Harper’s Bazaar Arabia Calendar 2012 By Swarovski Elements
She is an exceptional worker, great with people, bilingual, with the right degree, everything the company wants. She fills every job requirement and more. She exceeds the standards.
But you will deny her the job, without a doubt. She is clearly not professional enough for your formal office setting - what with the gauged ears and piercings and tattoos. (Or whatever it is you have a problem with.) She’ll stick out too much. And how can someone who looks that weird be responsible?
(I know, they look too young for that kind of job. Just go with it anyway. xD)
Does anyone see the problem with this? The hypocrisy of telling children not to judge people by their appearances, only to send them through school and college and into a job market that does just that? And it’s not just the job market doing the stereotyping.
It’s, well, a lot of people.
Father to son: “Don’t ever get a tattoo. You’ll automatically lose everyone’s respect.”
A friend to a friend: “Eww, don’t gauge your ears, it’s gross! You’ll smell like rotten cheese all the time!” (Um, not if you clean your lobes properly. t.t)
Mother to daughter: “Men like this are creepy. You should never hang out with them because they’re so weird looking that they’re obviously going to rape you!”
These quotations may be somewhat exaggerated, but a lot of people think this way. And a lot of people just don’t want these body mods for themselves, and shift their feelings onto others just for the fucking hell of it.
Like so: “I could NEVER get a tattoo, it looks so painful! Everyone who gets tattoos must be masochistic! Tattoos are mutilation!”
I want to get a few piercings and possibly tattoos someday. But even if I didn’t want any of that, doesn’t mean I wouldn’t have respect for people who do.
Now, there are certain fashion statements that are unsanitary, like not ever washing your clothes or growing your nails ridiculously long.
But if someone is responsible enough to clean their piercings and keep themselves infection free and bathed, then why should we care?
There are some body mods that are unhealthy for the owner, but they do no harm to others. And people are generally smart enough to look up the possible cons of a mod before they get it. (At least I’d hope so.)
So it comes down to this: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and even if someone is ugly to you doesn’t mean you can’t get along with them. Let’s stop being shallow and close minded and refrain from instant judgements.
Thank you bing images and crashburneffect! And if your picture is in this post, I can take it out or credit you. <3