Friday, January 09, 2015

Opinions and truth...

Well folks, there we were...

Actually, I was browsing Twitter and came across a tweet that said women with tattoos are unattractive. I scrolled back to find a shout out from a Belfast Telegraph reporter for women with tattoos who would like to be interviewed for a short article. I, of course, got in touch, and then delved deeper into the mind of the person who simply said tatttos made women ugly.

When questioned, the guy said even tattoos made women unattractive, and he wondered why we would disfigure ourselves. Okay... I kept asking, and this guy thinks anyone with a tattoo or piercing has "artificial body dysmorphia" which "makes them unattractive." Well, this seemed weird, because I don't think there is anything wrong with my body (ok.. I need to shed the holiday weight to get back into my costumes...), and I do NOT have body dysmorphia. So I challenged his "opinion", saying that his assumption was wrong.

Now apparently the truth about my mental health did not matter because, and I quote "It's true (my opinion), valid (my opinion), meaningful (to me) and real (to me).". He then accused me of being a bigot.

I, of course, carried on for a while... but I was left baffled. This person things piercings (even earrings) and tattoos ugly and offensive. He thinks they make people unattractive. Okay, that is fine. A bit broad..but hey ho. However, his "opinion" as to WHY we get piercied and inked.. that's crossing the line. Sure, he can think that. But when he was directly challenged he still insisted that I must hate myself so much that I disfigure myself...

When is opinion no longer opinion, but an insult?

And.. more importantly, do you have ink or piercings? Why did you get them?