Red-haired children ‘need protection from ginger and prejudice’, charity says

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Red-haired children need more protection from ginger and prejudice, a human rights charity has claimed.

Bullying people for their barnet was no “harmless joke” and led to abuse and suicide, Equalities and Human Rights UK said.

They said discrimination had been present for thousands of years across the world, but was “particularly acute” in Britain.

It comes after a teaching assistant was fired for bullying, including a case where he joked about a child’s hair color.

Red-haired children need more protection from ginger and prejudice, a human rights charity has claimed. Pictured: actress Karen Gillan

Bullying people for their barnet was not a

Bullying people for their barnet was no “harmless joke” and led to abuse and suicide, Equalities and Human Rights UK said. Pictured: Harry Potter star Rupert Grint

They said that discrimination had been present for thousands of years across the world, but was

They said discrimination had been present for thousands of years across the world, but was “particularly acute” in Britain. Pictured: Ed Sheeran

Another famous redhead, Julianne Moore, is pictured in New York in November

Another famous redhead, Julianne Moore, is pictured in New York in November

Equalities and Human Rights UK CEO Chrissy Meleady slammed the idea that it was a ‘laugh to belittle, belittle and abuse’ children with red hair.

She claimed it can be ‘very harmful to rob these children of their positive identity and confidence’ and could lead to ‘trying to die by suicide’.

She told the Sheffield Star: ‘The bullying of people with red hair is one of the last socially accepted forms of prejudice against people for a trait they were born with, according to researchers.

“It’s not a ‘harmless joke,’ the researchers say, because of the consequences and negative impact of bullying.

“While it may be considered a laugh to belittle, belittle and abuse these children because they have red hair or their phenotypic characteristic, it can be very harmful to deprive these children of their positive identity and their confidence and worse, it can lead to rejection from the school. , health issues, self-harming behaviors, and even children wanting and trying to die by suicide.

Equalities and Human Rights UK CEO Chrissy Meleady (pictured) slammed the idea that it was a 'laugh to belittle, belittle and abuse' red-haired children

Equalities and Human Rights UK CEO Chrissy Meleady (pictured) slammed the idea that it was a ‘laugh to belittle, belittle and abuse’ red-haired children

Ms Meleady told how a family physically abused their baby for her red hair because they thought it was the ‘mark of the devil’.

She said another was thrown down the stairs and hit with a brick by other girls during bullying.

She added: ‘More needs to be done to protect children with red hair, not only from gingism or anti-redhead prejudice and abuse from other children, but also from members of school and other backgrounds who model bullying and abuse of red-haired children. ‘

Last week, a teaching assistant at St Wilfrid’s Primary School in Sheffield was sacked after 13 years over bullying complaints.

The man, who has not been named, allegedly “humiliated” a vulnerable young boy by giving him the name of a girl in the classroom.

He was also accused of searching the internet for “Gingerphobia” during a lesson about Vikings, which saw a red-haired child being teased by his friends.

Despite Ms Meleady’s claims, a study in October found that redheads benefit from more romantic encounters.

An October survey found that redheads enjoy more romantic encounters — perhaps because they're in higher demand.  The study authors noted that women with red hair - up to 9% of European women -

An October survey found that redheads enjoy more romantic encounters — perhaps because they’re in higher demand. The study authors noted that women with red hair – up to 9% of European women – ‘tend to be subject to various stereotypes about their sexually liberated behavior’ (file photo)

The study authors noted that women with red hair – up to 9% of European women – “tend to be subject to various stereotypes about their sexually liberated behavior”.

And in Britain, according to the report, there are more redheads than any other European country.

The Czech researchers wanted to find a link between red hair and sexual behavior, collecting data from 110 women (34% redheads) and 93 men (22%).

Academics at Charles University in Prague found that redheaded women – but not men – reported greater sexual desire and activity over the past year.

The redheads had more sex partners, “greater sexual submission” and started having sex at a younger age.

The scholars stated, “The apparently more liberated sexual behavior in redheaded women may be a consequence of frequent attempts by potential partners to have sex with redheaded women.”

Katerina Sykorova, who authored the report, said: “The intensity of their sexual activity was relatively higher than the intensity of their sexual desire.

“This suggests that it is not the redhead women’s own initiative but a higher demand for them that may be responsible for their higher sexual activity and higher number of sexual partners.”

The study said redhead was determined by “the amount, ratio, and distribution of the two main types of melanin pigment: eumelanin and pheomelanin.”

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