There is evidence of a change in attitudes towards the ginger gene.
OK, I might have been winding him up; I wouldn’t argue the point now.Even in those with northern or western European ancestry, the figure rises to between just 2-6pc. But, according to one study, 20 million of us in the UK alone are carriers of the ginger gene – so don’t get too complacent before you’ve actually had children. According to the ancient Greek poet Xenophanes, the Thracians were red-haired.Much of this is apparently to do with recessive genes, chromosome 16 and a variation of the MC1R protein. Today there are orange-haired Polynesians and you might encounter a ginger Berber in north Africa.With our freckles typically standing out against our white skin we don’t conform to an unhelpful stereotype of what it means to look like a man.And maybe that’s why the beard helps, adding a certain manliness to our appearance.