Feisty, ill tempered, fiery, and unpredictable are commonly associated with redheads. Stereotypes usually contain a grain of truth to them. Are these labels really justified?
I’ve known many redheads in my life and know there are plenty of times when they’ve lost their temper, but haven’t we all done that? After a bout of anger should we allow the redhead to say, “Well what did you expect, look at the color of my hair?”
My answer is no. There is nothing scientifically linked between the MC1R receptor gene that is partially responsible for red hair and emotional responses. The nature vs. nurture argument comes into play. Using the nature vs. nurture argument, it is my opinion it is a learned behavior.
Differences make people a target and red hair can make someone stand out in a crowd. Children are often teased because of their red hair. This starts young when the child is in school or on the playground. If you have been teased before, you understand that defending yourself usually comes naturally. Sometimes an overkill response will have other people telling you to take a chill pill and calm down, but through this experience they’ve learned you have a temper. People may even decide not to mess with you in the future.
Being singled out and undermined does not end in school. People constantly put others down in their jobs, social gatherings etc. and if you’ve been the victim of bullying in the past you will be quick to realize when someone is trying to undermine you in the future. Redheads will carry this learned behavior and their temper with them.
Now you know my two cents worth on the subject.
But what do you think? I’d love to know your thoughts.
Ida Page in Wild and Tender Care fits the stereotype. She is a redhead with a fiery temperament. She also has a redhead’s passionate side, which William Steere works hard to bring out. Here is the blurb for my latest historical romance.
Ida Page has seen the worst the west has to offer. Snubbed by the citizens of Big Rock, Colorado, ever since the town cleaned up its act and became civilized, she has tried to change with the times. No other line of work available, she became a laundress after the mayor shut down the whorehouse, but the good people will not allow her to forget her past as a shady lady. She has given up on ever being accepted, let alone falling in love, until a handsome half-breed stranger arrives in town.
After the War Between the States, William Steere has been looking for a town to build a medical practice. He answered a newspaper ad placed by the mayor of Big Rock and hopes their desperate need for a doctor will overrule their race prejudice against his half-breed status. At the Independence Day picnic, he is introduced to all the town citizens except for one woman sitting off by herself. This redhead draws him to her with merely a gaze.
Can the two outcasts find love and acceptance in each other’s arms or will the town’s cruelty and a smallpox epidemic tear them apart?
Haley Whitehall lives in Washington State where she enjoys all four seasons and the surrounding wildlife. She writes historical fiction and historical romance set in the 19th century U.S. When she is not researching or writing, she plays with her cats, watches the Western and History Channels, and goes antiquing. She is hoping to build a time machine so she can go in search of her prince charming. A good book, a cup of coffee, and a view of the mountains make her happy. Visit Haley’s website at http://haleywhitehall.com.
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