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VALID REASON. On a lighter note, I'm dating a beautiful reddish blondish hair colored girl. Annnnnd my celeb crush is Emma Watson, and she has reddish-brownish hair. So I think girls with red hair, unless it has like knots in it or something, are beautiful. :D.
I never thought of Emma Watson as a ginger - but maybe that's because she's always standing next to Rupert Grint? OP, people can be bastards when it comes to red hair. Apparently it's okay to bully us because we're not a race (my high school's official line on the issue). You learn to ignore it, eventually. And you were always too good for your fuckwit boyfriend, if he dumped you for that. If he's getting shit for dating you, I can imagine now much crap you're getting - he should've seen that too, and stood up for you. I'm sorry he was a waste of space; you'll find someone better. :)
Are you kidding me, No. 173? Your school only protects victims of racial bullying but everyone else is on their own? Horrible. One of the problems with bullying in schools is that administrators and teachers tend to side with the bullies. They think being bullied is a self-inflicted wound, that the victims are asking for it by the way they look/dress/act/speak or whatnot and if they'd just shape up and be like everyone else, the bullying will stop on its own. To them, bullying is how the 'normal' kids force the 'freaks' to conform. They don't understand that often the source of the victim's non-conformity is beyond their control (in your case, red hair, what on earth could you do about that?). And even if the victim tries to conform, often the dye is already cast and the attacks continue anyway. When I was in elementary school I was transferred to another school for one year. Everyone picked on me. No adult lifted a finger to help me and my classroom teacher actually aided and abetted the bullies. I didn't see any of those people again until high school, when they all picked up right where they left off. I bet if I asked those people why they were attacking me, they wouldn't even remember. Bullying me had simply become habitual. I am very sorry to see that little has changed and that Columbine has taught these blowhards nothing.
@189, ginger hair and freckles are caused by separate genes. You can have one, or both, or neither - but you can't claim someone isn't a 'real ginger' because they aren't also freckled. That's like saying someone isn't really blonde if they don't also have blue eyes. I've had gravel thrown in my face by strangers on the basis of my hair colour; freckles or not, I think that makes me eligible to whine about being ginger on the internet. @215, I wish I was kidding. The school's in special measures now though, so apparently someone higher up the chain noticed the bullshit :P The whole 'good bullying' thing really frustrates me. If someone has terrible hygiene, or is morbidly obese, don't you think they've noticed already? Calling them names isn't going to help them, they aren't suddenly going to realise, 'shit, I'm not healthy! Thank god the kid across the street yelled swear words at me and opened my eyes!' - bullying is only ever going to make things worse. God knows I comfort ate all through high school; I was just lucky my metabolism could keep up, or I'd have added 'beached whale' to my list of social crimes.
@251, don't. :) It was a shitty few years but (despite appearances) it doesn't bother me any more. It's worth bringing up sometimes because when I was there, and nobody was taking it seriously, I thought I was the only person getting this hassle and I'd have liked to have someone else tell me that I wasn't alone. But things are good now, I'm happy, and all the girls in high school who used to give me shit for my hair have now dyed theirs crappy fake red. Feels good, man :P @258, you're a shining wit. Have you heard 'Prejudice' by Tim Minchin?
Ginger! You could have died your hair silly