So far from finding redheads to be ugly or undesirable, the opposite was almost true: they found them so desirable that the redheads were ‘out of their league’, so to speak. Redheads, for example, are more susceptible to toothaches and painfully cold temperatures- but they are entirely capable of withstanding more stinging and pressure pain than the average blonde or brunette.
When asked to comment on the women they approached vs the women they didn’t approach, they rated the redheads more sensuous and promiscuous seeming- both signifiers that would possibly help in the babymaking arena. Not only are redheads not going extinct, they might actually be well selected to thrive. Additionally, in an incredible coincidence, they are better able to withstand the ‘fiery’ pain from capsaicin- AKA spicy foods. It’s true- they need more anesthesia, leading to a pretty common fear of dentists among redheads.
Full disclosure: my wife comes from a family of redheads, all of whom are very proud of this fact. The genesis of this article started during one of the marathon sessions where she read a huge list of wikipedia facts about redheads to me and how awesome they are for the umpteenth time.
Not that this is unique to her family- redheads as a group are quite proud of their red-headed heritage, as evidenced by the multitude of redhead t-shirts and other kitschy redhead apparel you’ll find everywhere. At any rate, while looking up the evidence for my takedown piece, I discovered two things: 1) despite popular belief, redheads are in fact not dying out. redheads may, in fact, be genetically superior to their black, brown, and blonde haired brothers and sisters (as evidenced by their Gaelic ancestors practically building America). if you’re not familiar with the claim here, let’s catch you up.
That in and of itself, however, does not mean it will slowly go extinct- since redheadedness is not an especially maladaptive condition- that is, it’s not a trait that makes it harder to survive, and so there’s no reason for it to be selected out of the gene pool.
Nearsightedness and color blindness, for example, are more maladaptive recessive genes, and they have thrived just fine.
Redheads are almost-universally considered across cultures to be more assertive, confident, and capable- a recent study done by University of Tennessee and Dalton State College found that redheads are 4 times more likely to be CEOs than their demographics would suggest.