Definition A popular quasi-facetious term for a ditzy or scatterbrained episode, based on the stereotype of blonde women as unintelligent.
The term blond moment may be of recent (1990s) vintage. The term dumb blonde is historically linked to a French courtesan named Rosalie Duthe, who was satirised in a 1775 play Les curiosites de la Foire for her habit of pausing a long time before speaking, appearing not only stupid but literally dumb (mute).
Annette Kuhn divided blonde stereotypes into:
(1) Ice-cold blonde–who hides a fire beneath an exterior of coldness–e.g., Grace Kelly;
(2) Blonde bombshell–whose explosive sexuality is available to men at a price–e.g., Marilyn Monroe;
(3) Dumb blonde–whose overt, natural sexuality is linked to profound ignorance–e.g., Jayne Mansfield.