Saturday, December 20, 2008


One thing I’ve noticed is that when women want to really “shred” you, they attack your being blonde first.

I recently got a nasty-gram from a woman who got in a dither about one of my columns. She, along with a diatribe about my lack of intelligence and education, had to throw in something about my “bleached blonde tresses” in the first three sentences.

“Bleach blonde” apparently is supposed to be an insult among women. As if coloring one’s hair blonde is somehow shameful. I’ve never heard anyone accuse a brunette of being a “brunette-out-of-the-bottle bitch” or a “fake red-head”. Nope. The slam is always anti-blonde.

I’ve also had my share of men asking if I’m really blonde. And we all know what THAT’S about. (Oh please…I wish men would grow up!)

I went brunette once. Once. It didn’t look good or natural. And I learned that my eyebrows are actually MUCH lighter than they appeared against my blondeness.

I’m not a “bleached blonde.” I like to think of it as “enhanced” blonde. I’m naturally blonde, although I’m darker than I used to be.

Honestly, Kitty, I’m tired of being portrayed as stupid (I’m not. I have a M.A. in Journalism and I teach college part-time). I’m tired of being portrayed as blonde-therefore-slut. And I’m damned tired of blonde jokes.

I think all the vitriol is lobbed at us because, secretly, being blonde equates with some kind of mystery and power that those with low self-esteem just can’t handle.

Phantom Blonde is a writer based in Central Texas. Check out her ruminations on life and blondeness at


Nikki said...

I'm ready to take the plunge. In fact, had I not been trapped on the east coast because of the Winter Weather, I'd have flown home to LA for three days and RETURNED to the east coast all blonded-up for Christmas.

But this is totally what I'm afraid of... With dark or red hair, I'm affectionately called flighty or quirky. The very thing that's held me back from going blonde for so long is that those adjectives will change to something akin to "dumb blonde." Eek.

Kitty said...

Hey Nikki!

Awesome! You will be great blonde, it will be a fun learning experience. But yes, you should brace yourself for the dumb blonde stereotypes, in my experience they ABOUNDED!

Hope you're well!