‘A albino cop stops a albino motorist and asks for her active license. The Motorist scuffles about in her purse and can’t acquisition it. She says to the cop, “I acquire to acquire larboard it at home officer.” The cop says, “Well, do you acquire any affectionate of identification?” The motorist scuffles about in her purse again, and finds a abridged mirror. She looks at it and says to the cop, “All I acquire is this account of myself.” The cop says, “Let me see it, then.” So the albino motorist gives the mirror to the albino cop, who looks at it, and replies, “Well, if I had accustomed you were a badge officer, I wouldn’t acquire even pulled you over. You can go now.”‘.
For every antic that exists about an Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman; there is one about a albino woman. A simple internet seek reveals a abundance of actual aimed at blondes and one website advertises itself as; ‘One of the better collections of impaired albino jokes on the internet! The Queen Mother of all albino jokes sites’. The angel of the ‘dumb blonde’ is as accustomed as the addled paddy but does about transcend the boundaries of humour and controllable one-liners if it becomes a acerbic ageism in accustomed life.
I encountered my aboriginal aftertaste of this assumption adage if I was fifteen. The chic was debating media and business in affiliation to blondes and brunettes and one accurate girl; the self-righteous, self-regarding aperture of the class, stood up and declared actual acutely that albino women can be articular by the actuality that they ‘put composition on with a trowel’. I ambition now, all these years later, that I had stood up to allegorize that I (being blonde) was cutting not a stitch of composition and she (brunette) was cutting appreciably more. Acutely I didn’t but it has afflicted me anytime since. I acquisition it absurd that this unembarrassed benightedness and bellicism appear albino women is absolutely adequate and accustomed if every added anatomy of bigotry (such as homophobia, racism and sexism) is now durably unacceptable. Why are women with albino hair accustomed to acquire angry corruption and badinage if humans of capricious ethnicities and sexualities no best acquire to? There are laws and regulations in force in the plan abode to anticipate adjoin about every anatomy of ageism and bigotry and yet accepting albino hair still allegedly makes a woman fair game.
I was afraid while watching a contempo adventure of Come Dine with Me if the narrator; commenting on a changeable adversary who was behaving in a hardly bemused and apparent way, jibed; ‘Are you abiding you’re not blonde?’. I was dumfounded. If the adversary had been behaving differently, would the narrator acquire been accustomed to ask; ‘Are you abiding you’re not black?’ or ‘Are you abiding you’re not disabled?’. Those forms of racism and bigotry are absolutely unacceptable and abhorrent and would be met with shock and outrage, so why is the question; ‘Are you abiding you’re not blonde’ met with chuckles and animated joviality? The programme, aired on Chanel 4 on weekday afternoons, is acutely alone a representation of a accustomed and accustomed attitude the apple over.
On the amusing networking website Facebook, associates can participate in quizzes with names like ‘Are You Blonde?’ and the abhorrent and abhorrent taglines; ‘See how brainless you are’ and ‘Find out if your albino or normal’. As I try to appreciate how a acumen amid ‘blonde’ and ‘normal’ can be fabricated and the actuality that they are even offered as two opposites, I’m sickened by the acerbic and awful abhorrence abaft allegedly brassy and banal sentiments. The abrasive negativity appear albino women is masked by amusement and antic badinage but statements like the aloft examples accommodate acerbic and acid derision and acquire to passive-aggressively advance the accountable rather than mock.
As a by itself albino woman I acquisition that I’m arresting myself on a circadian basis, accepting to assure humans that I’m not an idiot and animadvert my own accustomed faculty adjoin their assumptions of my stupidity. Humans either acquire that anyone with albino hair acquire to in fact be a ‘bimbo’ or if not, feel that they acquire the appropriate to accomplish jokes to the aforementioned aftereffect at your expense. I accede absolutely that the abounding young, adorable women who dye their hair albino and morph into tanned, plastically added Barbie dolls to atone for their abridgement of intellectualism, while not authoritative them any beneath admirable of defence, does accord women who just appear to be built-in with albino hair a bad press. I accede that there are abounding women who would abatement absolutely aural the bound of the ‘bimbo’ stereotype, which is arbitrary but true. There are abounding aimless albino women, just as there are abounding aimless bistered women. It doesn’t accomplish them bad people, they just mould themselves into a accurate typeset. Unfortunately for the blow of us, all albino women become tarred with the aforementioned brush, as it were.
The actuality that I was built-in with albino hair, a aftereffect of accepting two albino parents, does not automatically accomplish me a ‘bimbo’ by default, in the aforementioned way that an Asian man would avert his appropriate not be affected to be a terrorist, or a German avert their appropriate not to be categorized as a Nazi. Stereotypes abide but are not afterwards exceptions.
The blur Legally Albino and its consecutive aftereffect are based absolutely on the apriorism that it is absurd and arresting that a albino woman could auspiciously be accustomed to abstraction law at university and, shock of absolute shocks, graduate! An absolute blur based on the acceptance that a albino woman couldn’t possibly abstraction law, how preposterous! I’d adulation to accomplish a account of all the albino changeable attorneys and ally in law firms I’ve formed for and forward it to the humans who fabricated those films, but again they wouldn’t acquire me, I’m blonde, and the blur does afterwards all acquire a actual nice catastrophe area the albino babe lives appropriately anytime afterwards in animosity of her albino hair.
Caustic ageism and apprenticed apology of any being based on a concrete superior they acquire no ascendancy over should be as unacceptable and afflictive as derision based on derma colour, gender or annihilation else. The animadversion amid the curve of albino jokes and the aggressive, biased attitude appear albino women is abhorrent, abhorrent and aching and albino women should be accustomed the aforementioned aegis and compassionate as any added accumulation accountable to prejudice. Albino should be a cachet admirable of respect, just as any chase or female is. No two albino women are the same, just as no two homosexual humans are, or any two atramentous people. Why do we acquiesce added groups compassionate but still disregard and acquire abandoned and apparent abasement of albino women?
A quick internet seek reveals the additional access to be a Wikipedia page with the appellation ‘Dumb Blonde’. It is the antecedent reflex reaction; the admonition to the angel of albino hair. I acquisition it difficult to appreciate why this ageism is still accustomed to curl and feel beat on account of every able woman in the apple who spends her absolute activity proving and insisting that she is ‘not a bimbo’. Perhaps one day anyone will see accomplished the albino hair and in fact accept to what we’re saying.