurity or has other negative connotations, or when blonde hair is constantly commented upon and treated as special, they receive the messages.

The stereotypical personalities associated with hair colours fit with how children are viewed and treated, in Australia at least:. The comments I and my friends have noticed about our children fit these stereotypes perfectly. Red-haired kids are noticed but not gushed upon like blondes, and brunettes are rarely commented upon. I am sure black-haired people are not misunderstood or invisible in many circumstances, but when they are the minority within a group of people from European descent, they will often gain negative attention or be ignored.

Children with black hair are visible and need to be valued too. I looked it up after watching the Netflix Blonde and blueeyed Nappily Ever After, as it is an unfamiliar term here nappy is what diapers are called in Blonde and blueeyed. Hlonipha Mokoena discusses the myths about black hair including why it has been considered to be dirty and unmanageable. It has been misunderstood over the centuries, and of course not considered beautiful when it is compared to sleek and light coloured hair.

In my home town Mildura ina young student was expelled from his Catholic high school for refusing to take out his braids. Black hair is often misunderstood in Western countries. This is not unusual in Australia: many other kids have had to change or be booted out too. Both of my kids are gorgeous. It was a bit surreal but they have that effect on some people. I ask for their approval before ing any photo of them online, and I reserve the most special photos for our memories only.

Getting a photo of them together that they both like is really hard! Wrong actually. The unfairness in the industry as a whole is enormous. Also, my children being models would perpetuate the myth that their kind of beauty is the type that matters. Even within my own very multicultural town, people originating from European countries are more readily accepted than people from African, Asian or Middle Eastern ones, or even our own indigenous people. People from non-European backgrounds find acceptance harder here.

Other reasons for not capitalising on their looks come to mind too. Then what would they learn: that being fairer is more attractive? That her look is the right one and she should make money from it?

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Would she be bleaching her hair at seven, or worse, develop an eating disorder? No thank you. I am doing my best to transfer to my kids great body image and self-esteem, by accepting myself and trying to show them that being healthy and happy is what really matters. They have friends with backgrounds from many different places, and one of my hopes for our travels with them is that they make friends all over the world; seeing for themselves that people can look and live differently, but no-one is better than anyone else.

My kids playing with a new friend in a cafe on Tioman Island, Malaysia. But being model is not going to happen, no matter how much money they could earn. It is woven into many cultures that being fair is better, but we can challenge that in our daily interactions with others. Please be aware of comments that elevate the status of fair-featured children, by showing positive biases towards them or negative biases towards others.

ALL kids amazing and none get any say in how they look. They all benefit from us recognising and talking about their inner qualities rather than their looks anyway. And every other child in the world is too. Me with my cheeky, funny, amazing and clever daughter. At the end of the day, Allegra is a young female person who happens to have fair features right now, and the only thing that really means is her hair is honey-coloured and her eyes are bluey-grey.

Anything Blonde and blueeyed attached to those colours is a fabrication; it has no meaning at all unless we say it does. Have you experienced positive or negative biases? And please share this post if you found it helpful. August 11, May 31,

Blonde and blueeyed

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Fair features aren’t better than others. So why are blonde-haired, blue-eyed kids treated as special?