There are many stereotypes that are attached to groups of people. These stereotypes are usually false and sometimes, derogatory. One such stereotype is the blonde stereotype. Supposedly, throughout history blond hair on women is considered both attractive and desirable. In addition, blond women are often perceived as using very little of their intelligence. In other words, it is believed that blondes rely on their looks rather than their brains. This is probably the reason behind the dumb blonde stereotype. Moreover, blondes are sometimes both the subject and the target of jokes. In fact, there are many blond jokes such as, why do blondes wear hoop earrings?
Why do blondes wear hoop earrings? It is possible that they wear hoop earrings so that they can hula hoop between meals. However, this is a derogatory joke that will not sit well with many blondes. In fact, many blondes have tried to change our minds about blondes. However, before this stereotype is debunked, let’s discuss the origins of the dumb blonde.
It has been suggested that the concept of the ‘dumb blonde’ may come from the idea amongst the ancient Romans and Greeks that Northern Europeans were barbarians and therefore, they were less advanced than Southern Europeans . Another interesting idea is that the Scandinavian blonde is often connected with both romantic nationalism and the stereotype of the blonde farm girl or dairy maid. In addition, blond hair has been considered attractive and sexy for a long time. This perception has been exploited in culture and advertising. Moreover, the notion of the “dumb blond” has been a topic of academic research reported in scholarly articles and university symposia. They tend to confirm that many people hold true to the perception that light-haired women are less intelligent than dark-haired women. Did you know that the dumb blonde stereotype and the associated cognitive bias may have some negative consequences and it can also damage a blond person’s career prospects?