Better Marry A Redhead- Turns Out They Might Be Genetically Superior

Better Marry A Redhead- Turns Out They Might Be Genetically Superior

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Full disclosure: my wife comes from a family of redheads, all of whom are very proud of this fact. Maybe too proud, actually. The genesis of this article started during one of the marathon sessions where she read a huge list of wikipedia facts about redheads to me and how awesome they are for the umpteenth time.

Not that this is unique to her family- redheads as a group are quite proud of their red-headed heritage, as evidenced by the multitude of redhead t-shirts and other kitschy redhead apparel you’ll find everywhere. (Sadly, no one makes those for us ever-common brown haired folk.)

Irked at their high horse, I decided I would write a scathing (yet gentle) article about how redheads are actually a genetic dead end and that everybody widely agrees they’ll be gone in a few generations due to the utter weakness and inferiority of the redheaded gene.

(Maybe that wasn’t so gentle. In my defense, the list was really long).

At any rate, while looking up the evidence for my takedown piece, I discovered two things:

1) despite popular belief, redheads are in fact not dying out.

and 2)… redheads may, in fact, be genetically superior to their black, brown, and blonde haired brothers and sisters (as evidenced by their Gaelic ancestors practically building America).

redheads may, in fact, be genetically superior to their black, brown, and blonde haired brothers and sisters

Let’s tackle #1 first!

if you’re not familiar with the claim here, let’s catch you up. Put simply, there is a common wisdom that redheads will go extinct because red hair is a recessive gene or because Scotland’s going to get less cloudy due to climate change. (the second one is a new one).

This has been oft-repeated, but is (thankfully) still wrong. First off, it is true that the gene for red hair is recessive. That in and of itself, however, does not mean it will slowly go extinct- since redheadedness is not an especially maladaptive condition- that is, it’s not a trait that makes it harder to survive, and so there’s no reason for it to be selected out of the gene pool.

Nearsightedness and color blindness, for example, are more maladaptive recessive genes, and they have thrived just fine. Even if Scotland became a sunny paradise, sunscreen exists and most skin cancer presents after childbearing age anyway, offering no barrier to reproductive propagation.

(Also, I have heard little evidence that climate change will make Scotland sunnier. That above article is the first I’ve heard of it.)

So redheads are here to stay, barring some sort of catastrophic, nightmarish genocide or unforeseen illness that only affects redheads.

The kicker? They actually might be better selected for procreation. A study done by the Université de Bretagne-Sud, in France, discovered that redheads are approached far, far less by men than by women- overwhelmingly, in social situations men will approach blondes the most and brunettes the second most, leaving the poor redheads far in the dust.

But upon deeper inspection, the research team discovered something interesting: the men didn’t approach the women because they found them less attractive. In fact, it was because they found them more attractive: they didn’t approach them because of fear of rejection, assuming the redheaded women were more assertive and temperamental.

So far from finding redheads to be ugly or undesirable, the opposite was almost true: they found them so desirable that the redheads were ‘out of their league’, so to speak. When asked to comment on the women they approached vs the women they didn’t approach, they rated the redheads more sensuous and promiscuous seeming- both signifiers that would possibly help in the babymaking arena.

So redheads are here to stay, barring some sort of catastrophic, nightmarish genocide or unforeseen illness that only affects redheads. 

So that was out. Not only are redheads not going extinct, they might actually be well selected to thrive. But I continued in my quest undaunted. Redheads have lower pain tolerance, don’t they? And they take more anesthesia to sedate.


As it turns out, both of those are linked to a wider, far more complex gene than previously imagined. It’s not that redheads feel pain more- in fact, they feel a different kind of pain entirely. Redheads, for example, are more susceptible to toothaches and painfully cold temperatures- but they are entirely capable of withstanding more stinging and pressure pain than the average blonde or brunette. Additionally, in an incredible coincidence, they are better able to withstand the ‘fiery’ pain from capsaicin- AKA spicy foods.

And the anesthesia thing? It’s true- they need more anesthesia, leading to a pretty common fear of dentists among redheads. But their weird drug interactions don’t end there- for example, preliminary studies from the same team above show they are easier to treat with certain drugs than others.

The final conclusion that the Aalborg University study drew was that the ‘redhead’ gene (or MC1R for you scientistas out there) is far more intricate and complex than the simple blonde or brown haired gene, affecting far more of the body beyond red hair- in fact, we’ve only scratched the surface!

Interestingly, this has broad implications and could explain much of the cultural stigma against them beyond just having red hair. For example, redheads were often suspected of having magical powers or being witches- a stigma often levied at people that are genetically more intelligent on average (like left-handed people). 

the ‘redhead’ gene (or MC1R for you scientistas out there) is far more intricate and complex than the simple blonde or brown haired gene

Redheads are almost-universally considered across cultures to be more assertive, confident, and capable- a recent study done by University of Tennessee and Dalton State College found that redheads are 4 times more likely to be CEOs than their demographics would suggest. It is very possible that the higher intelligence, assertiveness, confidence, and courage are not environmental factors, but genetic ones- meaning that redheads, far from being poor, almost extinct creatures, are actually far more evolutionarily suited to competing and conquering in our 21st capitalist environment.

So take heart, redheads- you may have been oft-bullied in your youth, but know that’s probably only because you might just be genetically superior to your bullies.

And me? Well, my wife has promised me that I have a place in her new world order- so long as I keep doing the dishes.




  • Shauna McGinnis

    Overall an informative and entertaining article, but a weak conclusion.

    • wkb4447

      I agree with ye, Miss McGinnis. You’re a perceptive lass.

    • ksoileau

      The author is a pathetically henpecked omega male. Nothing unusual to see here folks, move along.

  • Anonymouse

    Please don’t use “in fact” with a handful of stuff you don’t actually understand and fully misinterpret. I was confused how crap like this could even be put up somewhere, but then I looked at the front page and apparently this is an even worse version of psychology today.

    • Laurence O’Neill


    • wkb4447

      Poor “Anonymouse”….so unhappy. In fact, s/he couldn’t possibly be a redhead.

      • Anonymouse

        Wow. So inference. Such clever.

  • Ian

    If this article is accurate, then men with red simply do not exist. It’s all about women, as is usual with all articles about my hair colour.

    • [email protected]


      What about the men?

      • Redheaded men are given plenty of coverage on Pinterest and tumblr. Michael Fassbinder, Tom Hiddleston.

      • James Austin

        married to red headed women..

      • wkb4447

        Men only get into the recognition of specialness when we’re kids. Check out the TV ads. Red-headed boys are all over the place. They are especially good at selling peanut butter, more than not, Jif, to wit:

        • tired_of_minority_rule

          I see red headed men all over the place, in ads on the street…Of course I notice, I am a red head too, and my husband thinks he’s the luckiest man in the world.

          • wkb4447

            He should, because he is.

      • ksoileau

        Men? Who cares about men? Men are second class citizens now, we live in a “women are wonderful” culture that fosters female supremacy.

        • naruwu

          You might tell that to college rape, pay inequality and domestic abuse, not sure they got the memo. Even if it were true, what’s wrong with a culture that celebrates women? Men have only dominated…forever and always, and nearly destroyed the world in the process

          • CatoYounger

            Well, seeing at the college rape stuff are lies and myths, as is the pay inequality, you have no point there. As far as domestic abuse, you’ve obviously not read those stats either. And if men have nearly destroyed the world in the process, where has it gone? Is it still here? And do you really think a truly female dominated world would be better? Do you see how women treat each other?

        • I know! Isnit it great!?

    • andrewi

      Well this was written to his wife… and his wife isn’t a man.

      • TheBorc

        Andrewi has a point. lol.

      • ksoileau

        If it was written to his wife, why does the headline include the phrase ”
        “Better Marry A Redhead”?

        • andrewi

          It’s a shame that you cannot see that that would be an endearing and complimentary title if written to a red haired wife. It literally says “I made a good decision marrying you” to her.

          • ksoileau

            So where’s her article about how great her husband is? You’re grasping at straws, here.

          • andrewi

            And you fail at reading comprehension. It clearly says in the introduction that it’s written to his wife. What the title is irrelevant when the content of the article says exactly what I’m supposedly grasping at straws with. Maybe if you lift your your rainbow turban, you can actually read the top of the article.

          • daniel

            goood commjwenter hgh hyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

          • ksoileau

            One of us is smoking some good stuff. I looked for where it says it’s written TO his wife. Can you give me a line number where this item can be found?

          • andrewi

            “The genesis of this article started during one of the marathon sessions where [my wife] read a huge list of wikipedia facts about redheads to me and how awesome they are for the umpteenth time.”

            Then he says after a little blurb on the same subject

            “Irked at their high horse, I decided I would write a scathing (yet gentle) article about how redheads…”

            Regardless if he actually showed it to her, it was a direct reply to something she said to him.

            A reply is according to the Oxford English Dictionary:
            A verbal or written answer:
            I received a reply from the managing director‘No,’ was the curt reply
            1.1 [MASS NOUN] The action of answering someone or something:I am writing in reply to your letter

            Notice the ‘your’ in the last example, suggesting possession. His wife would be the ‘your’, as she would be only person directly identified in the whole text.

            Feel free to ask me for any more English lessons. It seems as if you are having trouble understanding the prose of this article.

          • ksoileau

            LOL Everyone can see that you are blowing smoke, there is nothing in the article that indicates he wrote it “to her.” The article is *about* her and other redheads. Take your “pride in error” and shove it.

          • andrewi

            Okay kid. If you say so.

          • naruwu

            Yeah, wife’s-playful-boasting-as-inspiration-for-story is not the same as written-response-to-my-wife-who-boasted. Author simply stated what gave him the idea to write about red hair. Now to return to the OP’s point, yes, us male redheads typically get snubbed because while the author accurately points out that redheaded women are found attractive by many men, the only women who like redheaded men seem to be old aunties who want the color for themselves. America’s cultural benchmark for handsome is still “tall and dark.” Stay strong fellow ginger bro.

          • Candi Oates

            Actually, there are some very handsome redheads out there. As a matter of fact, I dated one. It didn’t work out because I am a redhead as well, everyone thought we were brother and sister. That’s another thing, people think all redheads look alike. I don’t get it, just because we have red hair and freckles does not mean we look alike.

          • Lindsay Hayman

            ….not all read heads have freckles lol, I do, but I know many who do not. also I’ve never heard anyone say we all look alike, that’s a first in my 37 years, funny stuff.

          • CatoYounger

            The females in my family think redhead men are irresistable, which is pretty much how I find redhead women.

          • CatoYounger

            You must be a real hit at parties.

          • ksoileau

            You must judge success in life according to how entertaining one is at parties. LMAO

          • CatoYounger

            And you’re whining.

          • ksoileau

            You’re a brainwashed mangina who is comfortable under the heel of females. Good luck with that.

          • UmakeMEsick!

            It really is a shame… The author is clearly writing this for his wife, but with everyone else in mind. He’s saying “you were right, I was wrong and I’m not afraid to tell it to the world”. Does he really have to say “Dear Wife…”??? Come on. I guess this is a good example of complex nuances within the English language. As he argues his interpretation, it becomes very clear that English isn’t his primary language.

    • Todd Davenport

      That’s ok,. Guys never get breast cancer, become dads or get sexually harassed either.

      • Elain Moria

        Men can and do get breast cancer. Not all that material covering your chest muscles is muscle, it’s “surprise surprise” virtually identical to the material found to be much more attractively shaped.. in women’s breasts.

        • Aerogenous

          He was being sarcastic Elain. And I am a redhead, I guess that’s why I knew that? Or maybe it’s my sarcasm gene.

          • Elain Moria

            *chuckles* Ok I admit I missed that. Normally I am swift on the uptake. I plead lack of enough coffee in my system 😉

          • CatoYounger

            Gorgeous, you can plead whatever you like!

          • wkb4447

            Your sarcasm is universally shared by all us redheads, but it’s not a separate gene. It’s located on the backside of the variant SNP known as R160W (see above). I’m just guessing, but I’d say your extension is “EE” making your full variant R160W0WEE.

    • naruwu

      Let our titian sisters have the spotlight. Because while our Sirens distract mankind, we continue to grow stronger in the shadows (or shade), gradually helming all of modern society’s pillars of business, becoming impervious to sedatives and spice-based weapons, our soul-eating magic powers peaking. The crimson tide is coming…

      • Katelyn Hunter

        Lol!!! Spice-based weapons. Lol.

        I’m a proud redhead myself, so I’m completely okay with the crimson tide coming. 😀

      • CatoYounger

        That was awesome!

    • whazupbro
      • Eric Heiss

        Whoo hoo! Okay it’s only 1 single article. and from just 6 months ago- but still, whoo hoo! 🙂

    • Eric Heiss

      Very good point Ian. (the discussion goes on (and on) about “well he meant to say this, and English isn’t his 1st language, and it is FOR his wife, and maybe he missed breakfast that morning…) – but what you, Ian, pointed out (about this very good article) is something that has become so common it is seen as the norm. And so much the norm that people will defend it to the enth degree simply so they do not feel that one time slight ‘discomfort’ of being mildly incorrect about something. Example: go to any ANY other blog, forum, website that talks about redheads having so many positives (higher sex drive, smarts, greats throughout history, great to marry one, sexyness, etc and the photo(s) shown will be of a lovely redhead female (which I adore) – but none of them, the point Ian made, will show a male. I have been working on a documentary about this for 4 years – I assure you it is correct. (for someone that is still not getting this; think of this: fantastic redhead males in history; Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Rob ‘Roy’ MacGregor, William Wallace (braveheart), Phillipe Petite (wire walker), Thor (okay that one is half legend), Mark Twain, Robyn Hood of Loxley, Charles Darwin, Galileo Galilei, etc…. the list goes on and on- every hollywood movie or tv movie made about them- they were made a blond or a brunette. The famous redhead females in History: the red hair stayed. (now is when we should think of how programming people works).

      • Ian

        I’ve never heard of any of those men being redheaded, one very famous person known to be a red head that you didn’t mention is Winston Churchill.

      • CatoYounger

        Well, personally, I’d think a guy writing about redhead men being attractive would be weird. He’s a guy, so he’s writing about women. Its pretty normal, don’t get your panties in such a bunch.

        • Eric Heiss

          “Personally”? Well then it must be true, especially to everyone. Can you not just type the word, ‘Gay’? And if you do not mean ‘gay’, what do you mean by ‘weird’? Someone states some Historical facts (of which we are told sort of the opposite on) – and mentions it/that – – and then the 1st quick/only thought you have on this is, “Uhm a male talking about males in History?- he is probably ga”’ uhm, weird.” You then make this worry of yours on ‘he is probably gay!’ pretty official by laying down, “he’s (meaning the original writer of the article- you should have prefaced that) writing about Women- it’s pretty normal”. And then you felt you had to tag with, “Don’t get your panties in a bunch.” (Genius wit Cato!) If the mere worry of someone being gay bothers you that much, AND coming from someone simply writing about people in History that happened to be Male (oh dear!) then you are obviously the one with his panties in a bunch. Post Script- I do not wear panties – – I wear silky shiny Pantyhose. 🙂

    • Accurite

      Get over it and put the pacifier back in your mouth

    • CatoYounger

      You’ll survive.

  • Laura Holst

    Technically MC1R is not the gene for redheads. MC1R is just the gene most associated for all hair color. It’s the VARIANT in that gene that causes red hair. So for example, my MC1R variant SNP is rs1805008, known as Arg160Trp or R160W. It’s the red hair gene most commonly found in Ireland and sometimes Iceland.

    • wkb4447

      That’s amazing. Those the same codes for my variant SNP…except the there is in “0W’ at the end of my R1060W. Unlike yours, mine is the red hair gene most commonly found in Reseda (Sourthern California) and Winslow (AZ). If your relatives are from Ireland or Iceland, shouldn’t your last name be McHoltz or Holtzdottir?

  • Maliaki Mike Fresener

    Well, as a redhead I find a few things here out of place. First of which is the whole “Scottish” thing. Scottish are where brownheads reign from. Redheads reign from IRELAND. Follow your genetics. Regarding needing more anesthetic, that’s what makes us come off as greater alcoholics. The truth is that it takes 30% more alcohol to get us to the same state of inebriation. As for being more confident and capable, you use a judgement of others opinions. You should ask more redheads because my brethren and I have been told we are inferior most of our lives and while female redheads may get inflated ego’s from the guys, male redheads get picked on growing up MUCH more then the others (especially in the locker room). Lastly, regarding the “magical powers”,well, I’m not giving ALL of our secrets away lest we get burned at the stake again!

    • Greg

      Utter nonsense – Scotland has the highest percentage of Redheads in the world. Most Irish with red hair have Scots ancestry.

    • lark07

      My nickname was carrot top all my life, relatives still call me that. I’m Irish-English-welsh/and other half German. Redheads on both sides.

    • Jenn Wilson Evans

      not completely true, i am a natural redhead and 99% of my family were and are all scottish no one in my family is irish!!

      • wkb4447

        Irish, Scots – It doesn’t make much difference because so many of the natives of Ireland and Britain were overrun by the Vikings (Norsemen), and nearly half of all of them were redheads. Eric the Red (real estate agent) only got a few to move to Iceland and, his greatest deception, Greenland. The rest stayed closer to their native lands, but emigrated for good when they found out how much warmer their wool sweaters made them in the more southern isles.

        • 50 Cal

          My ancestors came from Sweden and there are many redheads in my family. As far as I know no Irish or Scots! Some German! I am old and grey now but when younger my hair was brown, my eyes hazel, and my beard was red! So there you go!

        • Its true, red hair seems to have come from Scandanavia and was emigrated and locked in at the isles as many recessive gene traits tend to do, become more pronounced in islands or remote geographical locations.

    • Dusti McLain

      Actually, while the Scottish originally hailed from Ireland, 13% of the population of Scotland is redheaded whereas 10% of Ireland’s is. I’m sure my husband would agree with you about redheaded guys getting picked on, though. He had bright red hair as a kid and got in more than a few fights after someone started running his mouth.

      • Greg

        The Scots didn’t originally hail from Ireland. Scots (and I am one) are a mixture of many tribes and waves of people, as is everyone across the whole of the UK and Europe. It’s far too simplistic and wrong to say that. Hundreds of thousands of Scots also moved to Ireland hundreds of years ago – Scots/Irish. Lots also emigrated abroad afterwards.

        • Dusti McLain
          • Greg

            Did you actually read that article that you posted the link to? The link is saying exactly as I said, that it’s complicated. Of course some Scots have origins in Ireland and further back in Spain as was confirmed in that link. Some Irish have origins from Scotland. It’s complicated. Your original post was that Scots come from Ireland, which is a wrong statement to make.

          • wkb4447

            What about the Picts? Nobody ever mentions the fierce tribe of northern Brittania called the Picts. The Romans could never defeat them. Hadrian had to build a wall to hold them back! (They must have been redheads – the Picts, I mean. Not the Romans.)

    • wkb4447

      RE: Magic powers
      Don’t forget “Lucky” the Leprechaun, the red head (from Ireland, not Scotland) that turned Cheerios into something “magically delicious”!

    • Rob Brown

      Actually there are red haired people from many nations. Scotland is just known for having the highest percentage (10%). Many Irish and Scottish can trace their hair color from Scandinavian origins.

      • Rob Brown

        I’ve met red haired Spanish and Portuguese.

    • you know as a redhead, I also love redheaded guys! But you know why I never went for it? Because the redheaded couples who were together were constantly asked by others, “are you related?” SO %$#$% annoying. In fact if I hang out with any other redhead we get asked that. Look at our faces, besides red hair HOW do we look alike exactly? Should I be asking all people of brown hair that, “ooo are you guys all related?” rubbish

  • Pyewacket

    For another point not covered, a true blonde and a true burnette will create a red-haired child.This is a fact that I know to be true, as that is how my fahter became the first red-head in our family. He in turn had 2 red-haired daughters, by two different mothers. One is a dark auburn haired red-head. the other daughter is a reddish blonde. The Auburn daughter, in yurn, has two red -headed children of her own, a daughter and a son. So that being said, unless true blondes and true burnettes go extinct, there will always be red heads.

    • Adrienne Smart

      Its not as simple as mixing paint. To have a red headed child both parents must possess the gene (not every blonde and brunette will carry this red head gene) and the further back in generations red heads show up the least likely parents actually carry the gene. I am a brunette and my husband is a brunette. We have a child with black hair, one with blonde and one with red hair. My husbands mother and one sister have red hair….therefore he most likely carries the gene. My grandmother and her sisters, red hair also runs in my fathers side but further back, so I had about a 25-50% chance of carrying this gene..So when both parents carry the gene there is still a lower chance of producing a redhead.

    • Kell Sullins

      Generally speaking, this is not how genetics works (as far as a bachelor’s degree in environmental science qualifies me to say that). For one, you would have a tough time proving that your parents are a “TRUE” blonde or brunette (also called a homozygous genotype), versus the a dominant/recessive blonde or brunette with some red thrown in (or heterozygous genotype). As the nature of recessive traits would cause them to look exactly the same, even in a “true breeding” pair where multiple children came out with the dominant hair color, a recessive gene could remain hidden. Red hair ONLY shows up if both parents have the recessive gene to pass on, and so the gene would rarely represent itself in the children (hence your father was the only one). And the children’s mothers both must have had at least a recessive gene for red hair, though with your father’s two recessive genes the likelihood of red haired children grew (as they are guaranteed at least one copy of the gene). Theoretically I suppose it could be possible for a slight mutation to occur that would allow your father’s parents to not have the recessive genes, and then the hair colored genes passed on would both have had to mutate into the recessive genes, but that is incredibly rare and unlikely (not like lottery unlikely, more like correctly guessing where the needle in the haystack is on the first try). In fact, if you are CERTAIN that your grandfather had a genetic test that revealed he carried no recessive red gene, you would be much more likely to find that the milk man did.

    • MissPlainJane

      I am a brunette and my husband is blonde (he has a red beard, though). We have 4 kids, two blondes, two redheads. both parents have to carry the recessive gene for red hair (as many people with European ancestry have). We both have family members with red hair, so we knew it was a possibility, but we were surprised that we ended up with more than one!

      • Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads

        Me parents, also a blonde and brunette, had 3 kids. One blonde and two redheads. I have so far had one redhead and one undetermined because he hasn’t enough hair. We think he may be a strawberry blonde though. My husband is a brunette, with a red beard. I’m just completely red.

    • Tiffany Campbell

      No sorry your wrong! There has to be a red head down your family line…… It can go generations !!

    • jason murray

      that’s not how it works.The parents both carry the redhead gene, if you’ve ever noticed a black haired man with a ginger beard its a sign that his family all carry the recessive red hair gene, duh!!!

  • Robert Zendejas

    I love my red.
    Of the total almost 21 years,
    the last 7 have been pure unmitigated hell.

    I will always love her though.

    Hafta find a younger one now.

    • LeeToo

      enjoy the single life, robert.

    • we are colored more brilliantly for a reason, friend 😀

  • Penny Wilson

    I approve this message.

  • Adrienne Smart

    Funny thing is my brother has brown hair, black eye brows and red facial hair LOL

    • jason murray

      your brother carries the recessive red hair gene. that’s why the red facial hair

    • AJ

      Professor Xavier would like a word with your brother.

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  • ripov

    i say we get them before they get us. whos with me?

    • wkb4447

      Aye, I’m right behind ya.

  • frank robertson

    Happily married to a redhead for twenty years.

  • Eric Bellmore

    Any scientific data to back this claim?

    • 1234FIF

      The sun makes this claim of being superior false. If you can’t stand in the sun for long periods of time with out protect how can this be true? Seeing as you need the sun.

  • Eric Bellmore

    Hey me too… i have chestnut brown hair thats slowly goin black and grey lol and i have black and red and blomde in my beard… black brows

  • There is a plausible biological reason explaining why red-heads are more cerebral than the general population. See All About Redheads for the story.

    • Oleg Vasertriger

      Theres is a lot of truth to the story. Im a ging and ive always been made fun of for it even to this day by friends. I recently read a great book that talks about these issues and more. Its called RED: a history of the redhead. I highly suggest it! It taught me so much about our shared history that was a complete shock and pleasent honor.

  • Domeas Demarest

    I have said it before, and I’ll say it again, having red hair is a visual manifestation of being anointed by god.

    • wkb4447

      God (or “the gods”). You have to choose.

    • mshmsucks

      Don’t forget freckles.. either angel kisses or the souls of the damned..

    • Chief Presiding Judge

      God wouldn’t give someone recessive genes and weakness to pain.

      • yeah I dont get that weakness to pain, as a redhead I seem to have a higher pain tolerance than my friends. In fact I find myself surprised when they complain about things being painful that I find merely annoying.

  • pippitypup

    I notice he left out the most salient point:
    red hair comes from our Neanderthal ancestors.

    So in addition to being stronger, bigger brained, and bigger-eyed than H sapiens sapiens, we can now add pain resistant.

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  • Mark A. Penick

    Evolution? That makes me laugh.

  • MadHattie

    One day I will find a guy with curly red hair, but they sure don’t seem to exist in my area.

    • Aerogenous

      My Uncle Dale had curly red hair and my oldest son has curly red hair. They are out there : )

    • Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads

      My brother has curly red hair. Lol

  • dave

    rh negative……

    • Aerogenous

      My father had BRIGHT red hair, a true carrot top. My sister and I have auburn hair, about like an Irish Setter. Moms was chestnut with red highlights but she had a brother with bright red hair. Out of my family of 4, my father and I are rh negative, type O. Not sure what my sister is though.

  • Denise Lawrence-Kenney

    My daughter sent me this article since I am an auburn redhead and her mother. I am the only redhead in this generation of my family. My dad’s mom, my grandmother, had the auburn red hair so, out of 14 kids and 56 grandkids, I got grandma’s hair. Neither of my kiddos got it although my son’s beard and sideburns are red. I like it now but, hated it growing up.

  • lark07

    I agree with the article. I’m redheaded and very difficult to put under during surgery or dentist visits. Both of my parents are brunettes with a previous generation of redheads on both sides. Hated the carrot top references as a kid, but I love my hair now as I see a lot of women dyeing theirs red

    • wkb4447

      I never got the carrot-top thing. Carrot tops are green.

      • Aidan

        th “top part is refering to the hair not to the carrot”

  • Porst

    If redheads are more susceptible to cold temperatures, why are all the places with high ginger populations cold? (Scotland, Scandinavia, etc)

    • Aerogenous

      Don’t know, but I am a redhead and in that time of life where getting hot should be an issue yet I am ALWAYS cold!

    • BB

      Not sure but that sure as hell explains why redheads (Scots / Irish) drink so much.

    • wkb4447

      Oh, come on, you guys…you know the answer to this one. It is precisely BECAUSE we come from the north countries that we are cold all the time. Who do you think invented wool sweaters? We are also melanin-challenged such that we would never have survived in tropical climates and would all have died of sunburn and skin cancers. God never told us about moving south to get warmer because He knew that would happen, so we just stayed put where he placed us.

  • Leigh

    Very interesting about pain meds. As a blonde and a mother to blonde kids, I have experienced a sensitivity to pain meds and often have had reactions. Doctors often tell me that blondes tend to require less amounts of meds. It mades me wonder why we have a one size all for vaccines. Fun article!

  • Holly Van De Bogart

    I’m a natural redhead in which my father’s mother, father, mother’s father, and my mother are all redheads, as far as the feeling a different kind of pain, I can’t say to much because I really don’t know how it feels for non redheads, however when I was pregnant with my son, my doctor stated that redheads will tend to bleed more (and thats not just in childbirth).

  • There are sites relating the red hair to a variety of things. IQ. Blood type, particularly Rh-. You kind of have to be obsessed with it to bother, though, and I am. My redhead board on Pinterest is amazing.

  • Mrs. Green

    Do any of my fellow red heads have the ability to thin metal of any kind when wearing it for prolonged periods? Not so much stainless steal but gold silver and platinum. I can also kill a watch batterie in 4 days, I now wear a solar watch and have no more problems. I had a friend tell me it is because redheads have lots of coper in their systems. Anyone know the real reason?

    • wkb4447

      No. I doubt that copper has anything to do with it. But, we are magical. I have a red haired friend that freaks out computers. Really. It’s gets electronically weird when he comes into the office.

  • Abroader Perspective

    BAD GRAMMAR The sentence: the men didn’t approach the women because they found them less attractive – which means they wouldn’t go near them because they didn’t think they were as attractive as dark haired or blonde women. The sentence should have been written: the men didn’t approach the women because they didn’t find them less attractive. or They didn’t approach the women because they found them more attractive and were scared of rejection.

    • wkb4447

      Red head, right?

      • naw, red heads are fiesty, not OCD-y

  • Abroader Perspective

    A lot of this is rubbish. My son, when he was 12, had root canal treatment without any injection. He sat in a chair while i sat behind him and he only winced once – root canal. The nerve was taken out right infront of him and shown to him! He has red hair. He must have a massively high pain threshhold. Also, many of the traits spoken of above must also be found in the parents because to have red hair BOTH parents must have the recessive gene. I don’t believe half of this article. I do however think redheads are more sensitive people, generally, which goes to explain their fiery reputation.

    • RedMagnolia

      A bit jealous are you?

    • wkb4447

      Not rubbish. Your son simply has the same gene variant (see first reply, above) that my wife and daughter have. (By the way, I’m redhaired, my wife is redhaired, and we had three redhaired children. When we all went to the grocery store many years ago, one lady called us the Sparkle Farkle family.) But, I digress. My wife is incredibly strong-willed and has a very high pain tolerance as does one of my daughters. I, however, am a complete wus and so is my other daughter. So, redheads can be one or the other. It’s one of your known facts, clearly backed up by recent research. Really.

  • coldshot1723 .

    You don’t know what it does to me
    My crimson sin intensity
    I’m haunted by the mystery
    The mystery of red

    Knocks ’em dead
    Some like it hot, I like it Red
    – Sammy Hagar

  • martha dickman

    Well, being a redhead personally I feel it is pleasant to read something positive..growing up being the only redhead in my class was HELL,, so much bullying.. not to mention my last name did not help matters, and I had two different colored eyes..pure hell! People are assholes…. tell u the truth, the bullying really destroyed my gentle little soul back then.. screw those people right? Now i have learned to embrace my red hair,even my last name and mismatched eyes.. yes , i still find men do not approach me , maybe they think i will steal their soul , who knows.. if it’s because of me having red hair, well thats just silly..okay, sorry got long winded there.. but appreciated the positive article, you probably would to if you were a ginger dahhhhlinggg ♡

    • wkb4447

      Love the mismatched eyes with red hair thing. I was in a small town in Mexico a long time ago and passed by an aged lady with a shawl over her head. As we passed she made eye-contact with me, genuflected (is that a word?), and kissed the cross around her neck. I asked my native Mexican friend what that was all about and he said that I would be considered by some as “bad luck” because of my red hair. He also said that redheads have a pejorative nickname in Mexico: cerillo. It means “match-head”.

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  • Savannah Pryor

    Um, redheads have a HIGHER pain tolerance, which in turn means it takes more to sedate. We’re not wusses at all.

    • AJ

      So you’re saying redheads can take a punch? I gotta tell my wife this. Of course, she’ll probably say “hit me and my dad will murder you.”

      • wkb4447

        Because he’s probably a red head, too.

      • Karen Pierce

        LOLOLOL that was great!!! 🙂

    • Eric Heiss

      Thank you Savannah. I have been studying this for well over a decade, (I am a redhead) and also have been writing a documentary film on such (studying almost every day) – so as soon as I read this article – boom * that part gets reported wrong (mixed-up / explained backwards / one part mixed-up) so many times. Far more times than not – – – I was hoping someone would catch it. The article is great aside from that one mis-take. Thank you again -*************** HOPEFULLY IT GETS CORRECTED WITHIN THE ARTICLE. ******************
      – – If any other redheads are reading this, note that William Wallace (‘braveheart’), Robyn of Loxely (Robyn Hood), Rob ‘Roy’ MacGregor, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Galileo, Mark Twain, …. all noted redheads, and all shown as NON-redheads by Hollywood / American media. – Eric

      • Eric Heiss

        (If you can not see what Savannah typed…. “redheads have a HIGHER pain tolerance, (the article wrote the opposite) which in turn means it takes more to sedate. We’re not wusses at all.” )

      • true. and among females who pose as redheads as models (and in this article) they are often dyed redheads, not the real deal.

    • Rob Brown

      Requiring more anesthetic to do the job simply implies that red haired people are more resistant to chemical influence on our systems. That includes drugs and poisons. It appears to be a distinct advantage. It could be why many red haired people have a reputation for high alcohol tolerance.

      • Chief Presiding Judge

        This is incorrect. Redheads require more drugs not because they’re resistant to drugs, but because they’re sensitive to pain.

        • CatoYounger

          And pleasure…

      • Bruce Keller

        I agree. They do drink a lot and it’s because they get rid of it quick. I’m not redheaded except a small patch in my beard, but I like to think some of the Irish from my mother’s side was because of the tolerance to all drugs and no hangovers(well almost) etc. When I broke my arm a few years ago, I was popping 4 Vicoprofens every 4 hours, and I hadn’t had any opiates before that! I felt really nice, but not zonked or anything.

      • CatoYounger

        Actually, its more liked redheads are more physicially sensitive, which would give credence to the myth? they are more sensual and sexual – which I have found to be true in my experience.

  • This isn’t news in my family but it’s nice to see the rest of the world, or at least Vince, figure it out.

  • Erin Coleman

    There was someone else I recall who in recent history expounded on the genetic superiority of certain groups. I think his name was Adolf Hitler.

  • Blueray Darkes

    I’m a dark blonde with natural red highlights, my boyfriend can grow a red beard despite brown hair on his head. I guess that means we both carry the recessive red head gene, my mum was a red head in her younger days before going brunette. As for sedatives… This explains why I need more and more stronger painkillers to kill a headache.

    • wkb4447

      If you marry and have kids, you may have all redheads. My wife and I are both redheads and we did. They say that if the couple both have the recessive gene, the children are very likely to all have red hair. Sorry about the headaches. I can relate.

      • Blueray Darkes

        My mum told me once that redheads skip a generation, there is definantly a lot of red head gene on my mum’s side of the family. I would possibly end up with red headed children. Headaches are terrible, migraines are worse.

  • Valerian

    Redheads are not genetically ‘superior’. They are simply genetically different. Over and above that, after being around for more than six decades, observationally I have discovered that redheaded women are socially toxic people, argumentative, controlling, unstable etc. Never ever met one that hasn’t had problems, or known of anyone who has. Just life observations.

    • Mrs BMD

      Wow, sounds like you have met a total of ONE redhaired woman. And she probably dumped your cantankerous backside. I have met dozens of redheads, am related to several, and am a redhaired woman myself. Not one of us is “mentally instable”, “socially toxic” (what does that even mean?), or “controlling.” Those aren’t “just life observations” on your part–it’s ridiculously invalid sterotyping.

      • wkb4447

        However, “Valerian” could have simply had the bad luck of only coming in contact with those more sensitive redheads who find it very difficult to live in such a cantankerous world. Redheads like to live in environments that are the way living environments SHOULD be, ergo sum, our current culture is foreign to them.

      • Valerian

        I’m happy that you’re comfortable amongst yourselves. Observations are not invalid, and you’ve pretty much proved my point. Thanks.

        • Chief Presiding Judge

          Your point is an anecdote and thus isn’t valid. No one proved your point because you don’t have one.

    • Show me the population of people who don’t “have problems”. Thin edge you are on, mate.

  • Aaron

    Red on top -> Fire in the hole.

  • David J Michel Jr.

    I am a left handed red head,I am 55 and yet I can still do 30 pull ups.I looked like I lifted weights when I was 15 .my sport is MMA. my daughters hair was red now its getting dark,she was a very good at sports,she is much smarter than I will say red is better than most ,and if you argue with me I will steal your soul. that’s another fable about red heads we steal souls.

    • wkb4447

      Whoa…I didn’t know that. Thanks for the tip.

  • AJ Von Darcia

    It’s most likely SLIGHTLY biased here, for the lads wife. No biggie- Cute, even.
    Alas, I must rant. Imagine a poor blond boy reading this? Red haired women are supposed to be better than him? Now the kid has an inferiority complex! What about a brown haired girl? Now all her red headed friends will always be smarter and prettier, and she’ll never get a date? I think not! Let’s spread articles about how we are all brilliant and lovely and how hair is just f*cking hair, instead of how someone is better than another person. We kinda already have enough of that cruelty in our society. Equality cake for everyone!!!
    Just saying.
    When you tell the public one hair color, or one skin color, or one gender is superior to all the rest… you sort of start this thing called discrimination, and ignorance, which leads to segregation, and alienation, and hey!- One time there was even SLAVERY involved. Dramatic? Yes, yes it is! But so is history. *Snaps fingers in ‘Z’ formation**Drops mic*

  • Garren Gaz Kelly

    All I ask for in life is to meet a redheaded woman and become my wife. Haha #TrueStory

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  • asYouWish

    I don’t take this too seriously, but it made me smile. I am a redhead from a long line of reds with a mix of browns and blonds. While I am a redhead and my husband has brown hair, our kids have (in order) blond, brown and red hair! The blond was born with strawberry hair but it went lighter and was blond as can be by a year. The redhead is also left handed.

    I can attest to the pain (both tolerance and need for extra doses of pain killer) as well as sensitivity to cold. I have two blond siblings and a redheaded brother. He and I are far more assertive than the blonds. We did very well in school, we are outspoken and ambitious. The blonds “fit in” and were more normal while we redheads were always trying new things. I don’t think we are more intelligent than other hair colors though.

    There is no way we are going extinct – in fact I think there are more and more over the years because I think men are highly attracted to redheaded women. I’m a teacher and I see a few redheads every year.

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  • wkb4447

    Yeah, that’s common. When redheads age, the ginger-orange seems to only be visible as faint highlights in the brown, if that. Aged redheads are more likely to go white than gray. I loved my paternal grandfather’s white hair and beard. Very cool.

  • wkb4447

    Aye, lass, but you’d best be careful. It’s not when you’re young that you’ll see that much damage. Later in life, you’ll become melanin-challenged and you may start seeing little scruffy red or white spots. I hope you don’t. I tanned as a laddy, freckles and all. I’ve had several pre-cancerous lesions removed in the past five years.

  • wkb4447

    OK, ok…it’s time this came out. We redheads are descended from the same people that make the crop circles.

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  • ksoileau

    I think this article really shows that timid men marry redheads and are thoroughly henpecked.

  • roddy6667

    How many Asians were in this study? How much if was done in China?

  • Garrett K

    Todd’s words were sarcastic 🙂

  • Guest

    Gee, I might be able to actually READ THE ARTICLE if it weren’t for all the tabs blocking the left part of my screen. Guess I can scratch this site off my list and NEVER return. If you want followers, then make a site that works. Too bad there’s no ‘hate it’ button I can click.

  • Aside from the attractiveness study, which there could easily be a male counterpart study, most of the article here is applicable to both men and women, so stop shouting about “what about the men” !

  • Boisenoise

    Maybe having been oft-bullied in their youth is the actual reason why they end up as tough CEOs!

  • tahiti 5000

    …..but they have no souls.

  • MrBiIIGoode .

    This article contains alot of talk and wishfull thinking but does not provide the credible peer reviewed journal sources with the empirical data to support most of its assertions.

    The one real genetic advantage that redheads have, that wasn’t mentioned in this article, is the fact that they have a higher pain threshold and tolerance. This would be very handy for them each time they look in the mirror.

  • wkb4447

    I’m not sure how I feel about being referred to as “ginger”. Only heard that over the last several years, maybe longer, discovered reference on a Miami CSI TV Promo

  • Hush

    Experiencing pain and cold differently explains why I could tolerate things like broken ribs and dry sockets without pain killers but when I get a fever I feel like I am *dying* and pretty much whine incessantly. It feels like someone is gripping my muscles and crushing them. Horrid fevers. I also cannot tolerate being manipulated by a chiropractor, at all.

    My dentist actually got into the habit of giving me “too much Novocaine” and waiting 15 minutes before doing anything and giving me more and waiting a bit longer because I have such a tolerance to the stuff. He used to say “you can’t possibly feel that” and I’d get mad at him for saying it so he just gave up and numbs me til my eyebrows are numb. That usually actually does it. Also I have woken up during surgeries a couple of different times and I remember even though we are supposed to be given drugs to “not remember”. Genetic high tolerance to pain drugs explains it!

    I wonder if red-headed genes are associated with a tendency for hypoglycemia not associated with diabetes? My dad, daughter, and I are all the same color of red-heads (strawberry blonde in our youth turning to more strawberry streaks and copper in adulthood) and we all get hangry and can become sluggish and irrational. I would think that is maladaptive genetically, becoming hypoglycemic like that. I bet my hangry sort would be weeded out in a less food rich environment.

  • Tru

    Stop this stupid racist Article! No one is superior to anyone!
    All are equal. Its the environment in which they grow-up that matters more.

  • Elizabeth Sifuentes

    here come all the butthurt brunetts

  • fanofcleonjones

    Bad science. But it makes for fun reading, which is, afterall, the point.

  • Steve Baker

    Not having a soul is advantageous to reds also. We can do whatever we want and not worry about an eternity in hell, where 99.99999999% of the rest of you non reds are going.

  • brett

    they’re still fun to pick on.

  • Chief Presiding Judge

    This article is absolute garbage. Nothing against redheads but hell no, this bs doesnt make them “genetically superior”. Recessive is recessive for a reason. Redheads feel more pain, die under the sun, etc.

  • as a natural red head who lived in san diego my whole life, that is untrue. I can tan some but at some point even with sunblock my skin will start to become a rash, it while not burning, just cannot take any more UV there is no “immunity” there is a genetic limit and once its hit, its hit

  • wkb4447

    Oh, for heaven’s sake. We’re all just having fun. As redheads, we’ve all been through the early childhood trauma of sarcasm, mild discrimination (mostly negative), and jokes about us. No one really thinks they’re superior because they are redheads. OK, maybe a few do….

  • asYouWish

    Yes, we do.

  • Cheryl

    I read somewhere that redheads don’t go grey, they typically go light blonde, silver or white. And do they typically look younger then they are?

  • Karen Pierce

    I am a “Ginger” too. It seems to skip generations in our family because my mom, dad and brothers are all sandy blond (more brown in their older age). My niece and grand niece are reds too. My sons father was a red and my son is one. This is an interesting anomaly. I can only remember maybe two other relatives that were reds as well. I have noticed as I am getting older my hair color is getting darker…like a brownish red but the light skin and freckles are still a dead give away 🙂

  • Karen Pierce

    Yes!!!! I have noticed this as well..

  • Stan Kulp

    My Dad told me he had one uncle who had red hair. Other than that, none of my relatives had red hair on either side of the family. Two of my four kids have red hair. Recessive genes can skip a lot of generations but still be there.

  • fractalsphere

    I married a redhead and I can confirm the temperamental part, at least. 😉

  • Lightbringer

    My husband sent me this article as he has always told me that redheads rock! But my hair is now white (a very, very light shade of red?) and our kids all have brown hair. The grandkids? So far, brownies, but their other grandmother is also a redhead, so who knows? And we’d still love ’em if they were as bald as eggs.

  • John Wick

    wow, this article is pure tripe

  • nuB

    This article is nonsense, I apologize if I offend anyone by stating this.
    Please do not take anything from it, it is misinformation produced by a very confused and ignorant person.

    Having red hair, is perfectly healthy and normal.

  • LaDonna Coonce Speth

    It is a fact that legends throughout the world telling of encounters with ancient space travelers who visited our planet, and bred with women here described the advanced race as having red hair and fair skin.

  • Fili PX

    Now change hair color to skin color. And you’ll be called racist. Haha.

  • Gildmirth

    Despite precognition that I’m be roundly pilloried, I must observe that I think it is odd to assert the supremacy of redheads when they’ve been defeated and driven out of so many places.

  • John

    The whole dominant/recessive gene thing has always puzzled me. My mother has blonde hair and green eyes, while my father has brown hair and green eyes. Brown/Brown should dominate the Blonde/Green, but it didn’t in my case, nor my sister’s. Also, my older son has red hair and green eyes. I am, as I mentioned blonde/green, while my wife is brown/blue. It just kind of popped up. My side of the family does have a red streak, though; I have aunts and great grandparents with red hair

  • Athena22

    Auburn hair with green eyes, here. I can attest to freakishly high pain tolerance, highly abnormal reactions to medication and a St. Bernard’s olifactory powers.

  • SparklyUnicorn

    Thanks for the giggle.

  • CatoYounger

    Yeah, those Arab Muslims are to die for….literally.

  • WholeParenting

    As the daughter of a redhead, the wife of a redhead and the grandmother of three redheads (it skipped a generation, though we did have one who was strawberry blonde for a while), I can say that everything here makes sense!