Why Tattoos Should Be Allowed In The Workplace

Why Tattoos Should Be Allowed In The Workplace

Because discrimination isn't acceptable.
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While tattoos have become more and more prevalent in today’s society, it is no secret that they are typically not deemed as “socially acceptable,” especially in the workplace. It is an incredibly confusing concept to me that an undeniably qualified person may be turned down from a job due to the simple fact that they have one or more visible tattoos on their skin.

Don’t get me wrong; I do understand that some tattoos can be viewed as inappropriate or unacceptable for specific professional settings. For example, I’m aware that a tattoo of a skull and crossbones on a second grade teacher’s forearm may be a terrifying sight for a seven-year old. However, a tattoo sleeve full of beautifully detailed, appropriate images should make no difference in deciding whether or not someone is eligible for a job position.

It is known that discrimination against gender, disabilities, sexuality, and race is not tolerated in the workplace today. There are even laws today to protect individuals against discrimination. It is illegal to turn someone away from a job because of their skin color, but completely legal to turn someone down because of a tattoo, and this makes absolutely no sense. To me, discriminating against those with tattoos should treated no differently than discriminating against someone who identifies as gay or bisexual, or who has a different color of skin. A small difference in your skin makes no difference in who you are. How you act towards someone with a tattoo, on the other hand, makes a big difference in your character. Society as a whole has come to the realization that there is no difference between someone with dark brown skin and someone with white skin, so the fact that people still view individuals with tattoos as lesser than those without is absolutely absurd.

Tattoos are a form of art: there is no denying that. A painting on a canvas is art, crayons on computer paper is art, and putting ink in your skin is art just the same. And to some people, this art holds so much significance and meaning. No one should have to feel like they cannot put something heartfelt and meaningful onto their own body because they will not be accepted in professional settings. As a 19-year-old girl with three tattoos, I have been told time and time again to be careful, because I’m going to have a heightened chance of being turned down for a job. Though I have strategically placed these three tattoos so that they are not visible under normal circumstances, it is frustrating to me that I had to put such beautiful images on places on my body that will go unseen the majority of the time.

To some people, that raises the question: why did you even get the tattoos in the first place if they will be hidden? My tattoos hold a great amount of personal meaning for me, and whether they are seen or not, I know that they are on my body permanently. The significance behind each of the tattoos will forever be a part of who I am, and it enrages me that if they were more visible on my body, a future employer may look me in the eye and tell me that I am not qualified for the position that I have worked so hard for, just because they do not like the artwork on my skin. Though I do have future plans for more tattoos, I still plan on placing them on parts of my body that will be hidden by clothing, regardless of the fact that I shouldn’t have to worry about where I put art on my skin.

While there is allegedly no room in the workplace for discrimination, it still occurs, and unfortunately, it is against a beautiful form of art. I do understand that some people are put off by tattoos, but think of it this way: an incredibly successful salesman has tattoos covering both of his arms. His tattoos are covered if his sleeves are rolled down, and therefore, they can’t be seen by shoppers or potential buyers. Even though he has tattoos on his body, he is still successful. Whether the tattoos are covered by clothing or not, they are still on his skin, and he is still the same person.

Tattoos are not, and never will be, an indicator of talent or skillset an individual has. I can only hope that one day, my children will be able to put art on their bodies wherever they see fit without having to worry about being shut down by an employer.

Cover Image Credit: http://blog.pennlive.com/midstate_impact/2009/07/large_TATTOO%2001%200719%20RMB.JPG

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I Am A Female And I Am So Over Feminists

I believe that I am a strong woman, but I also believe in a strong man.
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Beliefs are beliefs, and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I'm all about girl power, but in today's world, it's getting shoved down our throats. Relax feminists, we're OK.

My inspiration actually came from a man (God forbid, a man has ideas these days). One afternoon my boyfriend was telling me about a discussion his class had regarding female sports and how TV stations air fewer female competitions than that of males. In a room where he and his other male classmate were completely outnumbered, he didn't have much say in the discussion.

Apparently, it was getting pretty heated in the room, and the women in the class were going on and on about how society is unfair to women in this aspect and that respect for the female population is shrinking relative to the male population.

If we're being frank here, it's a load of bull.

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First of all, this is the 21st century. Women have never been more respected. Women have more rights in the United States than ever before. As far as sports go, TV stations are going to air the sports that get the most ratings. On a realistic level, how many women are turning on Sports Center in the middle of the day? Not enough for TV stations to make money. It's a business, not a boycott against female athletics.

Whatever happened to chivalry? Why is it so “old fashioned" to allow a man to do the dirty work or pay for meals? Feminists claim that this is a sign of disrespect, yet when a man offers to pick up the check or help fix a flat tire (aka being a gentleman), they become offended. It seems like a bit of a double standard to me. There is a distinct divide between both the mental and physical makeup of a male and female body. There is a reason for this. We are not equals. The male is made of more muscle mass, and the woman has a more efficient brain (I mean, I think that's pretty freaking awesome).

The male body is meant to endure more physical while the female is more delicate. So, quite frankly, at a certain point in life, there need to be restrictions on integrating the two. For example, during that same class discussion that I mentioned before, one of the young ladies in the room complained about how the NFL doesn't have female athletes. I mean, really? Can you imagine being tackled by a 220-pound linebacker? Of course not. Our bodies are different. It's not “inequality," it's just science.

And while I can understand the concern in regard to money and women making statistically less than men do, let's consider some historical facts. If we think about it, women branching out into the workforce is still relatively new in terms of history. Up until about the '80s or so, many women didn't work as much as they do now (no disrespect to the women that did work to provide for themselves and their families — you go ladies!). We are still climbing the charts in 2016.

Though there is still considered to be a glass ceiling for the working female, it's being shattered by the perseverance and strong mentality of women everywhere. So, let's stop blaming men and society for how we continue to “struggle" and praise the female gender for working hard to make a mark in today's workforce. We're doing a kick-ass job, let's stop the complaining.

I consider myself to be a very strong and independent female. But that doesn't mean that I feel the need to put down the opposite gender for every problem I endure. Not everything is a man's fault. Let's be realistic ladies, just as much as they are boneheads from time to time, we have the tendency to be a real pain in the tush.

It's a lot of give and take. We don't have to pretend we don't need our men every once in a while. It's OK to be vulnerable. Men and women are meant to complement one another—not to be equal or to over-power. The genders are meant to balance each other out. There's nothing wrong with it.

I am all for being a proud woman and having confidence in what I say and do. I believe in myself as a powerful female and human being. However, I don't believe that being a female entitles me to put down men and claim to be the “dominant" gender. There is no “dominant" gender. There's just men and women. Women and men. We coincide with each other, that's that. Time to embrace it.

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25 Things You Know All Too Well If You're From The South

Are you really southern if you don't like BBQ?

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You may think that southern people only care about football. That could possibly be true, but you can't say that unless you've experienced living in the south first hand. There are many other things that make up a "southerner" rather than SEC football and sweet tea. If you've never been to one of the southern states, then you need to plan a trip.

1. You get the death stare if you don't say "yes ma'am or no sir"

2. SEC>NFL

3. You pull over on the highway when you see a funeral procession

4. Unsweet tea is for the Northern Folk

5. You can tell when someone "ain't from around here"

6. Shunnarah

7. There are only 2 seasons: Summer and Football

8. Krispy Kreme and BBQ are a delicacy 

9. You respect your elders.... well, you respect everybody or mama will whoop you

10. Pine trees are everywhere

11. Mosquitoes 

12. Snow shuts down the whole state. Even if its one inch

13. You go to church every Sunday

14. Everything is better with a monogram

15. Tornado warnings mean go outside and look for a funnel cloud. (but really. get to shelter)

16. Weddings are scheduled around football

17. Waffle House

18. Shorts and flip flops are the go to summer outfit (sometimes you can wear them in December!)

19. You say "thank you" when someone holds the door for you

20. And if you don't say "thank you", we will holler out "you're welcome"

21. Calling someone during a bowl game (Iron Bowl) is a sin

22. If you don't say "excuse me" we will holler "well excuse you"

23. Cornbread is a part of every meal

24. There is some sort of farm animal in your yard if they figure out how to escape

25. Almost every food is fried

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