Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Body Modifications in the work place

There are not to many professional jobs that allow visual tattoos or piercings in the work place and now that we are graduating college and looking for professional careers it is truly something to think about. Many companies feel that it looks unprofessional and people who partake in these body modifications are faced with the stereotypes that have been around forever for these people. The label that these people face in the workplace is that they are rougher and less educated then people who do not partake in body mods. It is sad to think that people think this way just because of what people do to their body, without first meeting the person, who may be more civilized then the person initially making these stereotypical judgments. It has been said that nearly 50 percent of people 18-29 have one tattoo or a piercing other than the earlobes, which means that many of these people in the next decade will have either a piercing or a tattoo. As time moves on body modifications are becoming more and more accepted as our society grows, but for now they will remain as something that will not be accepted in many professional careers. Even though one might love their tattoos and piercings, it is not worth being unemployed for. There are some places that will allow tattoos and piercing, but most professional careers will not allow anything that is visible. As much as i like my lip ring...I will not it let it effect my future career opportunities. This is the one good thing about piercings as apposed to tattoos, piercings are only temporary. With a piercing one can just take it out while at and interview and even at their job and put it back in when the day is done. For many, these body modifications defines a person's personality, but it should not effect one search for a career.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that stereotypes of piercings and tattoos may be taboo and society needs to move past these typical stereotypes in order to have a wider world view and acceptance. In some societies tattoos are referred to as body art and certain tattoos and piercings symbolize a form of status. Hopefully the Y-generation will be able to move past these cliché stereotypes, although changing the typecasts people create in regards to functional organization in the brain may be hard to reverse. Stereotypes will need to be changed at a young age in order to be stoutly effective.