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The Roots of Desire by Marion Roach
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Read from July 21 to 24, 2012 — I own a copy

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Marion Roach
“All the action adventure girls have red hair," he said. "Whenever it is an independent girl, not a sidekick person, when she has her own mind or does as good as the guys, she has red hair.”
Marion Roach, The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning, and Sexual Power of Red Hair

Marion Roach
“This is because I define myself in part by my color. And I know it is the proverbial slippery slope: That there are associations with red hair that I utterly reject and others I wear proudly means nothing to anyone else, since I don't get to choose how the observer sorts those same traits. Grazing through the stereotypes, I am on the delicatessen plan, winding a way over the menu offerings, picking, choosing and rejecting; adhering to some, dismissing others. Having adopted a method of personal vigilance that allows me to be on the lookout for associations that suffuse my color with preferred associations and to reject those I choose not to adopt, I enhance my self-image. But to other people my red hair is more a take-it-or-leave-it experience: Red-haired, to them, I may also be a certain type of person, complete with temperament.”
Marion Roach, The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning, and Sexual Power of Red Hair


Reading Progress

07/21/2012 page 3
1.0% "'Hitler reportedly banned the intermarriage of redheads for fear of "deviant offspring"' - RUDE."
07/23/2012 page 120
47.0% "Skipped ALL the witchcraft stuff because it was boring as. We are now on genetics & it is much more interesting."
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Rebecca All the genetics - interesting. All the witches & religion - really.. not. And not particularly well-written either.


Rebecca Also she suggests redheads don't like green, which I UTTERLY REFUTE.


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