Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Why do gentlemen prefer blondes? Maybe because they're more approachable...

I've read a number of articles and surveys claiming that blondes are more approachable. (Usually referring to women.) One particular article called Blondes: a dying breed caught my eye. This is really cool...

"According to a study by the World Health Organisation (WHO), natural blonds are likely to be extinct within 200 years, because there are too few people carrying the blond gene. The WHO study claims that the last natural blond is likely to be born in Finland during 2202."

"I think men are definitely more drawn to blondes, simply because dark haired girls come across as serious and conservative, while blondes appear more fun and easy and sexy,” vouches Ozy Mamodeally, working in media sales.

An explanation on why golden locks, fair skin and blue eyes make the typical blonde such an attractive creature is attempted by Peter Frost, a Canadian anthropologist. According to Frost, it all goes back 11,000 years, where a genetic mutation resulted in blond hair. He says north European women evolved blonde hair and blue eyes at the end of the Ice Age to make them stand out from their rivals at a time of fierce competition for scarce males - since a lot of males died during the long and grueling hunting trips of the time.

“The high death rate among male hunters increased the pressures of sexual selection on early European women and led to rapid change as women struggled to evolve the most alluring qualities - with one possible outcome being an unusual complex of colour traits,” says Frost.

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Huh. That's crazy. Going all the way back to the cavemen days?!

All I know is this: I've been getting my hair cut by the same stylist for 4 years. She's a blonde. And about 9 months ago, she radically changed her hair to jet black. When I unknowingly walked into the salon and Sara jumped out from behind the corner, I took one look at her and yelled, "Holy crap!"

"So, whaddaya think?"

"Wow. THAT is different. Hmmm...you know, I gotta say, you look kind of...evil."

"Really? Man, that's what everybody is saying! Sara replied. "Gosh, maybe blondes really are more approachable!"

Who knows. That's why I stick to the redheads.


What perceptions do certain hair colors give off?

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Scott Ginsberg
Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag