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Legally Blonde and the History of the “Dumb Blonde”

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
and you’re new here, please subscribe.

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  2. I remeber in 8th grade, we had a talent show, and in between each show someone would come and say some things until the next person who would perform got ready mentally and physically. During one of them the two people who were talking started making jokes and two of them were about blondes, one of them was:

    What's the difference between a blonde and a pokemon?

    The pokemon evolves

    there weren't many blondes at our school tho but one of them was sitting in front of me and all her friends turned to her and teased her

  3. i so feel this! i have a friend who is very blond and often playing with this blonde stereotype, i have very dark hair and men, even before speaking to any of us, will always assume i am the smart one and she the sexually available one. like, they even say it to our faces without blinking.

  4. I think the dumb blonde trope has only been around for only 50 years, but i know that historically, French prostitutes wore blonde wings.

  5. In arrested development Michael wasn’t thinking that he was to busy liking her that he didn’t realise it’s said in the episode

  6. And how many Hollywood blondes are NOT blondes, only bottle blondes. Maybe the dumb blonde is really a brunette girl.

  7. Y’all didn’t mention the gorgeous, intelligent blonde Samantha “just because my reproductive organs are on the inside instead of the outside doesn’t mean I can’t handle what you can handle” Carter from Stargate SG1? It’s like the character was created to break the stereotype

  8. Agree it's a sexist stereotype because for men if anything it's probably the opposite. blond seen as probably smart

  9. Until this day I held the highest opinion of red heads as a fellow hair minority group lol reese was great in this. I hated she took that weak part in cruel intentions. "Bc I don't trust myself w you" (please? she almost lost my respect w that roll)

  10. The Take didn't need to snap this hard but i'm glad you did. I'm watching this with my mom and we're nodding in agreement.

  11. Another excellent video! Thank you! – I wonder whether the same (hair colour/hair in general being of importance) also hold true when it comes to men in film. Incidentally, yesterday the teaser trailer for Netflix' The King was released and the main topic of discussion online, including in trailer reviews, was the respective haircuts of Timothée Chalamet and Robert Pattinson …

  12. When you grow up rarely does anyone actually make assumptions based on your hair color, even in school I was never really judged for my blonde hair although I was bullied for being white in elementary and middle school.

  13. The "DUMB BLONDE" stereotype goes way back into antiquity and was greatly aided and abetted by hundreds of (male) Renaissance artists who have shown us beautiful but rather unwoke women from Eve, to Venus to Helen of Troy as ravishing blondes. The clever "bad girls" are often pictured as brunettes. This artistic/cultural trope has been hard wired in the West for centuries with no evidence of its ever coming to an end as we have been provided with a never ending parade of blonde pop tarts through the generations in every form of artistic and commercial media.

  14. Most don't even are real blond only the husbands can know the truth when went to land of down under ?

  15. not trying to e mean but i was bored with this video 4 minutes in… i feel like it needs to be a bit more entertaining

  16. Resus ape's and pig's are also blond or better say egg jellow I'm not attracted to that like everyone in my country Iike husband brunette ?

  17. Most people can't be blonde naturally. Women bleaching and dying their hair was more of a taboo during the "Marilyn" days. It was a bold thing to do, to get attention. Therefore there was this idea that a women like that was trying to attract men and were, "party girl" types. Certainly not marrying motherly types.

  18. I love this video!
    Could you please do a video on the short tempered red head trope? Or on red heads in general in media/hollywood?

  19. Right before I entered university, I dyed my hair bright blonde (I have naturally really dark hair and blue eyes). The students didnt take me serious at all, even though I have more life experiences than most of them. It was really hurtful. One guy who was below average looking even hold a mic to my boobs as if they could talk ("as a joke"). So disgusting.

  20. I've seen Legally Blonde hundreds of times, but I never thought of Elle and Vivian competing for an engagement, not Warner. The point you made about society putting pressure on women to get engaged is SO SOLID

  21. Swedish girls are both beautiful and smart and kind and have blonde hair so why can't we see that more in Hollywood movies?

  22. I think girls like "typical blonde airhead stereotype" shouldn't be shamed. Isn't that the point of the movie? Even if she is naive etc, there is more to a person than what you've seen. A person is never just dumb and that's it. There's effort, there's passion, determination, bravery, etc.

  23. how about the stereotype is due to dumb brunettes etc.. want to be blond,
    so you have a higher percentage dumb girls with blond hair.

  24. Because of the blonde stereotype, I dyed my hair brown. All the "you are blonde, so you are dumb and worthless" jokes became to much for me. After dying my hair, all the jokes and insults stopped.

  25. I know people, in laws, that think like this, my sister in law has dark hair and hates blonde women, she is always making dumb blonde jokes, and so does her son, from another marriage! And they are both pretty dumb!
    Me I was born with white blonde hair, that got darker as I got older! The thing is I have never heard anyone call a man who is blonde a dumb blonde, even when he has done something dumb, so that proves its just another way of putting us women down and keeping us down!

  26. I recently had a salon disaster, the salon owner has a rent controlled fancy looking salon but he's used and fucked over so many people that no good stylists are left, so I was tricked by the gorgeous location. The only employee has has left bleached my whole head when I just wanted a balayage. This meant I was blonde with brunette roots and people INSTANTLY started treating me differently, almost like they also stole my intelligence when they took my melanin and my money. I asked for a refund and the salon owner responded by attacking my bf and I just knew that to passersby with my crazy bleached hair I looked like some trailer-park trashy blonde stereotype and it made me sick. The police are pressing charges and one of his former employees who hates him fixed my hair for free but it was all horrible. Blonde women are treated like shit a lot of the time. My boyfriend is blond and is never treated like a stupid childish bimbo but I was for the week before I got my hair fixed up, consistently. Now my hair is brunette up top fading to pink, I figured if I had to get bleached when I didn't want to I might as well have fun with it before I fill it in with red and dye it back to brunette. Now that my hair is mostly dark again, even if it's pink, people treat me mostly the same as they did before when I was a natural brunette. People think I'm artsy and kind of a hipster now and guys try to flirt by comparing me to a mermaid but it's waaaaay less annoying than being treated like a "dumb blonde" it's all just another brand of misogyny that targets some women more than others for an arbitrary reason. It sucks.

  27. My favorite girls are;



    3.Jet black?


    5.Strawberry blondes?


    These are the types of girls I'm into☺️

  28. Dumb man aren't generally seen as atractive. I think dumb women are atractive to man because women dumbness has been related to innocence and lighthartness.. that would give men a break for their highly competitive enviroment. At least back in the old days I think. Sorry for my english.

  29. So tired of hearing about how women have been put down yeah not every woman is like that so stop propitiating your own stereotype

  30. we got those stereotype running around because majority of Trump supporters are white supremacist christian who demand their women by bible; be uneducated submissive

    so they were giving easier time than other colors e_e

  31. "blonde stereotypes have been around in some form for so long that the ROOTS can be nebulous to trace"

    no pun intended

  32. I think to add on to this, society always feels the need to drag people, especially women, down for all of their interests. There is a stereotype for every single thing a woman can be into, and more often then not, society likes to reduce you down to it. A wannabe, a trust-fund baby, a shopaholic, a dumb blonde, a know it all, a slut, a prude, etc.. Our world just loves to label people, and then convince everyone that those labels can't coexist.

  33. My sister’s husband found a bright neon green T-shirt at a garage sale that says..
    on it.
    He has long blonde hair, a beard and looks like Kurt Cobain.
    He gets some weird looks when he wears it, but that’s why it’s fun! Haha

  34. Good point! Women can be smart and beautiful. I am! We also need to stick together. The first blonde I knew was a MENSA member!

  35. I know women with darker hair arnt made fun of to the amount blonde's are but can y'all do a vidoe about stereotypes about darker hair women usually being evil edgy or nerdy?

  36. Blondes are so beautiful. I couldn't be able to achieve this hair color, I tried many times but I ended up with destroyed hair. My boyfriend always've been saying that he likes blonde girls the most so I tried to become one at home, instead of going to professional hairdresser. I tried 3 times. Now my hair is in awful shape. I'm naturally almost black-haired and blond wouldn't even match my eyes or skin. I was so silly to do all these things. So I'm a good counterexample being a stupid brunette. But all that stays in my head is: I'll never be beautiful.

  37. I remember when I was little I was always called the 'pretty' one, and my love for studying always brought me to the debate of am I the pretty or the smart one. I thought I was revelation of the pretty-smart stereotype, when in reality it was so stupid to even think I'm one or the other, and not simply both because it's not an impossible thing! I myself saw women on TV portrayed as the 'pretty dumb one' and was determined to break that misconception of women being pretty but not smart. I just now realize how cruel it is to make a little girl believe she can only be one thing, because little girls should never think that their worth can only be their appearance or her brains, because you are so much more than a pretty face or a rare girl who can think for herself- you are a complete human being who can do anything you desire, regards of how you look or act, you are exceptional in any shape or form and what people says about you doesn't need to affect that at all.

  38. I found that people treated me like a person with a brain when I started dying my hair a darker color. I have a medium-dark blonde haircolor naturally.

    Lately I've been dying my hair a bright unnatural red. And I think others can find it intimidating. I like vivid colors, so it makes me happy.

  39. I feel like without bleach and peroxide available this wouldn't even be an issue. Nearly all of these dumb blondes are natural brunettes. If you're stupid AND brunette might as well go blonde so you can be stupid but pretty

  40. I love beautiful blonde women. Betty Draper from Mad Men is so beautiful and blonde. Jayne Mansfield was a beautiful blonde.

  41. Would be very interesting to talk about brown or red haired girls stereotypes, if think that there are some of them and I would be very curious to know about them

  42. I feel when I was in musicals that I could sing just as well as many of the girls but I was always type cast as the blonde or the silly girl I literally landed a role as a silly girl so I can totally relate to this I sometimes like when people are underestimate me but in other circumstances it can be very hurtful

  43. I wanted to say that the only people I have ever personally known to make blonde jokes and tease blonde people are my blonde friends.

  44. And now that i think about it, the Elle’s motivation to get into law school just for Warner, is what makes her romance with the guy she actually ends up with so important. Throughout the movie you see her trying to prove that her hair colour doesn’t define her, and you keep seeing Warner, the guy she’s trying to “take back” as the one who keeps stereotyping as a fake blonde. The romantic plot line with the guy she ends up marrying is crucial because even though she doesn’t realize it as first, he is the first person who doesn’t let her hair colour define her. And obviously, upon meeting her there is a sort of distance as he comments on her appearance, but it’s perceived more as curiosity rather than contempt. He’s also a casual background character, until he clearly gets labeled as a love nterest towards the end, but his “support” or rather lack of stereotyping and treating Elle based on what she looks like- isn’t praised or brought forward. Elle doesn’t fall for me just because he doesn’t see her first and foremost as pretty, and it doesn’t make him a “good guy” it just sets the standard, tells the viewer that that’s what’s right, despite the fact that we’re so desensitized tot he damage of the blonde stereotype :p

  45. honestly, I've never met a dumb blonde before.. all the blondes I've met are extremely intelligent so I never quite understood where that stereotype came from. this video was really interesting!

  46. Did you know the biggest lie in history is the creation of Lilith. She was created to cast proud and intelligent women as evil and bound to hell. And when the Church claimed that women like Lilith are not worthy of heaven, it created a society where women are expected to be less than men. That they are not meant to be an equal to men. Which is a lie still believed in this day and age. Lilith is a fictional character added to the Bible during the crusade as a way to oppose the politically influential women of the Islamic culture as a way to say that such intelligent and strongly independent women are not worthy of heaven and should not be followed by other women. It is the same way the Catholic church claimed that cats are evil simply because cats are loved by the Islamic culture so they claimed that cats should be killed which gave rise to the spread of bulbonic plague.

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