Admit it: When you think of gingers, you think of them as being pale and freckle-faced goofballs. Your mind automatically goes to famously freckled faces like Carrot Top, Pippi Longstocking or Alfred E. Newman of MAD Magazine. It's become something of a running joke in the dating scene that redheads are unattractive. Don't believe me? There's an actual documentary on being ginger and how much it sucks (And the fact that there's this weird fascination with gingers as medical anomalies probably doesn't help.)
And now, there's a scientist claiming redheads could become extinct due to climate change in Scotland. Dr. Alistair Moffat, head of ScotlandsDNA told The Daily Record, "We think red hair in Scotland, Ireland and the north of England is adaptation to the climate. We do not get enough sun and have to get all the vitamin D we can. If it was to get less cloudy and there was more sun, there would be fewer people carrying the gene."
But let me tell it to you straight: I think redheads (and the guys, in particular) get a bad rap. And I'm here to represent the devoted girlfriends (and boyfriends) of gingers everywhere. In fact, I think there's no better time than now to date a redhead.
When did we decide that redheads deserve any less lovin' than blondes or brunettes? Regardless, things finally seem to be turning around for them. Gingers: This is your moment!
Take Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, described as a "red hot" beauty and Buffy alum Michelle Trachtenburg is a "ravishing redhead". It's why ginger guys are finally taking the spotlight for a change: Damian Lewis is kicking terrorist butt and claiming hearts (as well as awards for his role in Homeland) along the way. Rupert Grint has gone from being long confined to the friend zone onscreen as Harry Potter's dorky sidekick to being the leading man in a steamy thriller. (Have you seen Cherrybomb, yet? I highly recommend it.) Even songwriter (and cute ginger in his own right) Ed Sheeran has gone from zero to hero. He admits to being flat-out denied record deals when producers told him that being "ginger wasn't a good 'marketing tool' for them." WOW harsh. But hey, now we're singing along to his lyrics on the radio, so who's the winner here?
I'm not exactly looking forward to the "carrot top" cracks, or the digs about my fiance and I having our own Weasley family. But I still say, give me a Harry over a William any day. Here's why red heads are so hot right now.
1. They're Less Likely To Get Prostate Cancer
Those ginger genes are keeping his health in check. A new study from the British Journal of Cancer revealed that natural red-headed men are 54 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer. Researchers think it might have to do with the way genes that dictate hair pigmentation also influence tumor development.
2. They Have More Sex
Thought blondes have more fun? Think again. Thanks to University of Hamburg for discovering that people with red hair are getting it on more than everyone else. That's right, according to their study, which looked at the sex lives and hair color of hundreds of women, our red hot friends are more sexually active than blondes and brunettes. The radiant color is thought to act like an aphrodisiac and signal youth and fertility.
3. Gray? No Way!
Rejoice — those vibrant strands will last your significant other a lifetime. Natural red tinted strands won't not gray like other colors. Instead, strands become golden blonde with age, and for some, they will turn to white. Red hair really is powerful.
4. They Have Strong Bones
You can bring your red-headed date to the beach or even to a gloomy climate, because either way, they'll be able to absorb more vitamin D than you — and everyone else around. According to experts from the ScotlandsDNA project, redheads have an advantage because they can create more of the essential, bone-strengthening vitamin in low-light conditions and they even receive the sun's benefits in just 10-15 minutes.
5. They're Here To Stay
Despite the rumor that redheads, who make up only 4 percent of the world's population, will soon be an endangered species (especially in Scotland!), they aren't going anywhere. While the recessive gene may become more rare, genetics experts say our fiery friends are far from being extinct. Phew.
More juicy stories from YourTango: