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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tattoos & Piercings: The Modern Form of Discrimination in America

There is a new form of discrimination brewing in America and that is against the current culture of tattoos and piercings. I am here to dismantle all of the negative myths plaguing this country and expose the truth. I defend this culture because I believe in freedom of expression. I will also be exposing the hypocrisy that is taking place in the current job market concerning the hiring of people with tattoos and piercings and how it is effecting hard working, honest people such as myself.



Tattoos and piercings have only recently gone mainstream. A nationwide poll reports that 36% of people between the ages of 25 - 29 have at least one tattoo and that percentage is steadily rising. Take an honest look around you the next time you are out on the weekend. You will instantly note that more people than you thought have some type of tattoo and/or piercing. You will also note that the younger the person is the more tattoos/piercings they have.

Let's investigate some of the common assumptions made about people with tattoos and piercings.

gang affiliations

has been to prison

does drugs

worships satan

untrustworthy

etc.etc.

Notice a trend? They are all negative.

Now it's not that people in prison and in gangs don't have tattoos because they do. The problem is that they do not represent the rest of the world who has tattoos and is not a criminal.

Has it not occured to anyone to actually look and see what the f***ing tattoo is of?

Would you honestly say that the guy in prison with the "666" tattoo should be on the same level as the girl in college who has a tattoo of a sparrow and flowers on her shoulder?

Pure ignorance is to blame for the incorrect stereotyping of the tattooed and pierced.

Why aren't tattoos appreciated for their artistic value and respected due to the personal value they hold for someone?

Ignorance is to blame, just as it is for racism and sexism.

Rather than seeing the content of the tattoo many people only see "a tattoo".

So yes, while some people in gangs and in prison get tattoos they should not be compared to regular people with non threatening tattoos.

Clearly this can be an everyday problem for someone with tattoos and piercings but the real problem comes when it's time to look for a job.

Employer's are not allowd to turn people down based on the color of their skin, sex, age, or sexual preference but when it comes to tattoos and piercings it is fair game. How is this okay?

Some people would argue that people of color did not "choose" to make themselves that color where as people with tattoos made a conscience decision to put color on themselves.

But really the question comes down to this. If you can't discriminate against the color of someone's skin then people with tattoos should not be discriminated against. Only the content of the tattoo should be up for judgement.

Because I am a part of this growing generation of people who get tattooes for their artistic and personal value, I feel I must defend others like me.

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