Blonde Jokes

Blonde Jokes
 
 
I love jokes on Blondes.However,I have always been wondering as to why blondes are butt of jokes.So I researched a little and here is what I found out :
 
Blonde stereotype (From Wikipedia)

The blonde stereotype, the stereotype perception of blond-haired women, has two aspects. On one hand, over the history, blond hair in women has been considered attractive and desirable. On the other hand, a blond woman is often perceived as making little use of intelligence, a “woman who relied rather on her looks rather than on intelligence”.
The dumb blonde is a popular culture derogatory stereotype  applied to portraying them as beautiful, sexy, and dumb. This stereotype is used in blonde jokes. A related derogatory stereotype is “bimbo”, an attractive but unintelligent woman regardless of hair color.
Origins:Like many popular-culture stereotypes, the origins of this concept are murky. The 1925 Anita Loos novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady (later used as source for a film by the same name made by Howard Hawks and starring Marilyn Monroe) featured the character Lorelei Lee, a beautiful but empty-headed singer. While some look to this as the source for the concept, in fact, it might be far older.Some have suggested that, because Caucasian babies are often born with at least a touch of blonde hair, an association has arisen tying those having fair hair with childhood and youth (and the accompanying proclivities toward naïvité and/or innocence). Also, as blonde hair is often associated with physical attractiveness and youth, some argue that those around blondes may have a tendency to admire or fawn over them, encouraging some to behave in a child-like manner (consciously or not) in order to gain attention and affection.Late Roman writers who described depreciatively the Barbarian peoples from Northern Europe mention, among other actually negative qualities, also their blonde hair.In Medieval Europe, the upper classes tended to be darker haired than the peasantry, likely due to the period tendency to marry within one’s own class and the fact that lower class people were far more exposed to sunlight. Blonde hair was, at this time, often associated with commoners, who were ostensibly deemed less intelligent. Puritans, associating makeup and the dyeing of hair with prostitution, forbade the dyeing or bleaching of hair, creating a subtle cultural taboo on dyed hair that lasted until the 1920s in parts of North America and Europe.Around the beginning of the twentieth century, Western class stereotypes also led to the negative view of women with dyed blonde hair (or heavy makeup) as being gold diggers, seeking the attentions of men who were already financially well-established, and who were as such likely to already be married. This may have stemmed from the observation that bleached blonde hair (considered to be eye-catching) was a popular choice for the often poor, uneducated women who relied on their looks to make a living, and was common among actresses, singers, music hall performers, burlesque dancers, chorus girls and bar maids, as well as prostitutes. As women of the time typically did not work after marriage, married women still occupying such positions were rare and almost always of the lower economic classes. One of the only ways a woman might find relief from the need to support herself through such professions was to marry, but wealthy men were likely to find that a wife who had formerly been employed in the entertainment professions would not be accepted well into higher-class social circles. The practice of men beginning affairs with attractive working women which did not culminate in marriage is associated with the previously mentioned adage that “gentlemen may prefer blondes, but they marry brunettes”.It has been suggested that the concept of the ‘dumb blonde’ may also stem from the idea amongst the ancient Romans and Greeks that Northern Europeans were barbarians and thus less advanced than Southern Europeans and Europeans of South Plagious, the civilizations of Old Northern Middle East and North India (old aryans-bramahns).One interesting notion is that the Scandinavian blonde is often connected to romantic nationalism, and the stereotype of the blonde farm girl or dairy maid. In the actual romantic movement, this type crystallized in literature, mainly Synnøve Solbakken by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson and the character of Solveig from Henrik Ibsen`s Peer Gynt. Although both characters are positive and even intelligent, tradition often gives them the “dumb blonde” trademark, more or less requited.
Background:Blond hair has been considered attractive and sexy since very old times and in various human cultures, and is sometimes combined with blue eyes for further attraction. This perception is exploited in culture and advertising. At the same time, people tend to presume that blondes are less serious-minded and less intelligent than brunettes, as reflected in “blonde jokes”, which entered the American culture in 1900s. The roots of this notion may be traced to Europe, with the “dumb blonde” in question being a French courtesan named Rosalie Duthe, satirised in a 1775 play Les curiosites de la Foire.The notion of “dumb blond” has been a topic of academic research reported in scholarly articles and university symposia, which tend to confirm that many people hold to the perception that light-haired women are less intelligent than dark-haired ones.
Dumb blonde:The dumb blonde stereotype (and the associated cognitive bias) may have some negative consequences and it can also damage a blonde person’s career prospects.
Examples:Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (a novel, a Broadway musical and a film) explores the ideas of a blond woman’s appeal. The film starred Marilyn Monroe as the blonde and Jane Russell as her wise brunette friend. The Encyclopedia of Hair describes Monroe’s role as that of “a fragile woman who relied rather on her looks rather than on intelligence – what some people refer to as “dumb blond”. 
References to the “dumb” stereotype:Many blond actresses have played stereotypical “dumb blondes”, including Judy Holliday, Jayne Mansfield and Goldie Hawn.In the American sitcom Three’s Company the blond girl (originally Chrissy played by Suzanne Sommers, and later Cindy and Terri) is sweet and naive, while the brunette (Janet, Joyce DeWitt) is smart.
References countering the “dumb” stereotype:At the same time, there are many examples where the stereotype is exploited only to combat it.The film Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon featured the stereotype as a centerpiece of its plot. However the protagonist turns out to be intelligent enough to graduate from Harvard Law School.Country music legend Dolly Parton, aware of this occasional characterization of her, addressed it in her 1967 hit Dumb Blonde. Parton’s lyrics challenged the stereotype, stating “…just because I’m blonde, don’t think I’m dumb ’cause this dumb blonde ain’t nobody’s fool…”. Parton has said she was not offended by “all the dumb-blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb. I’m also not blonde.”The author of the comic strip Blondie, Chic Young, starting with “Dumb Dora”, gradually transformed his subsequent Blondie into a smart, hard-working, family-hearted woman.
Loni Anderson’s character Jennifer Marlowe on the show WKRP in Cincinnati often played up a perception of being a dumb, flirty blonde. In several episodes it was seen she only did so to get her way.

Blonde jokes:There is a category of blonde jokes that employ the dumb-blonde stereotype for their effect.Blonde jokes have been criticized as sexist by several authors, as most blondes in these jokes are female, although male variations also exist.Research indicates that because of this, men find blonde jokes significantly more amusing than women say they do.Many blonde jokes are variations on other stereotypical jokes.Blonde jokes nearly always take the format of the blond(e) placing himself or herself in an unusual situation, performing a silly act because he or she misconstrued the meaning of how an activity is supposed to play out, or making a comment that serves to highlight his or her supposed promiscuity, lack of intelligence, or cluelessness.

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Having understood some of the reasons behind Blonde Jokes, I will now start collecting and posting some really laughable and entertaining jokes.However,I confess—I have yet to meet a really dumb Blonde in person and would love to interact with one,before I pop off to the other world !!
 
Here is the first one at random :
 
The Blonde and the Dog : A blonde and her husband are lying in bed listening to the next door neighbor’s dog.It has been in the backyard barking for hours and hours.The blonde jumps out of bed and says ‘I’ve had enough of this,’ and she goes downstairs.
The blonde finally comes back up to bed and her husband says ‘The dog is still barking, what have you been doing?’ The blonde says ‘I put the dog in our backyard, let’s see how THEY like it!’
 
                                               
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