Why Tattoos “Aren’t” Disgusting On Women
As all feminists work towards Breaking Stereotypes against women today, this too is a stereotypical taboo: ‘tattoos on women’. There are a million scientific reasons if you’re against women having tattoos, as to how dangerous it is, or how badly it could affect your health, and I wouldn’t disagree. But for the fact that you judge a person’s life and character based on the tattoo that she gets, is what I have a problem with! Tattoos can be for a million reasons too and it just depends on the person who has it! However, there a two kinds of people who get a tattoo; One, they do it for themselves, so they can be remembered and connected with something; Two, they do it for fun, to show off, just to fit into a particular group maybe. But what is it with ‘tattoos’ and women? Why are they so stereotyped as ‘disgusting’? Do you know why that woman has a tattoo? Or do you care to know? What if she’s not one of those wannabes who gets a tattoo only to show it off? And what if she even gets it even for show off? How does it matter to you so much?
Tattooing is an art and a rapidly developing trend today. Speaking of women in India, only a few women have tattoos, as compared to the men. What another ridiculous problem is, that men are considered to be studs and dudes if they have a tattoo, even if it’s some stupid one like an animal or a star or something. But when it comes to women, you know what it is? A TABOO! How can a tattoo make a woman look uneducated and cheap when you don’t even know what it means to her? Some might have tattoo nightmares, but not everyone does right? Tattoos on women are beautiful. Apparently, several women have tattoos for themselves and they choose to get it done in a place where no one can see, like their thighs or something, that’s if they aren’t wearing shorts or skirts. Women in India perhaps are misjudged extensively based on their tattoos. Sometimes when you see a girl with a tattoo, you think she’s fashionable or a show off, and sometimes you think she’s just stupid to get one. Like for instance, this friend of mine from college just got the Gayathri Mantra tattooed on her wrist and everyone thought it was fancy and cool, while some of them thought it was stupid. So did I initially, because why would you tattoo a prayer on your body? It’s like you keep forgetting it or something, like Ghajini. But, who are we to judge right? When I spoke to her, she said it meant a lot to her and hence, she believed it to be extremely powerful in her life. That changed my perception about tattoos on not just women, but on the whole.
One of the strangest yet truthful reasons why women want tattoos or how it changes their lives is that they love their bodies even more. As I said earlier, tattoos on women are beautiful and no one has a right to judge their lives just by a permanent art piece on their body. Sometimes, tattoos speak better for the person. Maybe you might have a tattoo of a dragon or some other powerful mythical creature and it tells you a little about the mentality of the person too. If you have a tattoo of your boyfriend, or husband, it may show how committed you are to that person on one hand, but on the other, it might make you regret it real bad. Tattoos should not define who you are, but in the world we live in, in most cases they sadly do because in a country where you are stared at for no matter whatever reason, tattoos also contribute to attracting attention to your body. But, at the same time, as we women, continue to break these little stereotypes in the country we live in, it’s high time where we have the freedom of choice. If you want a tattoo, get it done, wherever you want, but don’t do it just to fit into a particular peer group. But, nevertheless, always think and rationalize about it. Sometimes, you might regret it and sometimes you might not due to the people around you. Do it, because you want to do it, not because of how others will look at you afterwards!