Blonde Jokes, and Dumb Blokes

R. Person By R. Person, 7th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/20a4c72z/
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An article about stereotypes in jokes, and briefly explores how they can be negative. towards certain groups.

Are blonde jokes bad?

Most of us have encountered some funny blonde jokes in our lives. While a great number of us think nothing of them, other as being a small amusement, some of us believe that dumb blonde jokes are offensive. The dumb blonde jokes perpetuate the stereotype that anyone who has blonde hair is by default stupid, dumb, ditzy etc. For a blonde to be respected, she often has to work harder to prove herself, because otherwise people will just scoff at her. And when a blonde does do something that is ditzy, that confirms the stereotype in people's minds. A brunette, for example, can be ditzier and dumber than a certain blonde, the fact of the matter is that the blonde will be seen as being the ditzy one and perhaps having a bad influence on the brunette, or the brunette is "let off the hook" because she's “human.” This is unfair.

Some people say that blondes are stupid, and imply that blonde jokes are almost accurate. This astounds me. However, if people already have a pre-conception of a certain type of person in their mind, they will usually pay more attention to the evidence that supports it, and filter out the evidence that is contrary, or say that it’s a rare case or exception. In many of these kinds of instances, we aren’t even completely aware that we’re doing it, because we have accepted it as fact almost. So we must try not to be judgemental, and not base a person’s worth on their superficial characteristics. As the idiom says, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”

According to blonde jokes:
1) All blondes are dumb
2) All blondes have an IQ that would make one gasp in horror if it were the same number as a grade on an exam
3) All blondes ever do is put on makeup, get confused easily, and flirt.

What about jokes about dumb blokes and women folks?

There are many jokes that like to poke fun at the male gender. While this is all in good fun, it makes generalizations, and wrongly assumes something about a large group of people. There are also many jokes poking fun at women. Most jokes about men and women have something in common: they usually exaggerate or point out a flaw that that particular gender is said to have and/or reinforces traditional roles and stereotypes.

According to sexist jokes:
1) Women belong in the kitchen only
2) Men do nothing but sit around all day
3) Women are all horrible drivers
4) Men are about as useful as a teddy bear, but softer (tummy area)

Different folks, different strokes

There are many types of jokes that can offend people such as racist jokes , sexist jokes, etc. Nobody is immune to being the butt of a joke. However, many jokes could possibly offend someone, and it's difficult to find a hilarious joke that doesn;t poke fun at someone or something nowadays. It is okay to laugh at them if we realize that they aren't completely accurate. Additionally, since people are always offended at something, it's hard to make a joke that offends nobody. As a society, we're so focused on being politically correct, and stressing over what label to call a certain group as to not offend them. So where do we draw the line?

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author avatar Jonathan
7th Apr 2011 (#)

Interesting article. How many swedes does it take to change a bulb? 10, one to hold the bulb and 9 to spin him around. In Norway we have jokes about the swedish being dumb, and in sweden they have jokes about us norwegians being dumb. Most of us are blond, so both sides are probably right! : )
What provokes me with the blond jokes, is that the ones making the jokes would never dare to be political incorrect enough to make similar jokes about black people, muslims or other groups. Why? Because that would make them "rascists" according to the political correctness of today.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Apr 2011 (#)

I vote in with Jonathan on this issue.

Good article Rachel.

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author avatar debdebbdebby
7th Apr 2011 (#)

Blondes are brilliant and beautiful--- the dumb ones are bleached......why dont blondes eat bananas???THEY CAN'T FIND THE ZIPPER....lol
heres a dumb man joke..
Why don't little girls fart????
they dont get a a$$hole till they get married...hope i made you laugh-- and your writing.is right on target....
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author avatar WordWulf
9th Apr 2011 (#)

I love jokes. Having three blonde daughters, a blonde wife and blonde stepdaughter, I change them into elephant jokes. I don't know an elephant yet:-)

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author avatar Denise O
14th Apr 2011 (#)

rofl wordwuff, now that was funny.LOL
Rachel, I am not as thin skinned as most. Us folks in the deep south of the USA get stereo typed all the time, it doesn't bother me and I have my own jokes to add to theirs. I am also half mexican and I also get those. Let alone women jokes and mother in law jokes. When done as a joke, I see no reason why we can not just lighten up a bit. My son's best friend is black, Donald and you should hear him and my son go after each other. It is a hoot. I also do not take offense at their, yo mama jokes either. Interesting read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar IsabelleChan
26th Aug 2012 (#)

This is a really interesting article. And it also points out the wrong generalizations of one group of people. Thanks for sharing!

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