We All Have Body Modifications
As most of you may know by looking at my pictures, I’m not what you may call a “normal-looking person”. I say that coming from someone who lives in the bible belt and not in a huge city. I have turquoise or green colored bangs, long black hair, 6 piercings, and 1 tattoo. Sometimes I wear really weird jewelry and clothes. I have been asked if I am evil or if I have “at least been baptised”. When people meet me at times they won’t look me in the eye, will right out stare at me or think that I will be completely rude; then I end up being very, very sweet indeed. Usually I get really great compliments and people flock to me perhaps because of my energy and looks….but other times not so much. I know that I am not alone. It’s hard out there for a goth! lol. Occasionally people do not take us seriously when it comes to jobs or other similar subjects just because of the way we look. “It must be really hard to find a job.” “I have one :).” My dentist’s assistant told me that she loved my bangs and has always wanted to do something like that but is scared to bring it up to her boss. I told her, “It’s just hair. Would it change your work ability or effort?”….silence…”It would be no different if you were dyeing it blonde. It doesn’t matter.” …silence…She said, “It does to some people.” Let me rephrase that, it shouldn’t.
What do you consider body modification?
My definition of body modification is changing any part of your body to make it different from its natural state for any non-medical reason. That INCLUDES: cutting your hair (even trimming it), dyeing your hair any color, shaving, brushing your hair, wearing makeup, plucking hair, painting your nails, changing your clothes, trimming your nails, plastic surgery, and yes tattoos and piercings. Everyone modifies their bodies! If we did not modify our bodies we would all be boring, hairy people with long nails and dreadlocks. Yes, natural dreadlocks. Not that I have anything against them <3. Your bi-annual haircut or your favorite nail polish that you paint on every week is no more a part of you than my vertical labret piercing is a a part of me. Without it….I just wouldn’t be me. We choose how we want to modify our bodies. Just because you can’t imagine having that thing in your nose or your hair fuschia doesn’t mean that it’s wrong for someone else. And it doesn’t mean that they worship the devil or don’t have manners. They are simply body modifications. You should know all about them.