Body Modification and Judgement
October 30, 2006 11:26pm CST
I know that from a religious perspective body modification is a very sensitive subject, and many of you may be rather religious. I am sure I will be asked why I feel that it is not sinful to alter my body the way I see fit is a sin and this is how I feel about it: Leviticus 19:28 says that I should not make cuttings in my flesh to honor the dead. None of my tattoos nor piercings were done to honor anyone who has past away. Therefore, I do not see it as sinful. But the religious aspect of this question is not the point of this thread. I am interested in your views on the social judgement of others who are different than you. The question that I was asked, to which I replied in another forum was "should we judge people by what they have done to their body?" This is how I replied: "I deal with people judging me everyday because of the way I look. I have piercings in my face, tattoos all over my arms, at time my hair is odd colors. Even though *I* like the way I look, I think deep down there is a part of everyone that wants to be acceptable to society. That doesn't mean that society has the right to judge me, but they do anyway. I try my best to not be that type of person-- to not treat others the way I myself am treated." I deal with the judgement the most often in regard to my son. I have actually been told that someone who looks like me has no business raising children. I am assuming that she is assuming that because I practice a (mild) form of body mod, I must also be a terrible person, I make bad choices, I drink and do drugs, and I must be a paganistic heathen--I am overall unfit for society. What she doesn't see is that I don't touch drugs, I drink no more that one drink a sitting maybe once or twice a year, I am a loving a caring mother who only thinks for her child, and I am quite religious. Does she have a right to judge me? Do those who judge view one such as I, who has a blatant disregard for what is deemed socially acceptable (in appearance), as a threat? Or is it sheer disgust that I would take the liberty to alter myself. I have also noticed that women are judged on this more than men. What are your thoughts on that, as well?
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4 Nov 06
Wow, you have made some very good points on this subject. I would have to say no its not right for people to place judgemnt on someone just becasue of the way they look. This absolutely has no relevence on rather or not you have any parenting skills. People judge everyday though for many situations. I mean there are people who think they can judge you by the fact you dont have your toenails painted perfect when your wearing sandals. and they think they have u pegged. I dont beleive that you will ever get away from this. The society we love in is very judgmental. I also beleive when one alters there body in such ways that brings attention people are going to look more than once to see what u have done. They may or may not be judging but yet curious. Which should be ok, afterall its there for a reason, to be seen my your self and others. Its nice to be unique and be able to represent yourself anyway you want. Remember that in the end all those people really dont have any real impact on you in your life. Embrass the ones who except you and teach the ones who dont. I beleive you are probably a great mother and will move a long way in life. Keep up your good attitude. There are to many social stereotypes out there to beat them.