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Why Do Redheads Get A Bad Deal?


Nell is a trained Psychologist and lives in London England. She has been writing since she was a child.

Queen Boudica of the Iceni Tribe Englands Greatest Warrior Queen

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Redhead Abuse

In Breda Holland, the annual festival of Redheads has taken place. Over 1, 400 people have attended from 52 countries. There were art exhibitions and fashion shows. All with the theme Red. But what is it about Redheads that make people become a gingerist?

Surely its verbal abuse to pick on someone who just happens to have red hair. No other hair colour has come close to this barrage of abuse. So why do people hate Redheads? Or maybe hate is too strong a word. Dislike Redheads sounds better.

It tends to show that we are just having a joke when we call someone carrot top, copper top, Ronald McDonald, the ginger minger, and so on. It never leads to real violence does it?

In fact it does. And quite frequently. Back in 2003 a young lad was stabbed in the back because he was ginger haired. Surely this type of abuse is far beyond the norm for just being a redhead?

Redhead Festival In Breda Holland 2012

Gingerism Versus Racism

There has been a lot said about whether gingerism is as bad as racism. It's a fact that if you mock someone's gender, race or religion then you will feel the long arm of the law, or at least a suspension from your job. But what about gingerism or just plain old bullying of Redheads?

Charlotte Rushton, photographer, has been collecting the UK's Redheads in a book which she has named Ginger Snaps. She stated:

I was on the Tube in London, and I was completely humiliated by this drunken yob who turned to me and said 'Do the cuffs and the collar match?' He came right up to my face'.

She believed that this form of attack would stop when the Redheaded person leaves school. But in Britain and other parts of Europe this isn't the case. For some reason it carries on into adulthood.

As I mentioned, there is a belief that this particular form of bullying is mainly British based. But I don't believe that's so. The reason being that it must happen elsewhere purely because they feel the need to have an annual meeting.

One theory is that the reason why some British people pick on Redheads is because they remind us of the ancient wars between us and the Irish or Scottish. I Personally think this isn't true. Although I do believe that in Medieval times Red Hair was a sign of moral degeneration. You would think that we would have evolved since then. It seems not.

I also believe this kind of stereotyping has come down from the TV and Films over the last 50 years or so. My father was a bright Redhead, in fact my mother claimed that is what drew her to him in the first place..Back then in the 40s he never got picked on or attacked because of his hair colour.

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Redhead Abuse In Adult Life.

The worse offences are aimed at adult male Redheads. This can turn into a physical confrontation ending in hospital admittance. Women are constantly abused by taunts and this can lead to women changing their hair colour out of shame or fear. Many women change the name of their hair colour to Titian or Honey Blond. Anything in fact to take away the status of being Red headed.

Surely being attacked purely on the basis of being a Redhead is as bad as institutionised racism, and this must be looked at in the future. The media have to change their ways too, as a lot of the so called bantering comes from Daily Newspapers.

According to Welsh myths and legends, Redheads are the work of the devil and are often called Os Bydd Goch Fe Fydd Gythreulig. Red Vicious or Spawn of the devil. This seems to have seeped into out consciousness and hence the bullying in modern times.

Cute Redheaded Baby



Redheads Turned Away At Sperm Bank.

One of the Worlds largest sperm banks, Cryos Internation in Denmark are turning away redheads because they state:

We are turning away Redheads because of a lack of demand for this particular hair colour.

Germany and Ireland are the two main countries that do demand the Redheaded gene. But it seems that many Countries are opting out of this demand. There are over 600 sperm donors that have been put on hold because of the lack of interest in Redheaded children.

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Redheads Unite

I personally find the whole thing bemusing, insulting and downright stupid. Redheads are our genetic past. Two thousand years ago the Celtic Tribes of England Scotland Wales and Ireland all had fair hair and skin before the invasion of the French, Anglo Saxon and Viking.

Red hair is our heritage. Instead of being ashamed to be a Redhead, we should be proud to be pure blooded British. It's a fact that the most powerful rulers of this Island throughout history have been Redheads. Boudica our most famous Celtic Queen, Queen Elizabeth the First, And Henry the Eighth. Along with many Scottish, Irish, and Welsh Kings and leaders too. They protected our Islands and made them great.

And as for me, well, my gran had the most amazing red hair too. It was long shiny and reached down to touch the floor. I have seen photos and she looks like a Celtic Queen. And my dad on the other side of the my family? Yes he was the best Redheaded dad in the world.

So I say Redheads Unite. And Be proud to be Red!

© 2012 Nell Rose


Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2018:

lol! good for the red haired girl though! thanks for coming back.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on September 27, 2018:

Hey Nell,

I think I should point out that the red-haired girl was something of an anomaly. She was the only white girl in a class full of blacks and Puerto Ricans. And no one would've thought of bullying her because, as I mentioned, she was a sweet kid. Also, her mother was a teacher at that school. Her vengeance would have been swift and terrible. lol

Seriously, though, the woman was a bitch.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2018:

Its typical of the school bullying lot. Stupid, ignorant and not knowing their own history, lol! Thanks Zulma.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on September 26, 2018:

I wasn't aware redheads were looked down upon until I moved to the UK.

The first time I ever saw a redhead was in my primary school. I thought her hair was awesome. Dark, coppery red as I recall and the girl herself was a sweetheart. Red hair is cool. I don't get why the hate.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 28, 2015:

Hi Amy, its stupid isn't it? Red haired people have conquered the world throughout history, why it suffers so much derogatory nastiness is beyond me. Thanks for reading, nell

Amy on September 28, 2015:

After reading the comments here, it confirms my observations. Red haired men, while they may get picked on more, have far more luck attracting women who not only like their red hair but also love them for the person that they are. Whereas men, no matter what part of the world they're from or what color their skin is, absolutely despises red haired women and the extremely rare few that will acknowledge us only see us as a fetish and could care less about who we are as a person. Is it any wonder why so many women with natural red hair dyes it brown or blonde?

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 23, 2014:

Thanks starbright, have a great day!

Lucy Jones from Scandinavia on June 23, 2014:

Here was me thinking that it was blondes that got a raw deal. Red is so beautiful. Gotta go - but great hub as usual Nell. Voted and shared!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 21, 2014:

Hi brakel, that's so true, why they pick on red hair is beyond me though! its stupid isn't it? especially as I mentioned that most of our best leaders were reds! maybe it is the color we go when we are hot, or embarrassed, a pink red face really doesn't match with the hair does it? lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 21, 2014:

Hi Nell - I know all about red hair. Now my hair is more auburn and some gray and people seem to like it. When I was young and redder, people did make fun of my hair and asked when I was quite young, if I dyed it. Of course, fair skin went with red hair, so that was ripe for more comments. I am glad your did a hub about it, and I enjoyed all the other info about red hair. It brought back memories, and makes me laugh. Children can be cruel about stuff they don't understand.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 21, 2014:

Thanks rebecca, yes its one of those names the poor kids get over here, ginger, or ginger with a ger sound. Not nice! thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 21, 2014:

Thats so true johno, it really all depends on the person, I have red haired friend who has a temper for England! lol! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 21, 2014:

Hi Barbara, I do think its a myth about the temper, its just that over here people do take the micky out of redheads, goodness knows why!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 21, 2014:

Hi mary, my dad had red hair and he was a real softy! lol! mind you he could handle himself, he was in the army, but the red hair didn't give him a temper, on the other hand my gran did have a temper, but only when directed towards the wrestling on tv! LOL!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 21, 2014:

Thanks Bobbi, yes my dad had bright red hair and so did my gran on my mums side, mine went a wishy washy brown so I dyed it! lol!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 21, 2014:

What a unique and interesting subject to write on! I have never heard of the term gingerism. Thanks for sharing this.

John R Wilsdon from Superior, Arizona on June 20, 2014:

I married a redhead and one of my daughters is a redhead. All this stuff about "fiery personality" and stuff is bull. Think of how many fiery blondes there have been, etc. You cannot judge personality by the color of one's hair anymore than you can determine IQ by the number of bushy eyebrows a person has.

Barbara Badder from USA on June 20, 2014:

My niece is a redhead. Now that she is getting older, it is turning brown. She wants to dye it back to its original color, so I guess it isn't that bad being a redhead.

My hair is dark with a lot of red in it. I'm still a brunette though. I've always looked at redheads as having bad tempers too. That isn't fair, because my niece is overly emotional. She isn't bad tempered though.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 20, 2014:

I have a beautiful granddaughter who has bright red curly hair, and lots of freckles!! She was always teased as a young child and hated her hair. She is now 23 yrs. old, and her hair no longer bothers her. She keeps it cut very short so no more curls. She has learned to live with her beautiful red hair.

She is the only member of our family with red hair!

I just always think red heads probably have a bad temper!

Great Hub; voted up, etc. and shared.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on June 20, 2014:

Hi Nell Rose,

I think red hair is beautiful---my Great-Grandfather had red hair and light blue eyes.

My first boyfriend had red hair---maybe loving red hair is in my blood. I took after my father who had blond hair.

I hope all is well with you Nell Rose---have a great weekend.

Bobbi Purvis

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 20, 2014:

Hi Lois, I love red hair, but there does seem to be a stigma attached to it, not so much the deep red of auburn, but the carroty red, which is a shame,. I had red hair when I was little, but it turned a horrible mousy brown so now I am blond with red streaks, thanks so much for reading, nell

Lois Ryan from Upstate NY originally from Long Island on June 20, 2014:

I never knew there was an issue with redheads. I thought on a majority of people red looked good. My hair is brown and for probably almost 20 years I have dyed my hair different shades of red. I currently have an auburn color and only have received compliments on it

John R Wilsdon from Superior, Arizona on November 12, 2012:

My first wife was redheaded. I don't think the usual criticisms have anything to do with them. A lot of this just evolves somehow.

I once thought that perhaps making acquaintance with the Vikings may have started it all? In the United States, redheads (male and female) seem more associated with hot temperament, but I haven't seen this either. And, I haven't seen the bullying. In fact, when in school it seemed the redheads were very popular?

One of my daughters has beautiful auburn hair, and when the sun hits it just right, it looks strawberry. My other daughter has beautiful sandy colored hair without a trace of red - more like what mine "used to" look like! Recently I was watching a BBC news show and found out that (as you have mentioned) redheaded people need not apply at sperm banks. But, the reason for this was that there was a desire to keep the gene bank balanced because so many folks with the red gene had donated. It reminded me of some kind of Nazi statement, yet it was made with the intention of being somehow "fair". Anyway, all of this stereotyping and genetic stuff seems to be getting a bit out of hand. I think the world would be a far better place with too many people like my daughters! (Oh, I do so hope I haven't offended anyone!) :) Great Hub!

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 11, 2012:

Thanks for reading Shaddie, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 11, 2012:

Hi Jan, sorry its takiing me so long to answer, I am still not very well. I am not sure about the red hair in the North East, we come from down south and there are loads of reds down here, of course Bodicca came from the southeast and she was an original celtic briton, so it does seem as though its the original english and maybe near europe that breeds the red heads! lol! sorry to hear about your job, and good luck with whatever you do, fingers crossed you will get another job back in london, thanks nell

Shaddie from Washington state on November 09, 2012:

What a lovely blanket of pressure to put on a girl just because of her hair color. If she isn't a freak in under the sheets, does that make her useless as a redhead?

Janhorner on November 09, 2012:

Hi Nell, I forgot to mention that an English teacher said my ancestors were probably Vikings. I originally come from Newcastle, my dad was born in Sunderland. My teacher went on to tell me that there were more people with red hair in the North East than in the South (where I was living at the time in Bedfordshire).

I have been living in the south for 51 years now but oddly went back to Sunderland last December with my job; my Company (G4S) won the cleaning contract for the hospital there and I went with a colleague to help out because it is an horrendous time putting a new contract in place. However, just a few days back I got told my job was being made redundant; things can change so much in a year!

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 09, 2012:

Lol! thanks lovedoctor, nell

lovedoctor926 on November 09, 2012:

you must have been a cute little girl.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 09, 2012:

Hi Vinaya, really? Maybe the red heads were taboo because of a tribe that dyed their hair red and were warriors or something, fascinating to know, do you know if that's true? thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 09, 2012:

Hi Jan, I am answering these from the bottom up! lol! so sorry if it doesn't make sense, its easier to work the comment box! your hair must look fabulous still, how lucky! and yes giving that boy a real left hook was well, typical red head! lol! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 09, 2012:

Serious question Wesman, that deserves a serious answer! he hum! (cough) I believe that yes, um, the saying is quite quite true, me being an ex red head........! haha!

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 09, 2012:

Hi Qudsia, yes it really does stand out doesn't it? it seems that the most popular and great leaders in history had read hair, elizabeth the first, henry 8 and so on, must be the fiery nature! haha!

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 09, 2012:

Hi Jan, yes I have heard the saying! lol! typical male I mumbles under her breath! haha! thanks Jan for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 09, 2012:

Hi Daisy, that's great! they say that red haired people are the intelligent ones, so I stick to that! haha! me being biased of course! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 09, 2012:

Hi Paula, we love red! lol! that's great, I hope she likes it! and how lovely they have a red haired dog too! haha!

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 09, 2012:

Hi Paula, lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 09, 2012:

Hi lovedoctor, lol! yep so true! red is great! my dad was a red, so was my gran and me too when I was little! thanks!

lovedoctor926 on November 09, 2012:

I wasn't aware of this either. It just goes to show you that those who pick on redheads or people per se have no life! LOL. great hub! nothing wrong with redheads and not every blonde is a bimbo!

Suzie from Carson City on November 09, 2012:

Wesman...Does that brain of yours ever change gears???!! LOL

Suzie from Carson City on November 09, 2012:

Now, HEAR ALL: My eldest son is married to the most gorgeous natural Red head you'll ever lay your eyes on! In fact, she looks exactly like Angie Everhart..(Lovely model/actress &former wife of Steven Segal)

Very intelligent and sensitive.....but she has to be very cautious in the amount of sun exposure she gets....Her Dad, brother and one sister are Gingers also. Her Dad even has a RED-haired Dog (Irish Setter!)

This is a fascinating article about Gingers and I intend to email her the link. She will love it!!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on November 09, 2012:


As a redhead of Russian descent, I had to read your Hub another time. I've attended many festivities involving redheaded people, but they were just family gatherings...many of my relatives have varying shades of red hair.

Janhorner on November 09, 2012:

To Wesman Todd Shaw, I think redheads are sort of stereotyped just like gays or lesbians. They are placed in a group of colors, like the 'dizzy blonde.' Strange world we live in!

Never heard of 'red on the head' or 'fire in the bed' peculiar to say the least! Still you learn something new every day.

Hope this helps to answer your question.

QudsiaP1 on November 09, 2012:

Awesome hub Nell.

I love gingers; it is a beautiful, unique and rare colour.

I have never understood the bias against something unique.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on November 09, 2012:

All I ever hear around here is "red on the head and fire in the bed."

I just wanna find out if the stereotype is true...you know, I'm a truth seeker and such :)

Janhorner on November 09, 2012:

Wow! I thought I would never get to the bottom of the page with all these comment. This hub is brilliant! I am a natural redhead and I originate from the North East of England. My parents both had black hair. However, one of my dad's brother's had auburn hair (which is not actually red; more a browny red). My youngest sister has my colour yet the eldest sister took after my parents.

I was teased no end at school about my hair but I never thought anything of it. In fact I blacked a boy's eye for pulling my ponytail and calling me ginger! I give him a real left hook! Left me alone after that!

I love my hair now; hated it when I was younger. I am 61 and do not have to dye my hair nor does my sister who is 57, yet my eldest sister when grey in her late 20's. I get lots of nice comments about my hair.

I believe that people who bully redheads (especially young males) are sad creatures with no intelligence, so they want to make someone feel as miserable as they are.


Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on November 09, 2012:

I did not know a festival like this exist. Red heads were tabooed in ancient times, but today many people color their hair red. In Nepal people, mostly women, use henna to give their hair red color.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 13, 2012:

Hi unknown spy, yes red hair is stunning, I may just do my hair! thanks so much, nell

Life Under Construction from Neverland on September 13, 2012:

wow excellent article.. in my place, people with black or brown hairs always choose red for their hair color :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 11, 2012:

Hi Hilary, thanks so much, I dyed my hair back red a few years ago, but sadly it didn't suit me then, maybe it was a dodgy dye! lol!

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on September 11, 2012:

What a clever subject! I think every woman should be a redhead by choice at least once in their lives. It's like an adventure. Of course a lot of bad dye jobs go that route, but that doesn't count :) Cheers.

Beth Perry from Tennesee on September 10, 2012:

I'm working daily and the story is coming along, thanks :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 10, 2012:

Hi beth, hows the book going? yes I totally agree, not only is it stupid it just doesn't make sense, bigotry is the exact word, thanks so much as always, nell

Beth Perry from Tennesee on September 10, 2012:

Nell, great article. Whether it is called racism, gingerism or just a cultural habit, claiming redhaired folks are evil or immoral is the same as perpetuating the fallacies that blondes are dumb, Gypsies are filthy, Slavic women are all obese, ect. I don't mind a little generalized jesting (even the Wayan brothers joke about African American culture and poke fun at certain African American celebrities) but when it turns into a heated vilification of an entire group of people then it is bigotry.

Voting up.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 09, 2012:

Hi alocsin, yes we even have so called fun of them on our tv over here! trouble is when it starts getting nasty, thanks so much for reading and the votes, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 09, 2012:

Hi Ruchira, thanks for reading, yes dumb blonds, and angry redheads! lol! what a bout brunettes? I don't think theres one for that, or is it just that they are intelligent? I think that's what they say, nell

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on September 08, 2012:

What a bizarre prejudice. But it's no different than racism. Here in the U.S., sometimes gingers are made fun of, but generally in a good-natured way. At least, I hope it's good-natured. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Ruchira from United States on September 08, 2012:

I remember reading about the redheads and the history they created, while in school. It was good to get a revision on this issue. I agree just as blondes are usually addressed as dumb unfortunately the redheads are known to be aggressive.

Voted up as useful and interesting hub.

Red heads unite and face the world 'cause you are bold and beautiful :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 07, 2012:

Hi christopher, lol! okay will do! haha! thanks so much as always, I will be in Portsmouth tomorrow, not that close to where you are though? you are kent aren't you? if you happen to be about come down to southsea for a cuppa! lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 07, 2012:

Hi ishwaryaa, thanks so much for reading, yes Prince Harry is a royal red! lol! thanks so much for the voted and share, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 07, 2012:

Hi Full, it is unbelievable isn't it? thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 07, 2012:

Hi lily, lol! I used to be a redhead when I was small, then it was natural brown hair then for the past thirty years I have been a blond! lol! but yes red is the best! lol! thanks as always, nell

FullOfLoveSites from United States on September 07, 2012:

Natural redheads are indeed a paucity in this world; i think they have charm in their own way. Other people are so superficial in their discrimination against them. I haven't heard of prejudice against redheads until I read this. And I still find this unbelievable! Thanks for sharing this information.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on September 07, 2012:

An extremely engaging hub! I admire and respect all good people, irrespective of race, gender, hair-color and all. I find NO difference in anybody. I have heard about this sensitive issue. I find red hair very amazing and beautiful! In my country, henna-dyed red for hair is commonly used in the northern states to highlight their looks and also some youngsters opt for red streaks in their hair for a spunky look. Yes, you rightly pointed out to Queen Elizabeth 1, King Henry Viii, Boudica, etc as famous rulers. I remember Prince Harry who is a natural red-haired person, yet a popular and mirror image (I mean compassionate and charitable) of his late mother, Princess Diana. A fetching hub with interesting videos! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on September 07, 2012:

I've always found redheads to be very attractive. Must be because I'm Irish. Thanks for giving some support to one of our sadly oppressed minorities.

If you know any young goodlooking , unloved redheaded males, send them round to me. They will be cherished here.

Lillian K. Staats from Wasilla, Alaska on September 06, 2012:

OMG Nell! We're both redheads! Oooh aahh aahh aahh! lily

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2012:

Hi tills, exactly, I don't know when this bullying started, but it needs to stop and now, up the reds I say! thanks so much, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2012:

Hi Alicia, I remember that! we saw it in the paper! pink shirt day, brilliant idea, maybe we should get a red haired day started! lol! thanks so much, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2012:

Hi Lord, Robin hood, if he existed could well have been red haired, but I think he's probably just a story, or conglomeration of various thieves at the time, but Boudica rocks! lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2012:

Thanks Terrye, yes Red and proud indeed! haha!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2012:

Hi ! Becky, Wow! can't beat that! lol! thanks so much, amazing!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2012:

Hi Mama Kim, thanks so much! I think red hair is stunning, especially when the person has green eyes to match, I am so jealous of them! lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2012:

Hi ImKarn, exactly! Harry looks just like his father! haha! oops! no the saying ginger just holds this status of being horrible, I have no idea why, I think its lovely, and yes blond men can look insipid! red is best!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2012:

Thanks for the clarification alan.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2012:

Hi Glimmer, yes I totally agree with you, isn't there enough discrimination in the world? go for it! lol! I had a tattoo done on my 40th so you get the red hair on your 50th! lol! thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2012:

Hi Ruby, Red hair certainly makes you stand out, your sister bea was really lucky to have such lovely hair, thanks again, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2012:

Hi drbj, lol! thanks so much, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2012:

Hi michael, lol! you may well be right there! its a wonder she wasn't three foot tall with hairy feet! I will tell her that when I see her next! haha! be over soon, and thanks again, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2012:

Hi alan, lol! big groan there!

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on September 06, 2012:

You've heard the old nugget, 'My wife's a red-head. No hair, just a red head' (Boom-boom)!

Micheal from United Kingdom on September 06, 2012:

There are plenty of redheads in JR Tolkiens fantastic books. Wonder if that had anything to do with the marriage proposal lol

drbj and sherry from south Florida on September 06, 2012:

I love people with red hair, Nell. Green hair? Not so much. And I also loved this entertaining and well-written hub. Voted up+.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 06, 2012:

Nell, I think red hair is gorgeous. My sis Bea had red hair, the only red head out of twelve children, my grandmother Minnie was also a red head. Loved your article..Cheers

Claudia Mitchell on September 06, 2012:

Truth be told I've always wanted to be a redhead and I always had a thing for redheaded men. Maybe on my 50th birthday I'll go to the hairdressers and go wild. That being said this hub was an eye opener in that I never knew about discrimination against redheads. Some things are just too silly and I find it rather sad that people and institutions discriminate for a reason like this, or any reason for that matter. Voted up!

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on September 06, 2012:

A short note for 'Lord' de Cross:

Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth stem from Tudor stock on the paternal side (Elizabeth's mother was Anne Boleyn), i.e., their father Henry, Earl of Richmond (Yorks) had Edmond Tudor, Earl of Richmond going back to Owen Tudor of Wales on one side and Margaret Beaufort on the maternal side. She in turn was a Lancastrian descended from John of Ghent ('Gaunt'), youngest son of Edward III. There is no link with the Habsburgs anywhere in the family trees of English royalty. The Habsburgs for a long time intermarried, developing the famed 'Habsburg Jaw'. English royalty tended to cross with Welsh, Scots, French and Scandinavian blood.

Karen Silverman on September 06, 2012:

I agree that red headed adult males are 'discriminated' against and that dark red hair is for some reason especially offensive. Being a woman I used to color my hair red - on purpose(lol) - and never did i feel it held me back in any way or that men didn't like it! It was my daughter who brought my attention to the 'ginger' issue - a term i had never encountered. She swore she'd never date a 'ginger' - WHY? - i have no idea! Personally - i'd take a redheaded man over a blonde man all day long!

I don't think his 'ginger' hair holds Prince Harry back in any way, do you?

lol..or - is that different?

Sasha Kim on September 05, 2012:

Red hair is in my family, I can thing of 5 off the top of my head... personally I was born with very dark auburn, but dye it red on occasion. I have the translucent skin to match. I've never personally witnessed any negativity against red hair, in fact it's quite the opposite... but as others have commented the US is a little different with it's views towards redheads. I will say I don't know any redheaded men (only one male child in my family) and I believe they aren't as celebrated here. Wonderful hub on a very interesting topic!!! voted up and shared!

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on September 05, 2012:

My husband, daughter, one of my sons and youngest grandson are redheads. The boys get picked on a little but more from their freckles and fiery temper than anything else. The girl has more brown in her hair but the red shows. My husband is from a German and Austrian family. It came from the same place as Elizabeth I and Henry VIII. They are all descended from Maximilian, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. My husband was from a third or fifth son that came to the Colonies years ago.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 05, 2012:

Loved it, voted up, shared all over. Red and proud! :)

Joseph De Cross from New York on September 05, 2012:

Wonderful history and a fun side of your family history. The bullying has to go for sure! Didn't know queen Elizabeth I was actually a red head; probably Robin Hood was from the same clan of proverbial read heads. Queen Boudica was an intrepid warrior back in 57 A.D. When London was Londinum. Great hub! Breda rocks!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 05, 2012:

You've described such a sad situation, Nell. It's very cruel for people to bully someone because of their hair color, and ridiculous as well. Different hair colors are fun and interesting to look at! I loved the video and the fact that the older boy dyed his hair red to support the younger boy. It reminded me of a related situation here in Canada. A few years ago a boy was bullied for wearing a pink t-shirt to school. Some other students - including boys - were so upset about this that they arranged a day for them all to come to school wearing pink t-shirts. Now many schools around the country (including mine) celebrate "pink shirt day" or "anti-bullying" day on the last Wednesday in February. Students of both genders - and teachers too - wear a pink t-shirt on that day to support anti-bullying campaigns.

Mary Craig from New York on September 05, 2012:

Look at Nell, my ignorance is showing. I've never even heard of Gingerism and though a blonde can remember as a child always wanting to be a red head! Go figure. My mother-in-law and my youngest grandson have red hair though the grandson's is getting darker already.

Great informational hub oh and that anti-bullying video was amazing, would that things like that actually happened in real life to put off the bullies!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 05, 2012:

Hi nanderson, yes blonds go through it too! but not in such a derogatory way, strange isn't it? thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 05, 2012:

Hi Martie, yes it probably is the power of the leaders in the past and the mistrust, as I mentioned back in the medieval times it was thought to be a sign of the devil! good god, you would have thought people would be different now! up the reds! lol! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 05, 2012:

Hi Deborah, that's it exactly! who needs to dye their hair when they have that amazing color? as I mentioned on another comment to Mohan I said I believe its jealousy and I think I am right, look at the alternatives! brown? Nah! blond? Um sometimes! lol! thanks, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 05, 2012:

Hi Mohan, yes the Celtic connections are so true, I see them as fiery, guts and good on 'em! those remarks are just so stupid, I actually believe its jealousy! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 05, 2012:

Hi Jeannie, yes they do shave their heads, they need telling off! lol! we need to start a campaign for red headed guys to come out of the woodwork! lol! good for you for doing your hair, thanks so much nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 05, 2012:

Hi Sherry, I am sure it does, its a beautiful color, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 05, 2012:

Hi michael, yep that's it! idiots always find something to pick on for, these days its easy to dye the hair, but why the heck should they? I know a boy who dyed his hair blond because he didn't like the red! hes a friend of the family, and yet his twin sisters are a real auburn red, and in fact one of them married JR Tolkiens grandson! now that can't be bad! lol! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 05, 2012:

Hi Jackie, lol! yes not tactful! it seems we reds or red families are the best! thanks!

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