Saturday, May 12, 2012


Earlier this week I received a one-word writing prompt email from a blog I subscribe to. It was simply "ginger." As a redhead, the first thing that comes to mind is not the spice, but instead the hair color. Although it's only been the past several years that I've heard the term widely used in the US to describe us.

Most ginger talk is in good fun. It seems we have no souls, so we steal others. Interesting. Also, I've been hearing a lot that we're prone to migraines (would explain a lot) and also that we're resistant to anesthetic (would explain years of dentist visits).

Sadly, though, if you do a search for "ginger" online you will find "Kick a Ginger Day", a website created "as a joke" from a South Park episode. Unfortunately, too many people took this seriously and actually did hurt redheaded kids across the globe.

Why all the hate for gingers? I prefer this version of the popular "keep calm" posters:


  1. I had no idea there was this anti ginger or red head feeling until I came here- and I have heard it repeated several times. It is funny because in Singapore growing up- the term for 'white person' was often slanted into "Amoh Qui" which is translated "red hair devil" oh my!!

    My granddaughter is redheaded and in my opinion an ANGEL and as far from a soul stealer as you can get- maybe she is a HEART STEALER :)

    I had a question - you mentioned about being resistant to anesthetics- please explain because I am a red head and have wondered about something in that line.

    1. I've seen photos of your granddaughter on your blog, and she IS an angel! And a heart stealer :) I've heard anecdotally from both friends and medical professionals that redheads have a higher resistance to anesthesia and pain medication. It appears to be true for me when it comes to dental work! The standard numbing shots don't work at all for me. There is something about redheads and bleeding, too, but I can't remember what it is.