Science of Love, Sex, and Babies

Les Hommes Préfèrent Vraiment les Blondes

Posted in news by jenapincott on January 23, 2009

blondesSomewhat unbelievably, there was an academic conference last weekend called “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and it was hosted by no less prestigious an institution than the Sorbonne in Paris. Judging by the conference program, the organizers have set out to make sure the blonde maintains her good standing. Among the agenda items are discussions about film (with special attention to M. Monroe), painting (Botticelli and Titian’s Venus, Aphrodite, angels, and so on). The organizer Marie-Camille Bouchindomme is quoted as saying, “Blondness awakens desire, probably because of the ambivalence it carries, from innocence to perversion….Blonde women seem to invite transgression, and thus eroticism in men that darker hair does not….Blonde hair is an attribute of Venus, the goddess of carnal love, whose hair is sometimes the final rampart against her modesty.”

My favorite responses in the comment box below the conference announcement:

I cannot believe there is to be a conference. Save your money boys and listen here. Men are attracted to blondes because they look safer and more childlike ….Any other problems needing solving? Can we get started on world peace now?
– bm, melbourne australia,

Having been many colours – the answer is yes – blondes do seem too be prefered. But you attract different kinds of men it seemed to me, depending on which colour you are. If you would like a lot of attention, go blond. In fact, even women treat you kindlier too, although they (men and women) can assume you are a little dappy, that suits me fine as you can get away with so much. Even my husband hates me dark – he says it gives me too much attitude.
– Emily Kelly, Marlow, UK,

I’m a natural blonde and a lot of men do prefer blondes…unfortunately, I mean all the creepy men. If it didn’t look ridiculous on me, I would much rather have brown hair to be rid of some of the weirdos. Blonde hair isn’t all it’s cracked up to be; I always have to deal with people thinking I’m ditzy and stupid and asking if my hair color is real.
– Romy, Charleston, SC,


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