Tattoosday: A bit of a rant

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

 I'm interrupting the broadcast of today's regularly scheduled post in light of a recent article that's been circulating the blogosphere and internet like wildfire that got me a little worked up.  Okay a lot worked up.  About a week ago a student journalist from the University of Buffalo wrote an article Why Put a Bumper Sticker on a Ferrari? as a counterargument opinion piece to a pro-tattoo article written by a fellow student.  In the article, the author discusses tattoos, arguing that women who chose to "vandalize their temples" with ink are classless, unappreciative of their own bodies, and without morals or values.

Lisa writes...
"But something girls seem to forget nowadays, or maybe have not been taught, is that women hold the world's class and elegance in their hands, as well. So what's more attractive than a girl with a nice body? I'll tell you what: a girl with class. Looks may not last, but class does. And so do tattoos.

An elegant woman does not vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body. She appreciates it. She flaunts it. She's not happy with it? She goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done. She enjoys the finer things in life, all with the body she was blessed with.

But marking it up with ink? That's just not necessary."

As someone who is tattooed, I disagreed with many of Lisa's ideas of tattooing as an act of rebellion or as as a point to prove to myself as a matter of principle; my decision to tattoo cannot be summed up by a simple generalization. I'm not even offended by the author's personal distaste for tattoos, to each their own. As a woman however,what I find troubling is the way in which Lisa described what a true "classy woman" is. According to Lisa in order to "honor our beauty" a classy woman replaces replaces tattoos with high heels, lavish clothing, trips to the mall, and getting our nails done. In no way does she mention that true class is reflected in how we as women (and men,) conduct ourselves, her arguement is based on what you look like on the outside. Lisa's article goes against the very ideas we learned as children; that beauty lies on the inside and not to judge a book by it's cover. Her argument based on stereotypes and judgment is anything but classy.

Thanks for listening to my little rant today friends!  I promise Tattoosday will be back next week featuring ocean and nautical tattoos with two of my favorite men,Big Al and Jonah!

7 comments:

  1. I read this silly B's article. Just trashity-trash. Well said.

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  2. Woot woot! I thoroughly enjoyed this. Please rant more often.

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  3. Her argument is pretty sexist, too. And what is up with the last line? How will having a tattoo make your grandkids question "their basic values and morals"? Silly.

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  4. My thoughts exactly Kim. She has a pretty interesting rebuttal to the thousands of responses she got, I'll find it and post it as well.

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  5. there's no better way to appreciate and flaunt the body you're blessed with than putting a tattoo on it!

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