I must talk about my unease with Gingerdom. Being a ‘’ginger’’ has been pretty horrendous up until recently and by that I mean at age 40 plus!! And it is still only OK now because I am actually a strawberry blond and much happier for it. As a young woman/man having ginger hair means you have to be quite strong in dealing with the teasing which can range from mildly humiliating to downright devastating. I opted for the role of ‘’funny girl’ as my coping mechanism. Anything to deflect comments about my hair. I don’t want to put it in the same bracket as having to deal with racist comments and the like but because we are ‘’different’’, we are therefore treated ‘’differently’’ by a large segment of people.

As a child I was sporty and slim and the red hair was not really a problem. In fact on the contrary, family and family friends loved it and frequently told me so. It was when I hit puberty, breasts and weight gain occurring simultaneously, that it became a problem….

On a positive note, if you are a happy red head then that is fantastic and you join a list of red headed totty like Damien Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Susan Sarandon, Julia Roberts, Robert Redford (my father was not dissimilar to him), Boris Becker, Tim Minchin and numerous others. If however you are an unhappy redhead, then change it! Dye it or embrace it!

And if you have not heard Tim Minchen’s song about being Ginger, then you are in for a treat! It’s hysterical and brilliant.



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