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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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Buffy very minor spoiler about hair styles!

Yes Spike is a dumb blond, he makes several choices in the last few series (like those eggs) which are not the sign of someone intelligent, and Drusilla was the brains in the pair ... it took Harmony to make him look not quite as dumb (but only just) ... he sits around his crypt watching TV, playing poker for kittens, has Clem as a friend, enjoys himself by drinking and desperately wants to be loved (when the writers, as usual, forget he's a demon and evil). He has some street smarts, but his hair is always well styled, he's got the outfits sorted out and he can achieve most of what he wants without particular application of intelligence ... it's only when he wants things that terrorising and biting can't provide (e.g. Buffy) that he starts to use his mind.

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In season seven, some characters change their hair styles! Both Spike and Anya go darker, though Anya goes a lot darker ... and Willow's hair is longer and flows gorgeously <grin!>

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