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The enduring, invisible power of blond

By Tressie McMillan Cottom

19 Jan 2023 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

They may have more fun, but do they also benefit from social status? This NYT columnist describes the use of "natural blond" as a racial signifier, conferring esteem and power.

If you are ever trapped between a hungry bear and a blonde with an attitude, fight the bear.

That was my lesson over the holiday break.

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