Flashback Friday: Finally, science answers the question “Are blondes really dumb?”

By Seriously Science | March 16, 2018 6:00 am
Photo: flickr/lil'_wiz

Photo: flickr/lil’_wiz

We’ve featured so many studies that reinforce stereotypes on this blog that we have a whole category full of them. So it was refreshing to find this study, which set out to test whether blondes are actually dumber than people with brown, red, or black hair. More specifically, the author crunched data from a large survey of young baby boomers, which conveniently included both hair color and IQ information for most respondents. He found that not only are blonde women not dumb–they’re actually MORE likely to be geniuses than women with other hair colors. Perhaps “Legally Blonde” is actually a work of nonfiction?

Are Blondes Really Dumb?

“Discrimination based on appearance has serious economic consequences. Women with blonde hair are often considered beautiful, but dumb, which is a potentially harmful stereotype since many employers seek intelligent workers. Using the NLSY79, a large nationally representative survey tracking young baby boomers, this research analyzes the IQ of white women and men according to hair color. Blonde women have a higher mean IQ than women with brown, red and black hair. Blondes are more likely classified as geniuses and less likely to have extremely low IQ than women with other hair colors, suggesting the dumb blonde stereotype is a myth.”

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  • http://www.mazepath.com/uncleal/EquivPrinFail.pdf Uncle Al

    Blonde hair – natural or bleached – acts as a selective light pipe channeling reactive photons through the skull into the brain. Small molecule photochemistry then creates bimbosine. Blondes should always be kept in the dark.

    No? Try this: Blondes are of Northern and Eastern European extraction – where the brains are. Go south and west to wallow in brunettes and diversity.

  • Joseph Hertzlinger

    OTOH, there might be reason to believe peroxide causes brain damage …

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