How many blondes have been perceived as dumb just because of the color of their hair? *raises hand* Fret no more blondie, the facts are in and guess what — you’re not so blonde, I mean dumb, after all!
We’re all familiar with the stereotype of the dumb blonde perpetuated in movies like Legally Blonde and Clueless. And while few people would probably claim it’s statistically true that blondes have lower IQs, research has shown that we do subconsciously judge blonde women as being less intelligent.
So, scientists decided to put the baseless stereotype to the test. In a new study, researchers found that women with blonde hair actually have slightly higher IQs than the rest of the population.
The study, published in Economics Bulletin, compared people with different hair colors’ results from a 1980 Armed Forces Qualification Test, which measures reading comprehension and mathematical reasoning. The average IQs were 103.2 for blondes, 102.7 for brunettes, 101.2 for redheads, and 100.5 for women with black hair. These differences are small and aren’t statistically significant, but the fact that blonde women came out on top does shoot to hell the notion that they’re at the bottom rung of the intelligence ladder.
“I don’t think you can say with certainty that blondes are smarter than others, but you can definitely say they are not any dumber,” says Jay Zagorsky, an Ohio State University professor who authored the study, in a press release.
Of course, we didn’t need a study to tell us that hair color has absolutely nothing to do with intelligence, but it’s good to know that the scientific community is on-board, too.