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The discoveries are as intriguing as they are unexpected. In Greek mythology, redheads become vampires after they die; women with red hair were...
The discoveries are as intriguing as they are unexpected. In Greek mythology, redheads become vampires after they die; women with red hair were burned as witches during the Inquisition; in Hollywood, female redheads are considered sexy while male redheads are a hard sell; and in the nineteenth century, redheads were believed to be the strongest scented of all women, smelling of amber and violets. Redheads have been stereotyped, marginalized, sought after, and made to function as everything from a political statement to a symbol of human carnality. A redhead herself, Marion Roach brings candor and brilliant insight to the complicated and enticing history of redheads.
"Richly salted with fascinating cultural lore, and an engaging read whether you're a carrot-top or not."—HoustonChronicle
"A strong recommendation for redheads."—Library Journal
|Prologue : a lurid tale||1|
|Ch. 1||Wild, oversexed heathens, banshees, and queens : redheaded women and how they make us feel the way we do||9|
|Ch. 2||The old poker and the inhabitants of pandemonium : it is in his kiss - and in our blood - to fear the red-haired man||37|
|Ch. 3||The blood that scares the hell into us : superstition, taboo, and the blood that divides us||55|
|Digestif : recipe for an identity||91|
|Ch. 4||A monk, two very different Victorians, and the knockout mouse : how we were delivered the genetics of hair color||96|
|Digestif : recipe for a heritage||120|
|Ch. 5||The itch of genetics/the genetics of itch : science has done little to extinguish the fire of the tale||125|
|Digestif : recipe for one redhead||153|
|Ch. 6||The palette of the succubus : on Satan the color red is one thing; on women, it is altogether another||157|
|Ch. 7||You may be many things, young lady, but you are no redhead : the tangle of sex and science are but two strands of the braid||182|
Posted March 23, 2009
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