I think Natural red hair is absolutely gorgeous!!
As for the term "Ranga" I would never say it to someone, I'm naturally blonde and I use to hate the "blonde" comments.
But I can understand friendly jokes about it that involve no offense, but I don't think I would intentionally make such comment about someone's appearance.
I really don't understand what all the fuss is when it comes to Red hair..
I'm a hairdresser and people pay big $$$ to go bright red or have Copper hair like Nichole Kidman.. But if someone is naturally red it's seen as a laughing matter...
I adore natural red hair as it has so many high and low lights that no dye can fully replicate, and to be blessed with the complexion that comes with red hair.. I would die for that.
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07-06-2012 13:59 #113Senior Member
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I have 2 red heads and on occasion people have called them Rangas. It hasn't been particularly upsetting. There are plenty of other things to be more concerned about than being called a Ranga.
07-06-2012 14:03 #114Senior Member
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I'm still confused about the term 'wog'. In England that would be an absolute no - on a par with the 'n' word or 'paki' for how racist it is. Over here I know it's used more commonly, and not used that way.
I still jump when I hear it though, as after 26 years of it having that connotation (which is how old I was when I moved to Australia), it's hard to see it differently! My normal reaction is to be shocked, then remember it's not seen as that offensive here and relax, and then wonder if it is offensive or not! Haven't figured it out...
07-06-2012 14:10 #115Senior Member
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I saw a bumper sticker yesterday which said I love ranga , I didn't even know what it meant till I saw this thread.
07-06-2012 14:11 #116
booby that is how my kids take ranga, they think they are special. Even my 18yr old.
07-06-2012 15:07 #117
However to many people who have grown up in Australia, the word "wog" is a way of acknowledging their heritage and identifying themselves as part of a cultural group. While people like my father frantically tried to assimilate and hide their differences, many members of later generations feel pride in the differences their culture brings them, and have embraced "wog" as a bit of a badge of honour.
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07-06-2012 20:43 #119
I think most people consider "ranga" an affectionate term, my niece has a tinge of red in her hair, an her parents call her their "little ranga baby". I personally love red hair, a lot of people i know love red hair. I'd love a "ranga" baby. They def don't think she looks like a monkey
I understand where the word "ranga" comes from, but these days, i've only really ever seen people use it as an affectionate word. I grew up with blonde hair that was (and still pretty much is) always in long ringlets - i've heard every blonde joke you can imagine. Redhead's aren't the only hair colour that has derogatory comments made about it. Kids are always going to get teased by something, thats life. As people have already said on here, dark haired kids can get called "wogs" and that term has been around for a long time.
07-06-2012 21:53 #120
i personally don't comment about anyone's appearance, and teach my kids not to do so as well. i suffered for years with anorexia and was always told by complete strangers that i was too skinny, sick looking etc.
unfortunately in australia we tend to be big on the nicknames though, and (as i posted before) they tend to be about a person's appearance. hubby gets called bluey as well.
and (as i also said before) i think it is up to the person.
i agree that if you don't know the person you should just keep your mouth shut.
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