After skimming through the responses I have to add, I think the reason it bugs me so much is that with no other hair colour or physical trait of a person is it socially acceptable to use such derogatory terms. Even 'dumb blonde' is now unPC, so why do people still feel the need to refer to my beautiful little redhead as anything but that. And like PP said just because a person can be self-depreciating doesn't give others the right to do it. If someone referred to themselves as the 'N' word, it wouldn't give you license to use it
Lemonpancakes, I agree with misskitty. I wouldn't be ok with that. Just tell her its not something you're comfortable with.
I have no probs with my DH (he's got ginger colouring too ) or me using the term, but daycare? Nuh-uh. It's not professional for them to be using nicknames anyway.
I think it is offensive and neither I, dh or dd have red hair.
Tbh I didn't know it refered to orangutans until one of my preschool kids said to a red hair boy "your hair is orange like an orangutan!" and he replied "yes I know I hate when people call me ranga"
My DP calls mum Denis (Off the eat red meat ads), calls his boss a Ranga and me too. Doesn't phase me in the slightest and I seem to know a few people who are the same. DP only says it in light humour and only to those he knows will dish the jokes back.
So doesn't bother me at all.
I think it is used as an offensive term with very young people, like primary school but once they get older its just a nickname. We know so many "Ranga's" and they use that name themselves!
I don't really find Ranga offensive, and I would never call someone that directly, but I liken it to identifying someone, like in a group if a girl is Aisan and you want to point her out you don't go "the girl with the black hair" you go, "that Aisan girl" I think Ranga is kind of the same.
The ones I find offensive re redheads are Fanta pants and Fire crotch.
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