I’m aware this isn’t strictly political, and strays slightly from the recent theme of blogs, but forgive me. It’s something I am fairly annoyed about.
A few days ago The Daily Mail posted a hideous article by Liz Jones on why women shouldn’t get tattoos. She delicately and profoundly talks about them as ‘tramp stamps’, saying such utterly ridiculous things as:
“They are a mark of temporary insanity, instantly turning the classiest, chicest woman into trailer trash. Not for nothing are they known as ‘tramp stamps’.”
Yes Liz. As women’s greatest goal and biggest achievement is to look classy and chic.
By the way, the picture at the top happens to by my own ‘tramp stamp’, and one of 5 I have, all very dear to me.
My main issue with this article is firstly, that Liz Jones obviously and vocally find tattoos on women hideous and distasteful, yet she does not mention once her opinion of tattoos on men. Clearly she thinks women’s duty is to look pretty and proper whilst men may do whatever they wish to their body.
Secondly, her main problem for the increasing number of people with tattoos is making them a fashion statement rather than an ‘act of rebellion’. Which presumes the only reason someone would have a tattoo would be to rebel. Not to, say, commemorate an important time in their life, or an important person, to remind themselves of the journeys and experiences they’ve been through, or infact for any other reason because it’s their own bloody body.
Whose business is it if a woman tattoos herself? We have no obligation to society to be ‘chic’ or ‘classy’.