How many times have you heard the phrase blondes have more fun? I’m not sure it’s true, but I thought I would test the theory by going to the movies and seeing whether Hollywood could prove or dispel the myth. One of the most interesting things I found – and this is based on a just a little and pretty superficial research if I’m totally honest – is that in all the really strong, dramatic and action leading roles for women, there doesn’t seem to be much of a call for blondes to play them; although, naturally there are some darn fine blonde leading ladies. Instead, the blondes get cast as the beautiful, the goofy, the sexy and the mad cap. Prima facie, it seems that Hollywood wants to perpetuate that blondes have more fun. Check out these movies and see if you agree.
1. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
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If there’s another “myth” that is perpetuated as much as blondes have more fun, it has to be that gentlemen prefer blondes. Starring two awesome screen sirens – only one of whom is blonde – this movie is one of the great old style Hollywood musicals. Probably most known for Marilyn Monroe’s "Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend" number, the movie came after a novel and a stage musical. If you have any feminist bent at all, you really won’t enjoy the story of this movie because as well as trying to tell us blondes have more fun, it has more stereotypes and clichés about women than you could probably imagine.