This Is How The "Dumb Blonde" Stereotype Began

This Is How The "Dumb Blonde" Stereotype Began

Rosalie Duthé was a French courtesan of the 18th century, and trained ballet dancer. She was famous for being beautiful, and also slow-witted. A 1775 one-act play depicted Duthé as the main character, and exaggerated her vacant pauses in conversation.


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Key Facts In This Video

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    There is no scientific data to back up the concept of a "dumb blonde." (0:24)

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    Many consider Rosalie Duthé to be the first recorded "dumb blonde." (0:48)

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    The novel "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" written in the 1920s emphasized the idea of the dumb blonde. (1:29)

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