Did you hear the one about that dumb blonde? Every so often, one of my Facebook friends shares a story whether made-up or anecdotal about a blonde woman who acts with complete ignorance or seems to be devoid of even the slightest bit of common sense.
My question is, why do we tell these stories about blondes? Is it a way to make ourselves feel better so that when we do something foolish we can think to ourselves that at least we have more common sense that a blonde?
Yes, I’ve found some blondes that aren’t the smartest of people…but I’ve come across others that are brilliant. Like any group, blondes are individuals, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Should I automatically assume that a person is somehow inferior or mentally deficient based upon the color of her hair? And, if that is acceptable, why would there be any problem for me to do likewise based upon the color of a person’s skin or their religious beliefs?
What if instead of blondes, we offer jokes about black people…or Jewish people…or handicapped people…or the Polish? After all, it wasn’t that long ago that society approved of such things. Why is it that some stereotypical jabs are deemed offensive and yet bashing of blondes is still okay?
Most of us will never know what it is like to be a blonde female. Although my hair has darkened over the years, I did grow up as a blond-haired child. I’d hate to imagine what my life would be like if blond males were made the subject of ridicule or considered stupid in the same way that some people treat blonde women.
Do we want to teach generations of girls and young women to believe that because they are blonde that they are somehow genetically inferior and will never possess the mental capacity to rise to greatness in our society? If I end up marrying a blonde-haired woman or raising a blonde-haired daughter, should I constantly belittle and berate either of them in front of friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers?
Fortunately, we don’t live in an age where racial, ethnic, or religious slurs are encouraged. Isn’t it time to retire dumb blonde jokes too?