OK. So I got an assignment from a coach at my agency today about researching and giving my opinion on a controversial topic. I chose two. Here they are. FYI: OFFENDING PEOPLE IS NOT MY INTENTION! THESE ARE MERELY MY OPINIONS! Nothing more…
This is a topic that hits home with me. I have nine tattoos and my dad is very much against them. I basically had to trick my dad into giving me permission to get my 1st tattoo. I got my first tattoo when I was 17 and my dad was not very happy. Still, I think if you are old enough to make up your mind as to what you want…and be able to think it through…I say it’s your body, your choice. I wanted to get a tattoo when I was 16. My mom made me think it over for almost a year before she took me to get it. My mom isn’t against tattoos per se, but I think she thinks there is a limit. As do I. All my tattoos actually mean something to me. If you get a tattoo just for the thrill of getting a tattoo…to me, you are missing the point. I hate when I see a tattoo and I ask someone what it means. “I don’t know. I just wanted a tattoo.” I have a Celtic Knot on my shoulder with Irish insignia around it, for my Irish heritage. The only tattoo that has almost no direct link to me is the Hawaiian tribal band on my upper right arm. I got that the first time I was in Hawaii. I don’t regret getting it, but Hawaii has almost nothing to do with me apart from the fact I have been there twice. I have a tattoo of the Autism puzzle piece, due to my Autism. I have Jack Skellington on my leg, because NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is my favorite movie…EVER! I have a tattoo of the BEATLES’ Yellow Submarine because it was a simple design and THE BEATLES are my favorite group of all time. I have a tattoo on my inner left leg of Natty Boh because he is a Baltimore icon. I have a tattoo of ANIMAL from the Muppets because I absolutely love the Muppets. And last, I have a tattoo of a Maryland Blue Crab with the Maryland flag as the shell because I am from Baltimore and am damn proud of it! So all of my tattoos have significance and meaning. And if you want to get a memory of something you are proud of: go for it!
This is another controversial topic. I do not want to stir the pot or fuel the fire or anything, but I am against it. I feel it is mutilation. I am, but I had it done when I was 18 so I can attest first-hand as to the horrors of going through it. Yes, most boys have it done at birth, so they don’t remember getting it done, but they can still feel pain. And what about girls in the United States? We don’t cut off part of their vaginas when they are born. And in the US, it is viewed as an abnormality if you are uncut. “EW! THAT’S GROSS!” Um…no it’s not. It’s the way God intended males to be. I am not being insensitive here. I understand people do it for religious purposes, like the Jewish faith and I am not by any means saying “You’re wrong!”. I would never do that. I just have a hard time understanding the point behind why American parents mutilate their sons every day. I am having a hard time deciding what to say without pissing people off. Because I know there are people out there who agree with me, and likewise, I know there are people out there who disagree with me. And that is OK. As I said, I am not here to ruffle any feathers. My assignment was to pick one or two controversial issues or topics. This is that topic. I am telling you my view on this very controversial issue. My girlfriend is Jewish, and her opinion on the subject is very different than mine. She sees it as a covenant with God. I see it as an abomination and insult to males. But even though our opinions vary, our ultimate goal is the same…happiness. I am open to discussing this issue with people within reason. If you are willing to hear me out…I am willing to hear you out. Peace!