1 SEPTEMBER 2007, Page 14

Fair's fair

Sir: I read Anna Blundy's article ('We blondes face prejudice every day of our lives', 25 August) with increasing disbelief. She asserts that there is no other socially acceptable target for jokes. Perhaps I may refer her here to 'gingers' or the Irish. And I would contend that the abuse she suffers is more to do with her gender than being blonde. I do not notice my brunette friends getting any less than me. But all the women I know would be incredibly offended to note that Ms Blundy herself thinks that women regard other women as 'competitors who must be vanquished in order to win the prize of a man'. Really, grow up. As for her bizarre assertion that being attractive holds you back, clearly she has not read the numerous studies which prove the opposite is true.

It is women, not blondes, that Blundy needs to be fighting for. And if she really thinks that this is the only acceptable form of prejudice these days, well, I know black people with nice cars who are regularly stopped by police to make sure that the vehicle isn't stolen, Muslims who wait hours at the airport and gay people driven to despair in adolescence by vicious bullying. I'm afraid her article may have done less to erase prejudice against blondes, than it did to reinforce it. Cecily Long (blonde and proud) Kingston upon Thames, Surrey Sir: The only thing that puzzles me on this subject is this: if being blonde is such a handicap in life, why do unnumbered millions of non-blonde women dye their hair blonde, even in countries with no natural blondes (as in Japan)?

Dan Baynes Via email