The advantages of being ginger

Rhian Lubin

Gingers have a tough time. But it’s not all that bad.

Ranga, Ginger-pubes, Ginger-minger, Carrot, Rhiangutan (a personal fav), tampon-head…the list of insults that I have been subjected to over the years is never ending.

Life can be hard for the ginger people and there is still the odd case of serious abuse. Gingers are still tormented, but it’s not as bad as it used to be.

In the 15th century I would have been burnt at the stake for being a witch or hunted down for my pale skin, which was believed to be a trait of the vampire.

Bit harsh if you ask me

Bit harsh if you ask me

Sometimes it feels as though the witch hunt is far from over, but instead of trying to disguise my fiery head in a shade of blonde or brunette, I deal with my Ginger ‘disease’ by embracing it. You can beat the bullies if you stay ginger and proud.

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Here are some reasons why I love being ginger.

I don’t have to bleach my upper lip

I may not have glossy, tumbling brunette locks that fall perfectly over my boobs, but at least I don’t have a ‘tash.

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Nice tash

We’re a rare breed

The gingers are dying out. It’s true. Only 4% of the world’s population are redheaded and I am proud to be part of this exclusive group. In the near future my people will probably become extinct, so if you think about it, I am as legendary as the DoDo, or a dinosaur.

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My friends can always spot me from afar 

My glowing white skin and my bright hair make me impossible to miss- I am instantly recognisable. There’s no awkwardness with the person waving at you in the distance, it is definitely me.

The health benefits

Amongst other insults thrown my way, I’ve also acquired the name ‘Shade-Gremlin’ because I tend to avoid the sun. I don’t tan, because I can’t. I have to wear factor 50+ even in England, but I don’t care because I have a smaller chance of getting skin cancer. Every cloud…

What I had to take away with me last summer

What I had to take away with me last summer

Gingers Unite

Ginger people do actually unite altogether. If I walk past a fellow ginger, I either think to myself ‘that person is also ginger’, or I give them a nod in ginger solidarity. We acknowledge one another with silent approval and understanding.

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Gingers of the world unite!

 Ginger role models

Florence Welch, Ginger Spice, Ron Weasley, Ann Robinson, Lindsay Lohan (think of the Parent Trap and the Mean Girls days), Lily Cole, Axl Rose, David Bowie, Prince Harry. The list goes on. Like them or not, they’re all more influential and more powerful than you.

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I mean, would you wanna mess with the Celtic warrior Boudicca? I think not.

Boudicca, you go girl!

Boudicca- you go girl!

My overall message to my fellow gingers is to hang on in there and embrace your ginger genes. To all the non-gingers out there, stop asking me what colour my pubic hair is.

  • Devil’s Advocate

    …but your pubic hair’s ginger, right?

    • Rhian Lubin

      no, it’s purple

      • Matt Taylor

        I can confirm that Rhian Lubin has ginger pubes

        • Rhian Lubin


  • Margot

    I love your article :) (from a proud ginger girl!)

  • Anonymous

    My role model is Cintia Dicker, she’s amazing! :)

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  • Emma

    This just made my day, well done girl!

  • Barry

    The revolution could be televised, it will certainly be pale skinned, freckled and coming to a city near you soon. :)

  • Purpleshade

    I’m not quite sure what all the recent fuss is about. I’ve been ginger for 63 years and I’ve not been teased over it, neither has my daughter as far as I know. Mostly I find people (especially men) are very admiring of my ginger locks so much so that I colour it even brighter now that I have some white showing, (yes gingers tend to go white not grey). I do have to be careful of the sun…very careful as I live in one of the sunniest inhabited places in the world that is, Western Australia. OTHER ADVANTAGES… Very little and very fair arm and leg hair, clear skin that needs little attention and is not prone to acne, people remember me

  • Micky Stirrups

    as a fellow ginger kudos for the article. I wouldn’t mind the (frequent) jokes I get if any of them were any good. I have only heard one good ginger joke and it was one my dad told me (a fellow ginger). He said tell that joke to people and they’ll see that calling you carrot top ain’t having no effect whatsoever on you. It is really offensive tho so I won’t put it on here! To any adolescent male reading this article – don’t give up hope. Whilst some women like tall men, or well built men, or rich men, I have found that there is a population of women in the country that love a bit of ginger. Stay strong, brothers!

  • Emma

    I think it means we’re more likely to get skin cancer

    • Katie

      If you avoid the sun and stay in the shade, no it doesn’t!

      • Tom Jones

        Then it’s just rickets and osteomalacia to contend with instead…

  • Lee

    We aren’t going extinct. The percentage of gingers hasn’t changed significantly since ancient Rome..

  • Anonymous

    You are hot. I would.

  • Anonymous

    This article is fab, makes me laugh everytime, so so true!!

  • Ol

    I am ginger and I hate myself for it. Several times I’ve tried to end it all. I just don’t want to live like this. Tonight I’m going to finish it I just can’t face another day