i know, a SERIOUS post here?
sisterfromanothermister had posted on facebook about these videos, and it reminded me about how much i fucking hate them. i hate these videos and i hate the stereotypes that accompany being modified.
for my new readers and to spark other's memories, i am modified. i have both of my nostrils pierced, two lower lip piercings (one on each side), and my ear lobes stretched to 6g, or 4mm. i have nine tattoos, on my upper arms, legs, back, shoulder, and neck. one is always visible, another is usually visible. i also have pink and orange hair. which is awesome. but not really considered a modification by most people.
i am going to link to both of these videos here. the piercing one does show an actual lip piercing, so if you're super squeamish about needles, you might want to skip it.
okay. now i will be the first to say that i think that chick has a few too many piercings on her face, but guess what? it's not my face. so it's not my decision. i personally wouldn't have that many. but i think she's beautiful and unique and being true to herself. i think the guy with all the tattoos is amazing. his body is truly a canvas and he too is beautiful and being true to himself.
HOWEVER the 'organization' that posted these videos is using them in an anti-binge drinking campaign with the slogan 'some people just don't know when to stop'.
so they are comparing BINGE DRINKING with HEAVY BODY MODIFICATION.
while it is true that there can be health complications with some body modification, there is no way that it is anywhere NEAR as harmful to people as binge drinking. my piercings and tattoos do NOT directly affect anyone except me. binge drinking can affect not only the drinker, but those around them - friends, family, etc. and forget about if they get in a car - they are basically a fucking accident waiting to happen.
i guess i felt the need to share this for a few reasons. one is to prove that not all modified people are the same - we are typically stereotyped into young people with psychotic disorders, young people trying to be different and/or fit in, bikers, oddballs, freaks, what have you. many of us are mostly normal people, living the same kind of life that you are, just with a couple of extra holes in our bodies. there is no reason to change tables and not sit near us. i have personally experienced shit like that more times than i care to count. at diners, awesome husband and i have been seated in the noisy teenager section, i'm sure because of how we look, and we are quiet, courteous adults who should not have to put up with that bullshit. we too are paying customers and are capable of acting like adults instead of hyenas on fucking crack.
videos like this just do more to make modified people look more like outsiders, like we're crazy (i mean, i AM crazy, but that hasn't anything to do with my modifications) or dangerous. it fucking EQUATES US TO BINGE DRINKERS.
let me know what you think. i know i'm overly sensitive to shit like this, but still. does knowing about my piercings and tattoos change how you feel about what i write? or make you look at me in a different way? do you find yourself looking at or treating modified people differently? SHARING TIME!