Branding? Why?!!!

United States
April 30, 2007 11:26am CST
OK so I've been browsing the Internet and went to Wikianswers.com. Its where you can ask any question and people answer it. Kinda like here. Well I answered this questions... "Is Branding Your Girlfriend Wrong?" Now I've heard of this practice becoming a problem in large cities lately. Ever since they made it harder for kids to get tattoos, this practice has gained in popularity. Branding is an ancient ritual. Its mentioned in the Bible and it was first used to mark livestock especially when there was a lot of open range. It denotes ownership. They marked slaves in Roman times, and African American slaves here were often branded less than 200 years ago. It was also used on people of Jewish descent in Germany I believe, but I could be wrong and they might have been given tattoos. I think that this recent 'trend' among young people is wrong. But I'm interested in your ideas? Why is it popular now? What are kids thinking about it? What makes kids do these kinds of things to themselves? Lets talk!
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@Drakhan (241)
• United States
30 Apr 07
First, I'm opposed to branding or tattooing to show ownership or love or whatever is just stupid. I've been married three times and I'd look like a freakin phone book if I'd done that. Not to mention all those women walking around with my name on them. But I think kids do it because they're romantics who believe they'll always be together and they want to show that to the world. You'll never convince them it's not a good idea any more than you'll convince them that in 10 years they won't remember what the current love of their life looks like. It's just human nature.
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• United States
24 May 07
Thank you for the response Drakhan. My husband has tattoos, I don't. He thinks they are awesome and cool and tell a story about his life and Yeah I kind of like his tat's. He even has our kids baby footprints with their names and dates of birth on his back. I used to tease him that he was beginning to look a bit like a welcome matt for munchkins. But yes, I suppose I never thought about the fact that kids might think branding was a romantic notion.
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
30 Apr 07
I don't see anything wrong with it, if it's done in a sanitary manner and by adults. Just like tattoos, because it's there forever once it's there; I don't think people under 18 should do it. Whether it's a form of body art to you, like a tattoo or piercing; or if it's a symbol of your relationship, or whatever- if you are an adult & you wish to modify your body in this way- that's your business.
• United States
30 Apr 07
I agree that adults, 18 or over have the implicit right to do whatever they want to their bodies. Thank god I don't have any desire to do this to my body. But for the sake of the argument, if my daughter was 18 and chose to do this... I think I would be very upset. At her and the guy in question. I would hope that I taught her to respect her body, to respect herself as well. I would hate to think that she would want to serve someone rather than to be someone's partner, or that the man she was with would inflict any kind of pain on my daughter or mar her. I would hope that they both would respect eachother enough not to feel that they need to brand eachother to be connected. No matter what age she is, I'd still be upset about it.
• United States
5 Mar 08
I have never heard of this, was there an article you heard this in, could you tell me? I do not think its strange for kids to do it, especially if they cannot get a legit tatto, who would DO it (brand a kid)? Whats this about parents doing it, yea, I can see in ancient times, thats different--the conditions, social classes, customs have changed MUCH since then so why would parents feel it necessary today?? "....Your Girlfriend"--WHAT?!