Do blondes have more fun or are they just dumber than the rest of us?Dumb-blonde jokes won’t go away and mythology is usually based on at least a speck of truth. So let’s do some fun speculation. Depending on your point of view and your sense of humor, here is one of the best or worst dumb-blonde jokes:

This beautiful blonde is sitting in the first-class section of an airplane but her ticket is for economy class. The stewardess tries to convince the blonde that she must go back to the economy section, but she refuses. “I am blonde and I am beautiful, and I’m headed to Dallas,” she says. The stewardess goes to the co-pilot and he talks to the woman, but he has no success. Not knowing what to do, they approached captain. He says he will take care of it.

The captain approaches the blonde and whispers something in her ear. Amazed, the stewardess and the copilot watch the woman get up and hustle back to the coach section. “How did you manage that?” they asked the captain.

“It was simple,” the captain said. “I just let her know that the section she was sitting in was not going to Dallas.”

Since we know that being blonde is subject to hair-coloring and that blondes are no different than others when it comes to IQ, how did this mythology develop and why does it persist?

According to Wikipedia, “the roots of this notion may be traced to Europe, with the “dumb blonde” in question being a French courtesan named Rosalie Duthe, satirized in a 1775 play Les Curiosites de la Foire for her habit of pausing a long time before speaking, appearing not only stupid but literally dumb (in the sense of mute).

The notion of the dumb blonde may have originated in the mid-1700s, but I doubt that it would have maintained itself without other input. We have had a number of famous celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Mae West and Diana Dors, who served as role models for young women. This might account for some women wanting to be blonde, but how do we account for the lack of mental ability ascribed to blondes in general?

I’m thinking that being blonde was perhaps a quick way of establishing oneself, especially for woman coming from a lower socioeconomic background without easy access to an advanced education.

If it worked, and we know that men are highly desirous of attractive women, then these blonde women would find themselves in social situations with people who are more educated and perhaps brighter. In this environment, the streetwise blonde might have in fact been inferior in terms of abstract learning. Ipso facto, we have the dumb blonde.

And if the blonde happened to be bright, even if uneducated, she might have wanted to keep the dumb stereotype, since it seemed to please her partner. Why rock the boat and threaten Mr. Sugar Daddy?

These thoughts are not based on research, but it’s fun to speculate and take a fresh look at American mythology, wherever we find it. What’s your theory?