I, like two percent of the world's population, am a redhead. I also have freckles. But despite 140million people on the planet having one or the other - or both - to some people it's still completely acceptable to see this as something inadequate. A weakness. Ugly, even. Or, according to the latest ads, an "imperfection".
A 'shag a ginger' club night in Ireland has been cancelled after angry parents accused it of being racist. The controversial
Monthly parties are being organised in eastern France to bring together an array of flame-headed people. The meet-ups, being
The colour red connotes danger, passion and power, so this could be where the bad-tempered stereotype comes from. Some redheads choose to own this passionate reputation, while the rest of us couldn't care less about it.
Ginger prejudice and the bullying of redheads (actually, just bullying in general) are still problems in the UK because society continues to treat red hair as a bit of a joke. Somehow, it's socially acceptable to make fun of gingers, both at school and in the media, and it's got to stop.
Whether they choose to embrace it or not, redheads will be called 'ginger' at some point in their lives (or lots of points in their lives, more likely). Copper, auburn, chestnut-red, golden, strawberry blonde; it doesn't matter. They all come under the same umbrella. You are a ginger. But you are also a redhead.
Having pale skin may mean that redheads burn more easily when exposed to UV rays, but their paleness can serve as an advantage. Redheads can't absorb sufficient Vitamin D due to low concentrations of eumelanin in their body.
An artist is celebrating redheads in a project entitled “I Collect Gingers”. Anthea Pokroy photographed 500 men, women and
The past 13 years of my life have been spent vehemently denying my membership to the ginger tribe. The first nine were spent in blissful ignorance, unaware of the future taunts, jibes and insults my hair colour would bestow on me.