With Seth Fornea destroying his competition on The Ten and a consistently growing pro-redhead faction of the gay community, it’s easy to forget that some of these guys who were “kissed by fire” might have been bullied when they were younger. (Though, presumably, it’s much easier to remember this if you were one of them.)
London-based artist addresses the stigma attached to being a redhead in his project , which will be moving beyond the online world in an exhibit opening this December. Here’s an excerpt of what he has to say about the project:
“In the UK and throughout the world, being ginger and male comes with many stigmas attached. Many are bullied at school and for some, even later in life. As far as I can see, no one has focused (or noticed) the huge, polarised gap between the way our society perceives red headed women (often the ultimate woman – think Jessica Rabbit) and red headed males (often emasculated and de-sexulised in film and TV – no Hollywood heroes – no leading men).
“No other hair colour has this level of gender inequality in any society, and RED HOT holds a mirror up to the pre-conceived limitations we put on the red headed males. Essentially, what I’m doing is creating an exciting and revealing exhibition showcasing a positive outlook on the red-haired male, and aiming to re-brand the ginger male stereotype along the way.”
Some of you might be rolling your eyes at the idea that redheads, of all people, are subject to persecution, while the rest of you might have been nodding your head in agreement as you read through the paragraphs above. Either way, we can all agree that these are beautiful photographs, right?
Take a look at a few images from the “RED HOT” project below:
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