Week 4: Body art
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addresses stereotypes surrounding people with what is commonly referred to as body art.
Hi everyone! It’s Georgina! For my part of this project, I’m writing about the discrimination against people with tattoos, piercings, and non natural hair colours. I know I could’ve done a post on gender equality, or racial equality, but I’m sure lots of people are already doing that. Also, as someone who wants to gets more piercings, tattoos, and maybe dye my hair, I want to be able to keep whatever job I have and not have people thinking I’m weird, or some sort of criminal.
Some of the problems people have with tattoos, piercings and non-natural hair colours is that they are not professional or they are distracting. I mean, you may have lost hours to Netflix, Tumblr, or YouTube, but have you ever lost any time due to seeing a person with purple hair? Or someone with a tattoo or piercing? When someone gets a job, the only thing that should matter is that they meet the specifications for the job, not what they look like. Let’s say, if you were sick and needed to be treated by a doctor, and you had the choice of a doctor who is fully qualified but has heaps of tattoos and piercings and purple hair, or an unqualified doctor who is tattoo and piercing free, with natural hair, who would you choose? As long as they’ve been to medical school, it shouldn’t matter which one treats you! The tattoos on someone’s skin does not affect their ability to work well, and not having tattoos, piercings and coloured hair doesn’t mean you can work well. New Zealand police are allowed as many tattoos as they want, provided they aren’t on their neck, face, hands, or offensive. They’re even allowed piercings as long as they won’t be dangerous during the job. Meanwhile people with careers like teachers, doctors and nurses, flight attendants, or even shop attendants often can’t get jobs because of their tattoos, piercings, or hair. Flight attendants can’t have visible tattoos, more than a few piercings on their ears, or any unnatural hair colours, but as long as they aren’t offensive or dangerous, police can have as many tattoos and piercings as they want!
Have you ever been told by someone that you can’t do something because you’re not ‘that type of person’? There are heaps of negative stereotypes around people with piercings, tattoos and coloured hair. Rebellious, irresponsible, unintelligent, in a gang, or a criminal are just a few that came up on Google. Right now, 1 in 5 New Zealanders have tattoos. If you went along with the stereotypes, it would mean that 20% of New Zealanders are irresponsible drop-outs who are in gangs. Sure, there probably are some people who fit that category, but 20% of New Zealand? That’s a lot of people. Also, thanks to these stereotypes, a lot of people assume that parents with tattoos, piercings, and non-natural hair colours are abusive, ditch their kids with the other parent and leave, or just not around from the first place. What about all of the celebrities who have kids and tattoos! Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who have 6 kids, and who also contribute to heaps of charities? Their kid’s lives are automatically awful because of their parent’s tattoos! And Pete Wentz, the bassist of Fall Out Boy? Man, Bronx and Saint must be just… I don’t want to even think about what their lives must be like, due to the tattoos Pete has! Obviously, I’m being sarcastic, but some people do think this way!
We really need to change the stereotypes about people with tattoos, piercings, and dyed hair. Most of the time, these people are normal. It’s just the small percentage of people who aren’t normal with tattoos, piercings, and dyed hair, who give the rest a bad reputation, just like with any group or community of people.
I really hope you enjoyed reading my post! I really enjoyed writing it! I don’t have anything else to say, so I’ll end the post here so I don’t ramble.