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Not offended or angry, but quizzical
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bohemiancoast
Why is this joke, which was extremely funny and completely unacceptable when told about Paddy the Irishman, suddenly acceptable when told about blondes?

Have we decided, as a culture, that it's acceptable to take the piss out of women who just happen to be blonde? Or do we really think that blondes are stupider? Can you imagine this joke being told about blond men? Note the classic strategem of apologising to the group maligned in the joke, too. ("Oh no, flick or hhfishlifter. I didn't mean you! Obviously you're not dumb. But everyone knows that 'blondes' in this joke means 'generic group of people mocked for their stupidity'.")

Both men and women shown pictures of blonde women judge them to be stupider than pictures of the same women with dark hair, red hair or grey hair. So I think it's a pretty safe bet that they're discriminated against at school and in the workplace too.

Blonde women tell tales of being systematically put down all through school because of their hair colour. And there are far more blonde jokes now than there used to be. Now, it's fine for adults to dye their hair whatever colour they like, but we don't normally encourage children to dye their hair. Is it reasonable to expect blonde girls to put up with people assuming they're stupid, and making jokes at the expense of their ethnic group?

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Blondes have more fun

I hate to be so un PC but this is a load of cobblers. Judging by the children I see streaming out of the high school oposite me, 9 out of 10 girls dye their hair blonde as soon as they're allowed near a packet of Clairol. There's certainly far far more blondes than there were in my year at (Scottish) school and I don't think you get much mutation within a twenty year period.. my nieces both dyed (highlighted, streaked etc) their hair from the age of 10 or 12 and this seems normal nowadays. I think there's far more positive endorsements to become blonde due to its connotation bubbly sexy etc than there are putdowns. No one seriously thinks blondes are stupid when they tell these jokes; they just need, as Mike has sussed, a target for generic jokes about "stupid people". On the other hand as somone who recently became blonde I am fairly certain more people really do turn their head to look at you when you walk into a room or party which I, and probably most schoolgirls like (tho some obviously might not).

In picking a generic group of stupid people, I myself am tempted to make jokes about "university secretaries" . That will no doubt make me REALLY popular.

And then of course there's the suppressed joke about Tonies... (bwa ha ha)

Re: Blondes have more fun

Me being me, the minute I was allowed near a box of Clairol, I dyed my blonde hair black. Fifteen years on and I'm still being hit with Goth jokes. So perhaps the immoral of the story is that human beings will find something to poke fun at regardless.

Re: Blondes have more fun

Judging by the children I see streaming out of the high school oposite me, 9 out of 10 girls dye their hair blonde as soon as they're allowed near a packet of Clairol.

Remember that the person making this point about children's hair has a blonde daughter who probably hasn't been given hair dye to play with just yet.

Re: Blondes have more fun

You'll have seen the one that starts with the head of department leaping tall buildings and talking to God, working down to the lowly postgrad tripping into walls and talking to himself, before finishing with the departmental secretary, who IS God?

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