|Why Do People Stereotype Blondes ?
Blonde stereotype is a stereotype perception of blond-haired women. Blonde stereotype has two aspects
. Firstly, blonde hair in women has been considered attractive and desirable and secondly, the belief that a blonde woman makes little use of her intelligence and relied more on her looks. This stereotype is a combination of historical stereotype, bad press, and human nature.Starting with history, blonde hair is a recessive trait, and therefore somewhat rarer than brown or black hair. Traditionally, this has made it more attractive and desirable. Hence blonde haired woman are perceived to be more beautiful than dark haired women. This can be deemed as a positive stereotyping.
However, there is a negative stereotype as well. The dumb blonde is a popular-culture derogatory stereotype, intended to portray the blondes as very beautiful but dumb. Dumb blonde stereotyping entered the American culture in 1900s.The origin of this belief may be traced to Europe, with the "dumb blonde" in question being a French courtesan named Rosalie Duthe, satirised in a 1775 play Les curiosites de la Foire. Simply put, the Blondes are stereotyped as "beauties without brains".
This image of the blonde has been exploited in culture, literature, advertising and movies. These, in combination with other forms of media have given the ever-lasting perception of blonde-stereotypes. The blonde-haired women have been portrayed as dumb-blondes. For example, Gentlemen PreferBlondes, a novel, a Broadway musical and a film, exploited the idea of blonde's charm. Many blond actresses have played stereotypical "dumb blondes" in movies and sitcoms and this has further caused the people to stereotype blondes.
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