I recently saw the following headline: Taylor Swift Would Date a Ginger Man. According to a study out of the UK, the answer is yes! She told Monsters & Critics the following: “I like people with red hair. I like Rupert Grint, the guy from the Because Felicity is a big fake. And if anyone discovered the truth, she’d be a social outcast faster than she could say “strawberry blond.” …But just how far is she willing to go to protect her red cred?Researchers conducted a series of tests in which their findings suggest that prejudice toward red haired people is so severe that it goes beyond sexual preference to a level of downright discrimination.
While a group of men were asked to do the same thing.
While you might expect women to be more open to redheaded men, given that women claim to be less motivated by the physical, the exact opposite was found: Guéguen reports previous research which found over 80% express a dislike for people with red hair, and also that the skin colour of most redheads was the most disliked of the eight skin colours proposed in a prior experiment.
Given that women are supposed to be less impressed with mere physical appearance, when evaluating how attracted they are to men, how would different hair colour fare on men when it came to women’s desire in a similar night club scenario?
27.5% of the women said yes to men wearing a blond wig, 30% for the men with a brown wig, 35% acceptances for the invitation to dance were received for men wearing black hair, but only 13.8 % for men who donned a red wig.
Perceptions of the blond as being more needy may have reduced men’s fear of rejection or fear of an hostile response, which increased their chances of approaching her as a blond.
Interestingly men rated the brunette in the pictures as most intelligent compared to all the hair colours, but also the most arrogant.
The red head picture was rated as the least shy, the most temperamental and the most sexually promiscuous of all hair colours.
So, apparently men feel that they can judge a lady by her cover, and harshly at that. population, were ‘over-selected’ to run some of the UKs (and Europe’s) leading, richest companies.
What’s really interesting is that while redhead women may be perceived as temperamental, the UK study found that there’s an unusually high number of redheads positioned at the heads of companies: Of the 500 CEOs analyzed, 5% were blonds and 4% had red hair, but given that within the UK population, approximately 25% boast blond and 1% red hair, the researchers found blonds, who are perceived traditionally as incompetent but likeable, were under-represented in positions of corporate leadership in the UK. redheads—a group which is clearly discriminated against on a regular basis. Should discrimination laws include hair colors and, if so, how would that affect an already minority group?