Redheads are red-hot right now. Not the normal subject covered by the Jointblog for media trend watching...but redheads seem to be in right now. Maybe it is the bright colouring of springtime. Or maybe it is Jessica Simpson's new do or maybe it's Conan's live Late Night shows in Chicago (good to see Cheap Trick and Mr. T again)...but redheads are high on this week's Yahoo Buzz Index.
Being a redhead myself, this naturally grabbed my attention. Ancient Greeks used to bleach their hair red as a symbol of courage. Some think redheads are more fiery in bed (nodding in agreement) while doctors either think we have a higher threshold for pain or we feel more pain, requiring 20% more anesthesia for surgery than less colorful moptops. Hey, there's a reason the Chili Peppers call themselves Red Hot and not Green Hot...there's too much excitement to enjoy!
Of course, membership does have its privileges, such as a lifetime of people wanting to run their fingers through our hair. People have even written about the roots of desire, explaining the myth, meaning and sexual power of redheads.
Some of the hottest Playboy bunnies have been redheads (Shannon Tweed, anyone?), with the magazine saying (if you actually read the articles): "Redheads are like others--only more so." Katherine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Ann-Margret, Nicole Kidman...all striking. It is said there are more than 500,000 websites devoted to blonde jokes, compared with 1,300 for brunettes and only 44 for redheads (which really are still mostly filled with blonde jokes). Hey, you DON'T mess with a redhead.
Redheads are less than 1% of the world's population...we are rare and, especially online, hot in search.
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Friday, May 12, 2006,