“Blond hair is more beautiful” - Laura Ingalls Wilder’s response
Thursday, March 21, 2013
This is an addendum to my Tuesday blog entry
A brown eyed girl’s search for a brown eyed doll (circa 1955)
Ironically, on Tuesday afternoon my eleven year old granddaughter was writing a book report on “The Little House in the Big Woods” the first of Wilder’s “Little House” series.
She was describing the characters.
“Everyone knows that blond hair is more beautiful” blond Mary told her brown haired sister Laura.
Laura’s response? She slugged her!
Of course she was disciplined by her mother and I don’t advocate violence, but even back in the 1880s without constant media images before their eyes, girls were aware of society’s preference for certain physical characteristics. It either made them accept it or it made them mad.