Advertisers cash in on redhead appeal
Mostly Kids Model Agency and Academy owner Liz Philippou said consumers were led to believe redheads depict "certain individuality, fiery temper traits, sharp tongues, determination and mischievousness".
"When an advertising campaign features a redheaded child, it sends a message of that same determination," she said.
"(It) catches the eye and holds you, pondering the possibility of the redhead being an absolute little devil, and then considering the product they're associated with."
Thursday, 19 February 2009
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Making a mockery of the term “redhead”, the palette forms a glorious autumnal swatch, while the distribution of pigment is fascinating: sometimes, a single tone appears to have leached from hair into skin and gathered in small puddles as freckles.Walking among these portraits has the air of a scientific sampling, like a Victorian survey. And in some ways it is; Wicks’s fascination is as much with the journey of the ginger gene as with photography as art — and that element is just as striking as the show’s value as an exquisite portrait collection.
As genetic science progressed with the deciphering of the human genome (whatever that is), modern scientists now doubt that red hair is on the way out. But Oxford Hair Foundation declared a few years ago that redheads were headed for the way of the dinosaurs. Their conclusion lost some of its steam when it was finally revealed that the group was funded by Procter & Gamble — a major purveyor of hair dye.Source: The Post and Courier
Source: Times Online
When we returned to the UK, there wasn't much let-up, only instead of admiration, those who stared and shouted names at my son because of his hair were mostly other children. Copper knob, ginger nut, carrot top, Duracell, ginger ninja; the names were not particularly inventive and, with the exception of the latter, didn't seem to have changed since I was a child. “I was probably oversensitive to the names,” admits Patrick, 30.
I now think that I wasn't sensitive enough to my son or aware enough of the kind of routine bullying that is regularly meted out to gingers, and particularly to young gingers whose hair colour is at its most extreme. I may even have exacerbated the problem: I thought my son's hair was such a spectacular colour that I let it grow quite long to show it off.
Red hair gets the praise it deserves in a new exhibition devoted to gingerism. I am unsure as to what qualifies, having faded to something you might politely call strawberry blonde, or what my son described as "dirty light brown", down the years. But you never really forget early years' membership of the ginger club with the pleasure of standing out in a crowd. Or the pain of being too strikingly visible to teachers looking for someone to blame. Catherine Tate, Simon Heffer, Mick Hucknall and Tilda Swinton, you know what I mean. But can we yet envisage a ginger Prime Minister?Source: Evening Standard
Sunday, 15 February 2009
The fact is, if it hurts somebody's feelings and it's discriminating against them, making them feel bad about themselves, then it has to stop and not be seen as innocuous.Secondly, the Daily Mail have covered the event, with many photographic examples from the exhibition and quotes from the models, including the following:
I had to grow fast as my mother's reaction to being told her first born was a ginger was to weep uncontrollably.The quote reminds me of my own mother, who once told me "I didn't like ginger hair until you were born."
Friday, 13 February 2009
The question is found within a section of the form detailing the child's appearance and personality and is below a separate question asking for the hair colour of the child.
The National Adoption Society operated from London and closed in 1986.
Thursday, 12 February 2009
I got into big trouble with my brother for that anti-ginger blog. “You’re just like Hitler,” he said, or might as well have. “It’s not 1935, you know. Demonizing people for aspects of their appearance they can’t control: we’re not doing that any more.”Read more: The Dark Moustache of the Soul
“Steady on,” I protested. “It was just harmless good fun. Besides, the point was I’m a ginger when I grow a moustache. That’s what made it funny.”
“I suppose you think Auschwitz would have been fine, if only Hitler was Jewish,” my brother argued, more or less. “I suppose you think it would have been hilarious.”
The persecution of those with red, auburn or ginger hair is not a modern condition and has persisted throughout history and around the world. Just as often as redheads have been discriminated against they have also been upheld and praised. Socially, redheads have been stereotyped as being fiery, hot tempered and overtly sexual, and although it is clear that the way we act is not attributed to hair colour, history’s most famous ‘gingers’ have helped to promote these ideas.
As early as the ancient Egyptians there is evidence of Cleopatra dying her hair red, continuing to impress redheaded stereotypes upon all those aware of her volatile nature and political prowess. A more recent and recognisable redhead is our own home grown Queen Elizabeth I who popularised red hair throughout 16th Century Britain. Even modern media has been affected by the recent influx of redheaded style icons such as Lily Cole, Axl Rose and Nicola Roberts inspiring people across the world to reach for the dye bottle.
However, whilst many famous redheads have inspired us, the everyday redhead on the street still faces some ridiculous and shocking challenges. In 2003 a 20 year old was stabbed in the back for being ‘ginger’ and in 2007 a family of redheads in Newcastle were forced to move home after being targeted by neighbours for their hair colour. In a world preoccupied with political correctness and protecting the rights of people regardless of race, age or size, it is shocking to see a form of discrimination such as this overlooked by organisations like the Commission for Racial Equality, even though most people with red hair will experience anything from timid taunts to full blown violence throughout their lifetime.
The question is why are people with red hair targeted? The simple truth is that only 1 to 2% of the population is born with red hair, making them a minority. Throughout history society has victimised minorities. In other words, we, on a subconscious level, fear what is different and will victimise those who are different in any way to make ourselves feel better. As well as this, the victimisation and discrimination of redheads is still a crime largely beyond the reach of the law and until such time as it is recognised as unacceptable it will continue to be an issue.
Hate shouldn’t be a follicle matter and only we can stand up for the rights of those different to us, not just redheads but anyone who is born a little different to the norm - and isn’t everyone in their own way a little different? If we were all the same life would be horrifically boring so why not praise the differences between us? Red hair is rare and beautiful and anyone who targets those with it are most likely expressing a form of jealousy or, at the very least, showing that they have low self esteem that can only be improved by attempting to bring others down. So next time you go to use the ‘G’ word ask yourself, have I got ginger phobia?
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Wednesday, 11 February 2009
A great article, however the habit to declare "my prejudice is more harmful than your prejudice" is evident here. Syed accuses subconscious bias for his non-white father not progressing faster in his career. He goes on to claim, without research or supporting evidence that "no such bias, incidentally, exists towards Aussies or ginger-nuts."
Imagine if you could never be quite sure if the girl in accounts gave you the brush-off, not because she didn't fancy you, but because of subliminal prejudice. Imagine if there was a 300-year history in which racist words had been used to persecute your ancestors. Wouldn't you want society to take a stand against all that?It could be argued that gingerism fits within the above boundaries, and therefore, is comparable to today's levels of racism. As for the 300-year historical use of racist words? For gingerism, 300 years is just a recent history.
Source: Times Online
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Katy Perry's Blog Post
My parents approved the most redick family fotos and sent them into CBS without thinking about it or asking what I thought about it. You can imagine as I am sitting there watching the tv, hands over face… mortified. Thank you mom and dad… at the old age of 24 you continue to succeed in making my face red. I would have sent in more of my pageant photos of course… but… what fun would that be? I love to play a wonderful game of YOUR TEAM. And this a is great YOUR TEAM. (basically you put a bunch of iidjiiots on your friends team so they are just totally impaired in life :) I wanna your team all my fans with a photo of my HOT GINGE sister, Angela. Wow. look at that tender mess.
We’re sorry all the gingers are going extinct. We salute you for you braveness of being a ginge.p.s. she’s gonna kill me when she wakes up and finds the spreading of the ginge foto all over the www.
I won't spoil it by giving too much away but I can spare a few lines to have yet another good laugh at the Spuds. Harry the wicked twitch of the east has bought back all of the players that had them in the unchartered waters and dizzy heights of mid table at far more than they sold for with the exception of Keane (about as popular as a ginger stepson).Source: Sky Sports
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
THERE'S nothing like the threat of extinction for heightening our sense of appreciation. Isn't that why we welcomed Boyzone back with open arms and mounted a campaign to save Cadbury's Wispa from the grave?Read more at Herald
Why then, am I still waiting for the redhead love-in, the mass hysterical display of affection that was supposed to follow the news that redheaded people are a dying breed? In less than 100 years, thanks to recessive genes, redheads could be reduced to a mere historical footnote. Considering we currently account for less than 2pc of the world's population, it wouldn't be that difficult to snuff us out.
For the record, Chelsy chucked Prince Harry because she was fed up with coming second to his lifestyle, his Army career and his snooty chums. Oh, and he’s ginger.Source: The Scottish Sun
In retaliation, Ramsay refers to Mario Batali as Fanta Pants, an insult which Batali doesn't quite understand.
"Now he goes about town calling me Fanta Pants." What? Because you sometimes wear orange shorts? "I suppose."
Source: The Guardian
What can anyone make of a manager who rants about his club's own supporters and criticises those who paid good money during a recession to watch their team – away from home – then sells the club captain two days later to relegation rivals?" our tame but trenchant Trotter asks. "He must be a ginger nutcase. What an embarrassment.Source: The Guardian
Sunday, 1 February 2009
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