That’s so 70s of you Raven

Like I said before, Raven is a DC comics character often considered to be Goth at least nowadays compared to her initial inception in the 80s where she’s supposed to be repressed and conflicted due to her upbringing.

Unsurprisingly she was also drawn to be more modestly drawn and somewhere at a CBR thread, it’s parsimonious that they went with the Goth aesthetic as it seemed more interesting than if she stuck with long skirts like she did in the 80s and early 90s.

If she had been created in the early 70s, she would’ve been more hippie-ish which says a lot about her being a byproduct of the times in the 80s where you have satanic panic and stuff. I guess with her original Marv Wolfman now writing her, she could be back to where she’s before.

There was a

There was a time, especially in 18th century Europe that being sentimentally attached to dogs was a bad thing. In that context, the only good dogs were working and useful dogs. All other dogs, for whatever reason, are deemed horrible. Stray dogs because they pester people and livestock and lapdogs because they’re useless and often single women’s companions.

A century earlier, they’d even be linked to witchcraft as evidenced from those documents and trials at the time. King James I not only gave people the definitive English translation of the Bible but also wrote Demonologie which includes dogs as linked to demons and witches. A century later, you’d have documents on old maids and their pet cats, dogs, monkeys and birds.

There was an old German cartoon which featured a hag and her pug. This was extensively mentioned in the book Hagestolz und Alte Jungfer which also has several other cartoons featuring those characters and their lapdogs. It’s in German though but having learn it before I get the gist of it.

Debates over Scandinavian mousy hair

There’s a debate at Stormfront over how many Swedes are naturally blond and there’s an anthropological survey where those with light brown/dark blond hair formed the majority with 62.5 % in Sweden and 50 % in Norway. Of course blond hair does darken to a degree depending on the individual and moreso if they’re genetically blond.

In the case with King Richard III, he was genetically confirmed to be blond and quite likely in the case with one painting he had light brown hair. Most Scandinavians could be naturally blond in a sense that they have the genes for it. Even if most of them are of the mousy blond variety.

If that’s the case, then blond hair’s not a big deal to them.

Semantic goalposts

Like I said before, while there’s no doubt that Sweden has one of the world’s highest levels of blond hair but when there’s more light hair around there’s going to be some curious distinction made between certain colours. The word råttfärgat hår often means a dull blond colour and sometimes light brown too.

If we take hair colour percentages and phenotypes into account, the average Swedish population is more likely to have dark blond, ash and light brown hair. Which is close to old anthropological reports and surveys. Similar things can be said of Poles, Germans and Lowlanders though I think they’d be more likely to fall under the latter two.

Pale enough to be blond elsewhere but dull enough to be mousy back home.

Ash blond

There was a study in a journal of Scandinavian psychology that blonde women were more likely to be approached in a bar or something. Though that’s understandable, keep in mind that if there’s substantially more blond hair in Scandinavia they could have a different idea of what’s really blond over there.

I’d suspect that the average Scandinavian would have somewhat dull blond hair so a light blond is blond to it. Russian language actually has a separate word for dull blond hair, albeit one that’s a legitimate colour term and it’s called russiy. That’s noted in one language blog.

Among the Dutch, Germans and Swedes there are specific derogatory words to describe light brown and mousy blond hair. In Swedish, it’s known as råttfärgat hår, a ratty blond hair. (The Dutch and German equivalents seemed to invoke brindle or striped dogs.) The Russian equivalent seemed neutral enough.

And the Polish version exactly translates to mousy blond. One could infer that light brown and dull blond hair are common in those places.