This morning I woke up to Facebook telling me it was International Kiss A Ginger Day. This day has apparently been created to stop ginger people being bullied and abused by society and instead to show Ginger people some love.
Now, as a redhead, and one that was bullied relentlessly throughout my teenage years, how am I meant to feel about this day?
I could feel proud that us ginger people have our very own day. A day where we can be talked about, shared across social media and sent tweets and text messages giving us metaphorical kisses.
But International Kiss A Ginger Day doesn’t make me feel proud, not in the slightest. It makes me feel sad that this is what society has become. Everything has to have a day and someone, somewhere thinks that the years of abuse people like me suffered can all be fixed with giving us our own day – so one day a year ginger kids can be kissed instead of verbally abused in the playground.
International Kiss A Ginger Day makes me quite angry too. We don’t have a international day for brunettes or blondes do we? So why segregate ginger people even more by having an International Kiss A Ginger Day?
International Kiss A Ginger Day is nothing more than a celebration of the ridicule that ginger people have had for years from the kind of people that still shout “Oi, ginge!’ at me out of car windows and think it’s acceptable to create Christmas cards that say “Santa loves all kids, even ginger ones”.
I can almost hear people reading this post, telling me to get a grip, to just laugh it off and not to waste energy on it. That it’s just one of these days people make, that it’s meant to be a joke. But it isn’t funny really is it?
I am sure getting called names in the street should be funny, getting water tipped over my head during lunch break at school should have been funny and my Head of Year telling me just to get used to it should have also been funny shouldn’t it?
Society keeps segregating ginger people, making them into a whole sub group and treating them as something different to everyone else, something of ridicule. Whilst this is happening ginger children will still get bullied because other children only know what society and their parents teach them – and sadly the people that create these days, and these Christmas cards, are someone’s parents.
We wouldn’t be allowed to have a International Kiss A Muslim Day, International Kiss A Disabled Person Day or International Kiss a Lesbian day. So why is it ok to have an International Kiss A Ginger Day? It isn’t and I for one will not be kissing any gingers – apart from my daughter, who I hope doesn’t have to grow up in such a small minded society.