I came across this article the other night via a friend’s Facebook status posting. The article is so aptly titled “Why Put a Bumper Sticker on a Ferrari?” by Lisa Khoury. Upon reading this, I was initially infuriated by this individuals closed-minded, and frankly, uninformed opinion. To liken getting tattooed to putting a bumper sticker on a Ferrari is as flat out idiotic as it is completely judgmental. As I’ve come across this article several times since then, it’s made me more sad than angry.
It sucks how engrained the idea of feminity/masculinity and gender roles are in society. The author talks about going shopping, joining a yoga class or gym instead of getting tattooed, stating, “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.” This belief is something that absolutely infuriates me. Women are taught they must look, act, and do things a certain way to be considered a lady. As the author states, getting your nails done, buying trendy clothes, and wearing high heels and what a woman should consider to be “the finer things in life;” “the finer things in life” are associated with what a woman enjoys (let’s not even get into how pathetic it is that this girl thinks getting your nails done and going shopping as finer things in life), but to deviate from that mindset is to be considered classless and not elegant. Thoughts like these just help perpetuate a flawed and backward thought system that still plagues our society.
Other than the rampant sexism in this article, the author’s complete judgmental and uninformed opinion made me want to gag. The author states, “Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that’s it. You do something productive, though, and you see results. That’s a genuine, satisfying change in life. Not ink,” which is nothing but complete and utter bullshit. To have this mindset would mean that any kind of art, whether it’s a painting, music, photograph, etc., has no value because you’ve done nothing productive. Reading this pissed me off the most. Fuck you, Lisa Khoury, and anyone that thinks like you. I’d rather be around individuals, guy or girl, that can appreciate the value of art and/or tattoos, rather than someone that thinks going to the mall is considered one of “the finer things in life.” Your argument is as valid as the turd that I flushed down the toilet last night. Also, your journalistic capability could probably be rivaled by a high schooler.
I guess the point that I am trying to make is don’t do anything, whether it’s getting a tattoo or going shopping, because it’s something that you feel you’re supposed to do to fit into a certain mold that society has created for us. Also, inform yourself before you make idiotic comments, because, as Lisa may see, making uninformed, dumbass comments can sometimes bite you in the ass. Fuck society’s views on what it means to be a man or a woman. Be who you want to be. Lastly, but surely not least, getting tattooed/tattoos fucking is awesome. If you don’t appreciate tattoos, that is fine and well, but I definitely think it’s something you’re missing out on.
Edit: I also forgot to mention how gung ho this girl is about materialism. Apparently, buying clothes and shoes at the mall is much more worthwhile than getting something that will last with you your entire life.