So I’ve seen this post a lot, about the want for equal job prospects for those of us who have tattoos, piercings, coloured hair, or other body modifications.
Ummm. Don’t get me wrong, I totally agree with this. Yes for equality.
Except where it was stated that it was ‘like not hiring somebody because of their gender or skin colour…’ No. No. It’s not like that at all. Are they both discrimination? Sure! Do we choose to modify ourselves? Yes. Do people choose their races or gender identities as freely? Nope. I sort of knew that argument would be thrown in there (isn’t it always?) but oh lord. We choose to do this to ourselves. Everybody deserves equality, but don’t equate our struggles with those of said groups. As a white, cis, modified person one huge concern is finding a good job because of how we look. Not, oh I don’t know, let’s say… being murdered because of it, or violently attacked (yes, cases like Sophie Lancaster but BIG PICTURE HERE PEOPLE please), or raped, or generally all out systematically oppressed in countless ways for hundreds upon hundreds of years.
Sigh, end rant. Thoughts?
Body modification in my opinion is a beautiful thing. People should choose to look however they want to, or for many people its about the process more than a certain look. To each their own. Employers have an idea of how they want their customers to feel and have a educated impression of what kind of customers they have or will have. If the employer does not want to make their customers feel nervous OR make themselves feel nervous by hiring a person with…whatever it is you might have: dreadlocks, dyed hair, tattoos, piercings etc etc. That is their choice. Just like getting that thing changed on your body was yours…YOU chose to make yourself look different. Body modification should never be done without fully examining the impact of your decision as often times body mods are permanent. We all made a choice to severely limit our employment possibilities when we added mods whether we were aware of it or not, end of story: case closed.
Also, I don’t know what change is she looking for to end this discrimination. Employers are forced by law to have a certain percentage of skin color in their work force and receive TAX BREAKS if they ‘happen’ to hire more than that. Are we looking for that sort of action? Every employer must have a certain percentage of their work force have body modifications? On a long enough timeline in that version of the future, we will have people doing things to their body they DO NOT want to do just to get employed. Is that what we want?
Not what I want. Body modification is an institution that I am still learning about but this much I know: it is a declaration of individuality in a world that tries to make us all the same. When we try to force the world to accept our weird, we pay the price of it becoming mainstream and therefore destroying the very nature of the weird. I think when you choose to get body modifications you are choosing to have the world look at you for the weirdo that you are. That to me is the beautiful thing about body mods, so we should keep it that way.
Also: BEING DISCRIMINATED FOR BODY MODS (I hesitate to use so harsh of a word as ‘discriminate) CAN NOT EVEN BE COMPARED TO BEING DISCRIMINATED FOR SKIN COLOR.