Dumb Blonde You Say? I Call Bullshit!

In the last several months I’ve had the following sentiment relayed to me at the bottom of a tall glass of vino… Says the author, “You know Jackee, you’re a lot smarter than what I thought. Your blonde hair and colored eyes had me expecting something different…” Every now and again a version of that comes out of someone’s mouth. My first reaction is always the same: “Um, thanks?” And then, because I’m not actually stupid I spend time mulling it over, breaking it down and questioning the history of blonde bigotry. Turns out that (like most things) it probably harkens back to the ancient Greeks and Romans.  In Greece, blonde hair was associated with prostitution and Roman empresses would hide their black hair with a blonde wig when visiting a brothel. Wait a minute? Why were empresses visiting brothels?!   Or maybe it was our sweet Marilyn Monroe in the movie, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” that more recently captured society’s obsession with judging a woman’s intelligence by the color of her hair. No matter the case I can’t help but state what I think is glaring obvious:  judging a woman’s intelligence by how much light reflects off of their head is, in itself rather DUMB!

Women get blonde hair one of two ways: a) genetically or b) by using chemical lighteners. I was born with blonde hair (a genetic mutation from 11,000 years ago), and I chemically treat it to be lighter sometimes. And I’m not sure what’s dumber: using toxic chemicals on my skin or submitting myself to the torture because I’m vain and insecure. Either way it doesn’t actually mean that my IQ is lower than someone with darker hair. Judging someone for being a natural blonde is like judging someone for having a medium sized neck. It’s genetics. It’s variable. Move on.

OK, here’s where I lighten up a bit (wink wink). Right, so we all judge people. How can you live in a civilized world and not do so? I get it. But like my man Thoreau says:

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

Some of the smartest women I know are blonde – natural and enhanced. Likewise… I’ve known some pretty (ahem) intellectually challenged brunettes. And red heads? Well, they’re just awesome.

Having said all of this, I know that the “dumb blonde” stigma won’t change anytime soon and I am at peace with that. I suppose it’s not so bad being an “underdog” of sorts. It just means that I get to constantly surprise folks. And who doesn’t like a good surprise these days?

p.s. Who knew, Sharon Stone has an IQ of 145?

In closing, a slew of wildly attractive and tempestuously intelligent blondies. Help me add to the list:  

3 Responses to “Dumb Blonde You Say? I Call Bullshit!”
  1. Lesli says:

    Love it!!! You. Are. The. Shit.



  2. Laura says:

    Preach it, girl. Being blonde is two-fold. It’s hard to get taken seriously at work, but it’s much easier to get out of a speeding ticket. You win some, you lose some, I suppose. I guess the best thing we can do until society grows the f up is leverage the dumb blonde image to sneak up on the haters.

  3. That is a really good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Short but very accurate information… Appreciate your
    sharing this one. A must read article!

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