Very good article on tattoos in the workplace.
Opinions about body art have grown as diverse as the images themselves. From snowflakes to swastikas, some people see self-absorption where others see self-empowerment. And others don’t burden themselves with what it all means — they simply wanted their dead dog immortalized on their thigh. People with tattoos interviewed for this article said they wished society was less prejudiced about them. At the same time, the abnormality can be part of the allure.
I have dedicated much of this blog to pointing out articles and comments that I felt were prejudicial or judgmental against people with tattoos. The key word being people, not tattoos.
The reality of being tattooed is that you will meet people who don’t like your tattoos. The uglier reality is that you may also meet people who don’t like YOU because of your tattoos. Being able to distinguish between these two things is extremely important.
While browsing a Tattoo themed board on Pinterest I saw a picture of a very attractive woman with a full sleeve of tattoos. The comments were mostly positive until someone left a very simple one-word comment, “GROSS”. Soon after, another person said, “she could be beautiful”. These comments caused quite an outrage. One woman responded with the following:
Who gave anyone the right to judge? Judy or Suha why don’t you post a picture so we can comment about you?
Who gave anyone the right to judge? This image was posted on a website that allows and encourages commenting. I believe that gives everyone that views it the right to share their opinions. And isn’t it a bit hypocritical to ask someone to post their picture so that you can judge them based on it while shaming them for their own judgments?
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I think it’s time that the old saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” needs a revision. I just can’t agree that you should be silenced if you have nothing nice to say. As long as you are capable of making an intelligent argument, the message doesn’t necessarily need to be a nice one.
I’m always up for a good debate and try to base my arguments on information that is accurate and truthful. While sitting in front of a computer, there is no excuse for posting “facts” that can easily be proven wrong with a quick Google search. So, why is it that the comment forms on internet news columns always seem to attract the self-proclaimed experts on everything?
I recently came across this comment in an article discussing the outrage of Lisa Khoury’s recent column.
As for tattoos and piercings: The reaction of people who don’t like tattoos and piercings is a visceral fact of the human condition that tattooed and pierced people will have to accept -they will never win. That visceral reaction is a force of nature, an instinct greater than any “righteous” claim to self-expression. The friction goes back to the human epoch of tribalhood. Tattoos and body piercings were warnings to outsiders that you are looking at the enemy.
My first reaction was, “where the hell is he getting this nonsense from?”, so I posted the following response.