Legally Blonde and the History of the “Dumb Blonde”

“All people see when they look at me
is blond hair and big boobs.” Legally Blonde is about
a pernicious form of discrimination in our society: anti-blonde bias. “There’s nothing I love more than
a dumb blonde with daddy’s plastic.” While the movie’s use of the term
“prejudice” in relation to blondes is a little flippant, “You know until this day
I had held the highest opinion of redheads as a fellow hair minority group.” It’s interesting to look more deeply
at why a woman like Elle Woods might face contempt just for looking
the way she does. “Did you see the icky brown color
of her hair?” “So? Now you discriminate
against brunettes?” “Why shouldn’t I? I’m discriminated against as a blonde.” So let’s dig into the cultural origins
of the assumptions Elle battles, to find what’s behind
the Blonde Stereotypes. “I don’t have to work I just have jiggle
cause I’m a blonde, blonde, Cause I’m a blonde
don’t you wish you were me?” If you’re new here be sure to subscribe
and hit the bell to get notified about all of our new videos. Where does the idea
of the “dumb blonde” come from? “What’s the big idea,
am I dumb or something?” The first known dumb blonde
in entertainment can be found in an 18th-century French play
called Les Curiosités de la Foire. The character was inspired
by French courtesan Rosalie Duthé, who was widely believed
to be both beautiful and dumb. She didn’t even talk much,
so the literal sense of the word “dumb” also applied. Most of our modern day perceptions
of Blondes, though, come from Hollywood. “Is it true blondes have more fun?” “Why not be a blonde and see? A lady clairol blonde.” “Besides, blondes do have more fun.” When Jean Harlow came on the scene
as the star of “Platinum Blonde” in 1931 “As a special favor to me
you won’t print that story, will you?” “You know something lady,
if you sold life insurance I’d go for a policy in sixty seconds.” Followed by “Bombshell” in 1933, “Mm that smells good, I just love
baked potatoes, don’t you?” She popularized the “bleach blonde”
hairstyle, and helped birth the persona of the “blonde bombshell”
a woman with pure, primal sex appeal, uncomplicated by very many thoughts. “I was reading a book the other day.” “Reading a book?” Sexy blondes went on to dominate
Hollywood in the 40s and 50s, “I’m terribly sorry to bother you
but I forgot the key to my front door so I had to ring your bell,
I feel so silly.” “It’s perfectly alright.” Annette Kuhn’s “The Women’s Companion
to International Film” identifies three key “blonde stereotypes”
that eventually emerged in film: One, the “ice-cold blonde”
think Hitchcock Blondes like Grace Kelly and Kim Novak. “Too-blonde hair always looks like
a woman’s tryin’ to attract the man.” Two, the “blonde bombshell,” “You can come closer, I don’t bite.” Three, And “the dumb blonde” “What’s the matter with you anyways?” “I’m not very bright I guess. Just dumb, if I had any brains I wouldn’t be on this crummy train
with this crummy girl’s bags.” These types are distinct,
but they’re also connected, All three turn the blonde into an object
who is at once idolized and seen as less-than-human. “My legs look so terrible
without stockings.” As Kunn notes, the mysterious
ice-cold blonde is typically hiding something under her innocent veneer. So there’s a sense that the blonde
is not to be trusted, “Oh you’re that type.” “What type?” “Honest.” “Not really.” The Blonde Bombshell,
whose sexuality, Kuhn writes is “is explosive and available to men,
though often at a price” Turns the blonde into a raw
inhuman creature. “Wouldn’t you be a good wife?” “I like to have fun too much.” “Anyone as pretty as you would.” And a prize to be bought. “Don’t you know that a man being rich
is like a girl being pretty? You might not marry a girl
just because she’s pretty. But, my goodness, doesn’t it help?” And the Dumb Blonde shares
the bombshell’s animal sexuality, matched with an exaggerated denseness
which is often carefully cultivated to appeal to men. “I can be smart when it’s important,
but most men don’t like it.” Many classic Hollywood actresses
who played the dumb blonde, like Jayne Mansfield and most famously
Marilyn Monroe, were in fact very smart. And more recent incarnations
of the trope like Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy, Paris Hilton
and Jessica Simpson, who have all channeled this persona
in a mix of fictional or semi-fictional and supposedly “real” performances
of themselves, “Is this chicken what I have
or is this fish? I know it’s tuna but it says chicken.” “What is Walmart? Is it like,
they sell wall stuff?” Are making a calculated decision
that suggests a savvy marketing brain. “I think that just for doing that show
for so long I was playing this character as an airhead for five years on TV
that people assume that’s how I am in real life, but I wouldn’t
have got this far being a dumb blonde.” Even as blonde jokes became a staple
in our culture, “What’s the first thing a blonde does
in the morning? Goes home.” Numerous cultural creators
since the 1950s have cleverly satirized, questioned or inverted
tired blonde stereotypes. “Here you thought I was just another
bubble-headed blonde bimbo! Well the joke’s on you,
I’m not even a real blonde!” Madonna claimed blonde sexuality
as an empowering force through her Blonde Ambition tour,
and she celebrated Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in the video
for Material Girl. Buffy the Vampire Slayer subverted
the image of the popular, blonde, cheerleader, by giving her
the after-school activity of saving the world from the undead. “Spell it out for me, I feel an attack
of dumb blonde coming on.” Arrested Development poked fun
at the vacant blonde through a Charlize Theron character
who’s actually mentally handicapped, but this goes unnoticed
because the people she meets are so primed to see her simple mind
as part of her blonde charm. “Instead of making houses
maybe you should make land. On the ocean.” “You’re brilliant.” “Yeah, she wasn’t.” Within this body of revisionist
Blonde culture, Legally Blonde is perhaps one of the best
and most coherent takedowns of the anti-blonde tradition. “Elle, how did you know
that Chutney was lying?” “Because she’s brilliant of course.” The movie could reasonably be titled
“Revenge of the Dumb Blonde.” “I change my mind. I pick the dangerous one, because I’m not afraid of a challenge.” Culturally, Elle also represents
a more particular version of the dumb blonde trope,
the 80s and 90s “Valley Girl.” “Like Oh my God! Like totally!” Like another underestimated blonde,
Cher from Clueless, “So I figure these grades
are just a jumping off point to start negotiations.” Elle is a response to cultural contempt
for Valley Girls, and that’s brought out in
the movie’s emphasis on how East Coasters look down on
this California Casual personality. “Well east coast people are different.” “The people here are so vile,
hardly anyone speaks to me.” And its choice to make
the initial villain a Connecticut WASP, “Warner told me all about you,
you’re famous at our club.” Valley-Girl-esque blondes
were criticized for their superficiality and love of shopping. “I love that restaurant,
I heard Madonna went into labor there. Oh my gosh I have to go shopping.” “Spa, isn’t that kind of
like your mothership?” They were perceived as empty
and braindead. “You think that’s all I do,
I’m just a ditz with a credit card?” But Elle and Cher reveal
that resentment for their kind betrayed a deeper disrespect
for teen girls and a cultural movement to belittle them. “I think that I remember Hamlet accurately.” “Well, I remember Mel Gibson accurately,
and he didn’t say that. That Polonius guy did.” Long before the Blonde came
to Hollywood, blonde stereotypes have been around in some form
for so long that their roots can be nebulous to trace. According to Victoria Sherrow’s
Encyclopedia of Hair, there are historical precedents
linking blondeness to promiscuity. In the Roman Empire,
prostitutes frequently wore blonde wigs or had dyed blonde hair. She writes that,
up through the 1300s in Europe, people saw blonde hair as provocative,
and that artists have often painted sinning seductress Eve as a blonde,
and the Virgin Mary as a brunette. Sherrow also gives some broad reasons
why blonde hair may have historically been considered attractive
in European culture. Coming from recessive genes,
it’s less common than brown hair and therefore became more sought-after. It evokes gold and light,
both classic objects of desire. And it’s linked to youth,
which is to this day prized in women as a signifier of fertility. On the subject of youth,
TV Tropes even writes that the idea that blondes are less smart
could come from, quote, “The fact that some Caucasian children
have blond hair that darkens as they grow older and hopefully, wiser.” A key point that comes through
in all these wide-ranging explanations is that there’s a longstanding
perceived connection between blond hair and attractiveness. So, really, the negative narratives
about blondes are negative propaganda about attractive people. But why is our culture concerned
with tearing down pretty women? “We have Bethany Whisper
in our locker room. Oh boy, uh, I guess they do airbrush
out the tattoo don’t they?” To answer this question,
we need look no further Than our culture’s
favorite recurring rivalry: the blonde vs. the brunette. Examples abound, from Archie Comics’
Betty and Veronica, “A blonde girl, a raven haired girl,
and the luckiest red headed boy in the universe.” To classic TV shows like
Three’s Company, “You know I’ve always been partial
to blondes.” “That’s nice.” Dynasty, 90210, “Which do you think guys like best
on girls, long or short hair?” “Hmm, that’s a deep question. Personally, I prefer blondes.” “Really?” And Dawson’s Creek, “Do you like the blonde
or do you like the brunette?” To more modern incarnations
in The Office, Suits, “Blonde or brunette?” Or Dexter, or Gossip Girl “Here for another catfight?” In Legally Blonde, the battle waged
by Elle and Vivian exemplifies this Blonde/Brunette dichotomy, which Warner frames as a Marilyn Monroe
vs. Jackie Kennedy situation. “If I’m going to be a senator
Well I need to marry a Jackie, not a Marilyn.” This exercise of lumping women
into two categories along these lines is incredibly common in our culture. “Jackie Kennedy, and Marilyn Monroe. Every single woman is one of them. Watch this. Jackie, Marilyn.” Sometimes the blonde is more
down-to-earth, “Of course I love you Betty. But I can’t give you the answer you want.” While the brunette is more exotic, “My mom and I just moved here, so.” “From where?” “New York.” “Wow.” While in Warner’s Marilyn/Jackie
dichotomy, the blonde is sexy and fun “Do you remember when we spent
those 4 amazing hours in the hot tub after winter formal?” “- Yes – no]”, while the brunette is smart and serious. “Do you think it’s acceptable
that Ms. Woods is not prepared?” “No.” Crucially, more often than not,
the reason the blonde and brunette are at odds is that
they’re fighting over a man. At first Elle and Vivan buy into this
whole blonde-brunette narrative, too, and fittingly, they see themselves
as competitors for a guy. In reality, though, their feud
isn’t about Warner himself, it’s all about the ring. “She’s got the 6 carat Harry Winston
on her bony unpolished finger.” Vivian flaunts the ring
in front of Elle. “I’m his fiancee.” And Elle stares at,
motivated to rise to the challenge. This emphasis on the ring
underlines that these women aren’t acting out of love,
they’re chasing the prize that their culture has told them
represents the heights of their womanly ambition. In the end, both women realize
they’re not each other’s enemies or opposites. “I still can’t believe you didn’t tell
Callahan the alibi.” “It’s not my alibi to tell.” “I know. And I thought that
was very classy of you.” They’re more alike
than they are different, and they’re both out of Warner’s league. “You are the girl for me.” “I’ve waited so long
to hear you say that. But if I’m gonna be a partner
in a law firm by the time I’m 30 I need a partner who’s not
such a complete bonehead.” It’s no accident that they were made to
think they had to tear each other down. As long as exceptional women believe
their ultimate purpose is to bag a guy like Warner, this keeps the Warners
on top, and all women down. “Do you ever notice how Callahan
never asks Warner to bring him his coffee, I mean he’s asked me
at least ten times.” And that brings us to an important point
that Legally Blonde reveals, that blonde stereotypes,
and the blonde-brunette rivalry, are fundamentally forms of sexism. Refinery 29 wrote, quote, “The dumb blonde trope has morphed
into the ‘beauty and brains’ dichotomy.” “Rachel you are a beautiful women,
and you can do whatever you want.” “Beautiful, not smart.” And at its core, the blonde
versus brunette rivalry externalizes this competition between
beauty and brains. “And they say you can’t be pretty
and smart.” The false narrative that a woman
must have only beauty or only brains is a tactic to limit her potential,
pigeonholing her into only one avenue of power. One of the key episodes in the movie
is when Elle’s professor Callahan makes a pass at her. “I’m a man who knows what he wants.” “And I’m a law student who just realized
her professor is a pathetic asshole.” This event uncharacteristically
does make Elle doubt herself. “Turns out I am a joke.” To the point that she almost gives up
on law school altogether. “No more trying to be something
that I’m just– I’m just not.” Why does this one instance
of yet another sleazy guy so get to her, when she brushes off other attacks that,
at first glance, seem just as hurtful? “Thanks for inviting me girls,
this party is super fun.” Right before Callahan hits on Elle,
he delivers a speech complimenting her on her performance
in the internship. She finally feels that her mind
and hard work are being validated. “You gained the client’s trust
and kept it, that’s what makes a great lawyer.” But after he reveals his sexual agenda “You’re a beautiful girl.” “So everything you just said..” All his words ring false. “Callahan never saw me as a lawyer
he just saw me like a piece of ass just like everybody else.” She’s hurt because she’s trusted
this person in a position of power to evaluate her inner worth
as a budding lawyer, yet he reduces her to a purely
sexual identity, just as so many before him have dismissed her. So if this symbol of authority,
of “making it” as a lawyer, is just as bad as the rest of them,
then what’s the point of even trying to prove herself,
in a world that just can’t see what’s most valuable within her? “No one’s ever gonna take me seriously.” Elle finds, that no matter how many
credentials she earns, though, “Wait, am I on glue or did we not
get into the same law school Warner?” Elle finds she’s still dismissed
due to her blonde-ness. “You’re not smart enough sweetie.” “I’m never gonna be good enough
for you am I?” “I will not be outmaneuvered
by this silly little blonde.” Legally Blonde isn’t the story
of Elle realizing her own worth, it’s the story
of the rest of her society catching up and coming around to seeing
what she already knows. “I’ll show you how valuable
Elle Woods can be.” Ironically, star Reese Witherspoon
has said she’s faced the same sort of typecasting in her acting career,
being told she wasn’t smart enough and couldn’t handle more complex roles
due to her “blondeness” and due to the perception
that she plays “likable” characters, Elle Woods being a prime example. “We don’t like to see Reese curse,
we don’t like to see Reese do anything, she’s likable, she would never have sex
with a married man or anything like that. In a, in a course of storytelling
it always cuts your character down to nothing.” Legally Blonde reminds us that,
whether you’re a blonde or any other kind of person,
being crippled by others’ kneejerk assumptions about you
takes a real toll. So if there’s any lasting lesson
Elle Woods can teach society it’s that it’s time, once and for all,
to stop judging each other by our covers or our hair colors. “And remember you are beautiful.” “How do you think I’d look as a blonde,
You know?” “Hm, I’m not sure you could handle it.” Hi guys, it’s Susannah, And Debra, We are, The Take. If you like what we’re doing
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  • Ironically, most countries that have a large percentage of blondes have very high levels of education and their students rank high when it comes to math, science, and reading scores.

  • Legally blonde the only reason she won that case is because it was about hair

  • the real crime here is that girl in the old Hollywood hair dye ad looked better as a brunette but if that's what she wants

  • How come you didn't mention the other blonde actresses in the 1930s like Thelma Todd and Mae West? They were both just as symbolic at their time period as Jean Harlow.

  • Harry Potter VS Draco Malfoy

  • @TheTake Can you or anyone tell me what movie 3:53–4:00 is? I've seen the movie before and couldn't ever find it again because I didn't know the name 🙁 It would really mean a lot if someone could tell me! I adore the movie and it's bummed me out not knowing what it's called all this time.

  • And auburn hair?

  • I hate when people radiotype us blondes as dumb.

  • It's so fricking sad too one of my blonde friends is so insecure about her hair color. There are even times where blonde girls (in my experience) have dyed their hair darker like W H A T? Bruh it's just stereotypes and the way people perceive things in general. Negative stereotypes for that matter.

  • So we need to support women and dump warners. There are so many insecure warners in the world.

  • How about hair length there needs to be a movie about that

  • Marilyn Monroe is pretending to be dumb, but then does stuff like “Happy biiirrrrrthdaaay Mr. Preeeessident…” She knew EXACTLY what she was doing

  • I was often the butt of dumb blonde jokes in my friendship group at school, but ended up doing better than 90% of them in my exams LOL

  • Where does It comes from?…it comes from scumbags like Harvey Weinstein.
    …and the thing is most blondes in Hollyshit are not blondes at all.

  • Tiniest violin in the universe.

  • Fantastic video! wish you hadn't used "crippled" like that in your closing lines but amazing nonetheless!

  • Rose from Golden Girls would be an interesting addition to this conversation, the left over perceptions of youthful dumb blonde still being attached to an older woman and how she can at times subvert or enforce the stereotype, allegedly shes not even dumb because shes blonde but because of wheres shes from she just happens to be dumb and blonde.

  • Paris Hilton is so smart

  • Laughs in 4C hair

  • Damn blondes have it the hard way at least they still have white privileges

  • I know of a girl "SuperCar Blondie" and she is definitely not dumb.

  • Dumb means mute, look it up. Dumb meaning stupid is just a word we adapted to. Therefore people saying the first “stereotype” for blonds was because she was a dumb and never talked could mean they were saying dumb as in mute.

  • Blonde hair is one genetic mutation I do not mind having as it has no bearing on me as an individual. I could live without the Lupus, kidney disease and clotting factors…. I had loads of fun at dialysis. Sooooo much fun. I'd rather be HEALTHY and have functioning kidneys than be "pretty" and blonde.

  • i really like this video! I find it really informative

  • Don't tell me they're so petty they're dividing people along the lines of hair colour now? How silly. There are classy women who are blond and classy women who are brunette. Grace Kelly was blond and classy enough for a prince to marry her. Diana was a blond and she was classy. Jackie Kennedy was brunette and she was classy. Hair colour has NOTHING to do with it! We're dividing people along the lines of hair colour now? How petty!

  • Callaghan and Warner are both sexist pigs. I was on the side of the blond in this film. This is prejudice telling her she's dumb because she's blond! I liked the bit when the brunette girl told her she was classy for her discretion where other people's business was concerned. That was the point when both girls learned they could respect each other. The brunette realised that the blond girl was just as classy as she was. She looked at her with newfound respect. There was some real female bonding that went on there. That was a good moment in the film. It was nice to see both girls look at each other with real respect.

  • Helen Johnson in my class was blond and beautiful but also clever. We used to compete for first place. She came first in the summer exams. I came first in the winter exams. She was blond. I have black hair. She was a classy and gifted girl and beautiful, the prettiest girl in our year at school along with Debbie Mambaha. I always had a lot of respect for Helen. She was a very classy girl. Being blond doesn't mean that you are dumb! Blond girls can be VERY clever!

  • Was that the Duchess @ 3:52?

  • I would also go a step further and say let’s stop judging each other, and let’s also stop judging ourselves and take confidence, courage, and believe in our own self. When we start there, others will begin to notice. And the ones that don’t, they really don’t matter in the end, do they? I absolutely love this movie. I know it’s pinned as a silly chick flick sometimes, but it truly does have substance. One of my favorites.

  • Blonde jokes dont happen at my school because its california and half of the people here are blonde either from the sun or naturally

  • ok but you forget to mention Usagi from Sailor Moon!

  • I like how their culture's all you can't be smart and beautiful and here in my school the snartest is always the most beautiful.

  • You neglected to point out that the blonde versus brunette trope is a result of trying to create visual contrast between two female characters.

  • I got happy when u showed Cher

  • I once read that blonde hair is associated with children who have a fertile mind so they are called "dumb" … (I'm a natural blonde 👱🏻‍♀️)

  • A lot research . Nice job. Loved the video.

  • People think:
    Blonde people are dumb
    Asian people are smart
    When in reality my best friend blonde is way smarter than me asian haha

  • Not all Blondes are pretty.

    -A brunette

  • Blond is just a hair colour, it doesn’t determine your academic levels, and I’m brunette and I’m stupid 😐

  • Hum nothinton Mae West ?? She is the OG blond bomb shell and she wasn’t at all the dumb stereotype !!!

  • Loni Anderson refused to play a dumb blonde on WKRP. In fact she insisted on being the smartest character on the show.

  • Can someone help me out? Who is the blonde at 13:39 ?

  • i'm a redhead :/

  • Oh well that's life according to Hollywood.

  • At 3:54 it's
    And God Created Woman (1956)

  • Maybe blondes became dumb due to over bleaching causing brain cells to die over time? Maybe that’s why Asians and south asians are so intelligent…. they’re not blonde lol

  • I have black hair lol I’ve never fit into these blonde/brunette categories

  • Gingers are always forgotten 🙁

  • Black haired people:”we forgettable 😔✊”

  • When your a blonde while watching this


  • and another thing i never did "judge by hair color". People are weird

  • I’m not even blonde why am I watching this

  • Another thing to remember is that blonde is also associated with the Aryan race and so blondness may also be used to insidiously promote racism and other fascist bullshit. Just a thought…

  • Take a moment to realize that we have a societal norm that says: hair color is related to intelligence. Now THAT is dumb. Like phrenology was dumb. Please, can we all collectively point out that the association of blonde with dumb is an emperor with no clothes? No person considered serious would still say the shape of a person's tongue has anything to do with their morality. Let's start laughing the believers in that longtime dumb-blonde link off the face of the Earth as we did the one-time respected genre of phrenologists.

  • I want blonde hair and blue eyes
    Besides blond hair looks more cleaner

  • I have dirty blonde hair

  • I wonder if there is a certain jealousy toward women (maybe men as well) who are both good looking and smart. Something along the line of thinking that: "It isn't fair I got to be ugly and dumb while Jenny got to be smart and [physically] attractive."

  • I can tell you from experience you attract creeps. Yeah I'll stick with my blue hair thanks

  • But why bonde men never have that stereotype?

  • Okay so raven haired women arnt seen as widely attract ? Not even megan fox ? Or priyanka Chopra?

  • Thissss. So many people underestimate the importance of this movie ughhh

  • This is real. Ive totally doubted my own intelligence, wondering if im smart enough to pursue certain academics because if EVERYONE treats me like im dumb they cant all be wrong, right?
    Wrong. My freshman year bio group was the worst for this and they all got Cs and i got an A and I realized id essentially been gaslit. The way people perceive you matters

  • I remember my beautiful, brunette sister telling me when I was a kid that 'people say you can't be smart and pretty at the same time, but don't believe that. You are already pretty and smart, you just have to grow.' that stuck with me. Also, bc of Legally Blonde I said I wanted to be a lawyer or a teacher, when I was 6. Guess who's getting into the teacher training program now.

  • Jenny McCarthy is just dumb.

  • what about the black headed girl

  • who is also blonde and watching this

  • "… blonde stereotypes have been around in some form for so long that the ROOTS can be nebulous to trace" missed opportunity right here

  • How strange that "dumb" has gone from "mute" to "stupid," right?

  • 6:38

    That’s actually what Legally Blond is called in Italy: La Rivincita delle Bionde (“The Comeback of the Blondes”).

  • The Marilyn vs. Jackie can also reworded as The WOMEN you marry/take home to mother vs The WOMEN you fool around with/make your mistress. IT'S "NICE GIRLS" VS "BAD GIRLS". A lot of men like to categorize women as one or the other. That's why I HATE when men talk about how well they treat women because they have daughters &/or was raised by women. Well, yeah you're going to treat those women with respect b/c you put them in the "nice girl" box but that doesn't mean you treat every women with respect. I've seen so many men treat their daughter like princesses but then turn around and say something so disgusting/offensive to women & think they can get away with hit b/c she's been labeled a "bad girl"

  • It isn't against blondes but fake women who bleach their and often tan and are very superficial . It is all Hollywood brainwashing non sense.

  • 9:15 truth comes out

  • As a brunette, I feel we are misunderstood as well! In my school everyone thinks I'm really serious when I'm actually there comedian of my friend group.

  • I mean, the dumb blonde trope reeks of misogyny like, badly. But women can be just as toxic when it comes to the term, or judging other women. I've seen other girls give each other so much shit because they're blonde, or act superior again, bc they're blonde. Shits wiiild.

  • I mean, most blondes are dumb anyway

  • There are bright yellow blondes, platinum blondes, strawberry blondes, auburns, dishwater blondes, albinas, gingers, bright red redheads, dark red redheads, and even naturally blonde black people, or so I've read (though I'm not sure I've ever actually seen one)—although many of the latter may be more coppery than blonde. How many stereotypes do we need to cover them all?

  • *Herstory

  • boy, was jackie kennedy an ugly little something. goodness

  • I’d say that Roxie from Chicago was an original blondie but I don’t know

  • i saw a dumb blonde boy in a movie

  • Thanks a lot Hollywood, you've ruined it for every blonde out there

  • Something kind of funny yet annoying at the sane time about suburban/wealthy blonde white women talking about how people are "prejudice" against them -_-
    "Americas contempt for valley girls"
    "Subvert the blonde stereotype to take their power back"


    You know what groups of women are ACTUALLY stereotyped negatively?

    Native american women.
    Latina women.
    Black women.
    Sex workers.
    Conservative women of color.
    Butch lesbian women.

    Not white women. Not white women with blonde hair.
    What the actual fu

  • There’s been many times I had came home from school or a “friend’s” house crying because of the blonde stereotype.

  • she aint discriminated .-.

  • 3:42 movie name plz?

  • the best part of the whole damn movie is that even after all this she makes no attempt to alter herself, her values or her femininity in order to be taken more seriously within that world. She strides forward with both her intelligence and her "blondeisms" and forces the world to accept both at the same time

  • Great analysis, I'm going to subscribe

  • My hair is such an odd halfway. It isn't blonde nor brunette, so I just go with "depressed dust road".

  • What if your a red head?

  • I feel like the dumb blonde trope is taking form in male characters in recent years.

  • Annabeth Chase would kill those bastards with a single look if ever she was called dumb.

  • So what if a girl is blonde, and loves fashion and shopping? What if she's beautiful and wears make-up? That isn't a synonym for stupid!

  • If you go to Iceland or other Scandinavian countries, blondes (including females) are intelligent.

  • I've always LOVED blonde hair.
    It's absolutely gorgeous in my eyes.
    I've always wanted to dye my hair blonde.
    But, things like this make me just wanna stay a brunette..
    The thing that annoys me is the sterotypes. I feel I fit more into the blonde stereotype.
    I like revealing clothes, shopping, and pink.
    So it's weird to assume things by hair color.
    The funny thing is the girls who say you can't have beauty and brains get mad when you judge them for their appearance like, "Why can't a guy see pass my ugly looks?" but you're not seeing past a girl's beautiful looks, so be quiet.

  • So basically the cinema did that "dumb blonde" thing wow

  • You know what else? Brunettes are THE WORST! They don't even care  that certain guys exist!

  • Legally Blonde teaches people that it doesn’t matter what society thinks of you, if you win the case you win the case!!!

  • I hate being blond. Everyone thinks I'm stupid, spoiled, and mean. Nobody gives me a chance. I hate it! I wish I could dye it brown.

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