The other day, I was at Starbucks and I noticed a girl sitting in the corner with body piercings. I’m sure you’ve seen this before with the nose ring and other ornamental pieces pierced through the skin. In fact, she also had some pretty cool tattoos, and other people at Starbucks weren’t sure what to make of her, as there was an older couple sitting across from her who would even look at her.
Since the girl was alone, I decided to start a conversation with her. Apparently, she was waiting for her boyfriend to come, and when he did, she also had body piercings. Okay, let’s talk about this for a second, shall we?
Some might assume that people who have decorative body art have low self-esteem, and maybe that’s why they went and did this. Some may think that they are quirky or a bit out of place. Some people may even find it strange, disgusting, and totally socially unacceptable. Still, I ask; Why the stigma? There was nothing wrong with this girl, she was quite nice, as was her boyfriend, and they enjoyed the personal expressionism that came with her attached art. It is your body, no one else’s, therefore it is nobody else’s business, and we should applaud your individuality, not condemn it.
After all, in the United States we are allowed liberty and liberty, and they fully enjoy theirs, and why shouldn’t they. Now you could say that it is socially unacceptable and that they cannot work in a corporate office or do many other things because of their current appearance. But if society sets those rules to avoid, punish or expel them, then society is the one with the problem, not the individual who chooses to express himself, oh and a bit for your information here as I write this, I do. I personally do not have tattoos or body piercings, and I am only approaching it from a psychological and philosophical level.
You might think they wouldn’t have many friends, but their expressionism and body piercings unite them to other people like themselves, and it’s a counterculture, and their group is much more united than the larger society, or all of your members. friends on Facebook for that matter. Next time you see someone with body piercings, why not come up and say hi? I think if you do and talk to him for a few moments, you will start to see exactly what I am saying here today. Don’t be so critical. We are told not to judge a book by its cover, and yet in society it seems that we do it every day; Why? Consider all of this and think about it.