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07 June 2003 @ 08:39 pm
Interview me, Chapter 3  
If you want me to interview you--post a comment that simply says, "Interview me."

Here are my answers to blaisepascal's questions:

1. Obviously, from your LJ name, your user icons, and the various pictures of you you've posted, your hair and hair color is very important to you. How do you think being a redhead has affected your life? I ask as one redhead to another.

Growing up a redhead is tough. Always the center of attention, always treated differently. 'What a cute little copper top!' 'Where'd she get that hair?' People always had a comment, always wanted to touch the hair. There is a lot of baggage that comes along with being a redhead. Not looking like the other kids is *bad* when you are young, when *all* you want to do is fit in with the rest of the crowd. You just want to be like everyone else. Kids are the worst when it comes to teasing and such. I remember being singled out and tortured by the kids for my auburn curls. 'Carrot top' 'Freckle face' The names were endless. Not to mention that the moment something went wrong, a teacher's eyes zeroed in on the most noticeable of their students… It's a lot to put on a little kid.

There are plenty of stereotypes that are associated with being a redhead. Expected to be temperamental and unreasonable. Expected to be vibrant and larger than life, in some ways. Smart. Sharp and witty. 'Fiery Redhead' 'Feisty' 'Dangerous' 'Sensuous' 'Aggressive' 'Bad-tempered' 'Quick to anger' 'Red on the head, fire in the hole' The stereotypes go on and on.

My favorite is 'Are you a natural redhead?' as a stranger stares at your crotch…

I've reached the point where that questions merits nothing more then the twitch of an eyebrow and a look of derision. Occasionally I ask them if they *really* deserve to know because I'm more than willing to 'prove it'. So far no one has had the cojones to take me up on my offer…

It colors how people interact with us, even on a daily basis. I continue to be surprised, for example, to find that some people I know were initially hesitant to approach me because of my auburn locks. People are either wary of, or attracted to, redheads. Prejudgement. I'm nice and polite – really!

There are certainly benefits to being a redhead. We can rarely pass unnoticed. The center of attention. I think, in some ways, we can 'get away' with some things that others couldn't.

Yes, having red hair is integral to my being. But it's not something that can be assumed, it’s not a façade that can be adopted or abandoned on a whim. True redheadedness is not only genes and a bit of a temper – it 's the accumulation of all the little things associated with surviving the journey.

Redheadedness isn't just a haircolor, it's a state of mind. - Chendra

2. What genres of literature, music, movies, etc do you enjoy? Where do you find your inspiration?

It depends upon my mood, I think. Musically, I've been known to listen to Jazz, the Cheiftains, Mozart, and Broadway show tunes all in a row. *grin* And I really will read just about anything – fiction, technical research stuff, Louis L'Amour, Shakespeare, Fantasy/SciFi, the back of cereal boxes… My favorite fictional hero ever is Dirk Pitt. I was crushed when he was retired. I'm a bit more selective about movies, and prefer to avoid slasher movies and most action / war movies. My favorite mindless-but-entertaining movie is Shanghi Noon. It used to be Big Trouble in Little China.

3. Turnabout is fair-play.... how would you fix the economy?

Ooooh – that's a toughie. I would have to pull out some of my old econ books to get all the details right. I will take some time to mull this one over…

4. What, if any, religious path do you follow? What led you to that path and made you decide it was right for you?

I am very non-religious actually. Not in the sense that I am against it, just that I don't follow any particular religion, and really feel no need to… have faith, as such.

I was raised a good little Irish Catholic girl, and spent many years in Catholic school. Roman Catholic school, at that. Catholic school does one of two things to a person – it either makes you a believer or a questioner. I guess my formal training as a scientist speaks to which fate befell me *grin*

I suppose if I got to choose a religion, I would choose Buddhism. Makes the most sense in terms of personal responsibility, worldview, and tolerance to me.

5. What attracted you to the SCA? What keeps you in the SCA?

I was all of 19 when I found the SCA. At that age the silly, romantic, little girl side of me was a bit stronger (but it's happy in the box now – really!), so all the pomp and ceremony and Arthurian type stuff really appealed *smile*

The thing that made me stay all those years ago was that I found a group of people who were just as intelligent as I – people who could keep up, and more importantly could challenge me. People who were *interesting* to talk to. One moment we could be discussing period pigmentation for 9th century Irish illuminated manuscripts, and the next the current political situation in the Middle East. Without missing a beat.

6. Zip then fasten, or fasten then zip?

Fasten, then zip.

(and just to turn things around, a bonus question...)
7. How often do you play strip poker?

Not often enough *grin*

-the redhead-

I can't fathom why anyone would dye their hair red. Would you put Budweiser in a Guinness bottle and expect people not to notice?
Ko'Shall Viperkoshall on June 7th, 2003 08:30 pm (UTC)
My biggest question from all this, is what exactly does it tell you about someone, wheather they zip first, or fasten first?
apocolipstick on June 7th, 2003 08:59 pm (UTC)
i can totally relate to 1 and 4. and the last little comment is so hilarious and true! revenge is sweet.

- another redhead
dirtstar on June 7th, 2003 09:28 pm (UTC)
I remember falling in love with the red headed protagonist of Still Life with Woodpecker...
Spam: suitmadbodger on June 8th, 2003 08:00 am (UTC)
I can't fathom why anyone would dye their hair red. Would you put Budweiser in a Guinness bottle and expect people not to notice?

My sweetie dyes her hair red. Mostly because she feels like a true redhead and it works for her. A few folks tell her that her brows don't match, making it look fake, but there are quite a few natural redheads in her family tree, and their eyebrows don't match either! Nobody suggests that she doesn't act like a True Redhead!

-the redhead-theredhead on June 8th, 2003 09:13 am (UTC)
Nobody suggests that she doesn't act like a True Redhead!

It's nice that dyeing her hair works for her and that people do not give her grief for what she is trying to be :)

-the redhead-
Stormlightstormlight811 on June 9th, 2003 01:49 pm (UTC)
Passing for natural
I took grief for years because my eyebrows didn't match, too; turns out, the way around that is to dye the eyebrows (use a Q-tip to apply the dye, and BE CAREFUL!!) the same color tone as the hair, but one shade darker. That's the complicated way; the easier way is to use the same color one is using on the hair, but just apply it to eyebrows ten minutes before the timing is done for the hair. It will give eyebrows the correct -tint- without changing the base color much. Either way, wipe the color off eyebrows with a damp paper towel (kleenex, toilet paper, whatever) before rinsing the hair.

::chuckle:: Hope this helps. Gawd knows, all the time I've spent playing Mad Chemist in the bathroom ought to benefit someone besides m'self...
paradoxymoronparadoxymoron on June 8th, 2003 04:53 pm (UTC)
prove it! :D
So... the carpet matches the curtains? ;) ;) *leeeeeeer*
Musings from the CZ unitcz_unit on June 9th, 2003 04:55 pm (UTC)
Re: prove it! :D
*whistles happily*

Skittenskitten on June 9th, 2003 11:40 am (UTC)
red is in.....
I think the reason people would dye their hair is because those without red hair have red-hair envy :)

I only have a HINT of red hair and I always wanted to be a red-head with green eyes.... Gues sI just thought red hair was beautiful.... and now I have a sweetie with red hair *smile*

Not sure why you would be scary to approach simply from your hair color..... eesh.... Makes you wonder WHY people need to pigeon-hole like that....

Glad I stumbled across your journal (blame it on Bu *lol*)
-the redhead-theredhead on June 9th, 2003 12:03 pm (UTC)
Re: red is in.....
You have a sweety with red hair? I'm jealous!!!! *grin*

Welcome to my rambling place - feel free to drop by anytime :)

Who's Bu?

-the redhead-
Skittenskitten on June 9th, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
Re: red is in.....
blaisepascal :)
A lovely, lovely man *smile*
I'm a lucky woman!
Stormlightstormlight811 on June 9th, 2003 01:39 pm (UTC)
Redhead By Choice thoughts...
>I can't fathom why anyone would dye their hair red. Would you put Budweiser in a Guinness bottle and expect people not to notice?

::chuckle:: Would you offer someone Guinness in a Budweiser bottle and be offended when they change the sticker to correctly label the contents?

I like to think that there are two kinds of redheads: genetic redheads and redheads by choice. I’m the latter. I don’t feel that I’m “inferior” because I’m not a genetic redhead; I’m a different type, that’s all.

A much less –convenient- type, I grant you – Dye is a major pain! It costs, it stinks, it fades, it takes time, it has to be done every 3-4 weeks even if it doesn’t fade. Red is the most difficult of dye colors; if I pick the wrong shade, it looks ridiculous (or worse, Fake), and depth and tone are not automatically assured. It takes serious dedication to keep one’s hair a natural-looking shade of red for years and years!

But then, there are the rewards. For me, red hair –feels- right. People I meet generally assume that my hair color is natural; it suits me that well. (I joke that I’m a natural redhead who didn’t have the genetics for red hair.) I like what I see in the mirror, and I like the way people respond. It –feels- like me. That’s why I dye my hair red.

(Sidenote: Yeah, stereotyping sucks. Still, most women get it in some degree because of their haircolor; Blondes are wild, fun, gorgeous, superficial party-types, not expected to be smart or serious. Brunettes are more likely to be smart and/or serious, but also likely to be straight-laced or boring. Redheads are smart, savvy, lively, attractive, and dangerous when crossed. Most of the people I know who’ve chosen to more-or-less permanently change their hair to a color other than their natural one did so to CHOOSE a stereotype. I have a friend who dyed her hair blonde for a year or so, then went back to dyeing it auburn because she found she got more respect when her hair was red. The rules may be shallow, but hey, if you can make them work in your favor… )

-- Stormlight
"...And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, And a quiet berth and a sweet dream when the long trick's over."

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