Why Tattoos Should Be Allowed In The Workplace

Why Tattoos Should Be Allowed In The Workplace

Because discrimination isn't acceptable.

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.

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23 Quotes And Lyrics For Independence Day In Pakistan

Yes, I might have chosen 23 because of March 23rd.

With Pakistan's Independence day coming up on August 14, here are a few quotes and lyrics to make you feel inspired, reflective and maybe a little more patriotic!

1. “Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.” - Stanley Wolpert, Jinnah of Pakistan

2." With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve." - Muhammad Ali Jinnah

3. “Truth is the power that will resolve our problems.” - Imran Khan

4. "My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence. Let us mobilize all our resources in a systematic and organized way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with grim determination and discipline worthy of a great nation." - Muhammad Ali Jinnah

5. "Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians." - Muhammad Iqbal

6. "Pakistan is heir to an intellectual tradition of which the illustrious exponent was the poet and philosopher Mohammad Iqbal. He saw the future course for Islamic societies in a synthesis between adherence to the faith and adjustment to the modern age. " - Benazir Bhutto

7. "Jab bachchay mulq pay raaj karein, aur school mein bethain hon siyasatdaan. Wo din phir aayega jab aisa, hoga Pakistan. (When children rule the country and politicians are in school. A day will come when this will be Pakistan) - Strings," Main Tou Dekhoonga

8. "Our object should be peace within, and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial friendly relations with our immediate neighbours and with the world at large." - Muhammad Ali Jinnah

9. Muhabat amn hai aur iss ka hai paigham Pakistan. (Love is peace and it's message is Pakistan) - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

10. "We are starting in the days where there is no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle: that we are all citizens, and equal citizens, of one State." - Muhammad Ali Jinnah

11. "Pakistan is not going to be a theocratic State - to be ruled by priests with a divine mission. We have many non-Muslims - Hindus, Christians, and Parsis -- but they are all Pakistanis. They will enjoy the same rights and privileges as any other citizens and will play their rightful part in the affairs of Pakistan." -- Muhammad Ali Jinnah

12. "You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed - that has nothing to do with the business of the State." -- Muhammad Ali Jinnah

13. "There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women." -- Muhammad Ali Jinnah

14. "I want people to remember that Pakistan is my country. It is like my mother, and I love it dearly. Even if its people hate me, I will still love it." -- Malala Yousafzai

15. "If we want to make this great State of Pakistan happy and prosperous, we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor." -- Muhammad Ali Jinnah

16. “There are two social classes in Pakistan," Professor Superb said to his unsuspecting audience, gripping the podium with both hands as he spoke. "The first group, large and sweaty, contains those referred to as the masses. The second group is much smaller, but its members exercise vastly greater control over their immediate environment and are collectively termed the elite. The distinction between members of these two groups is made on the basis of control of an important resource:air-conditioning. You see, the elite have managed to re-create for themselves the living standards of say, Sweden without leaving the dusty plains of the subcontinent. They're a mixed lot - Punjabi and Pathans, Sindhis and Baluchis, smugglers , mullahs, soldiers, industrialists - united by their residence in an artificially cooled world. They wake up in air-conditioned houses, drive air-conditioned cars to air-conditioned offices, grab lunch in air-conditioned restaurants (rights of admission reserved), and at the end of the day go home to an air-conditioned lounges to relax in front of their wide-screen TVs. And if they should think about the rest of the people, the great uncooled, and become uneasy as they lie under their blankets in the middle of the summer, there is always prayer, five times a day, which they hope will gain them admittance to an air-conditioned heaven, or at the very least, a long, cool drink during a fiery day in hell.” ― Mohsin Hamid, Moth Smoke

17. "The hard thing about Pakistan is that they throw up these cricketers you've never seen before" -- Steve Waugh (praising Pakistan's ability to keep discovering fresh talent, evident in their 221-run victory against Australia in Dubai)

18. "Recognition and self-esteem must lead to pride in labour. Its benefit is two-fold; it will develop you and the nation together" -- Abdul Sattar Edhi

19. "Hum sab ki hai pehchaan, hum sab sa pakistan. (We all have an identity, our Pakistan)" -- Various Artists (reproduced in 1982 by Alamgir)

20. "Aisi zameen aur aasmaan, in ke siwa jaana kahaan? (With a ground and a sky like this, where else would you want to go?)" -- Vital Signs, Dil Dil Pakistan

21. "Pak sarzameen shad bad. (blessed be the sacred land)" -- Qaumi Tarana (National Anthem)

22. "Kitna kia hai intezaar. Aur karo gay? Kab tak? Ab khud kuch karna paray ga hum ko. (How long have you waited? Will you wait more? Till when? Now we'll have to do something ourselves)" -- Strings and Atif Aslam, Ab Khud Kuch Karna Paray Ga

23. "If your house is burning, wouldn't you try and put out the fire?" -- Imran Khan

Pakistan Zindabad!

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Hey Boys, The Strongest Girls Are The Ones Who Show Their Feelings So Shut Up And Let Us Cry

Ladies, we've all been down that emotional rollercoaster.


To all my super sometimes randomly, sometimes unnecessarily, emotional girls, I'm here to tell you that you're not alone. In the past few years, my emotional stability has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. Some days I'll cry at the drop of a dime; others, not even the saddest of Nicholas Sparks movies will make me shed a tear (and I know "The Notebook" gets the credit for saddest Nicholas Sparks book/movie, but trust me, two seconds into "A Walk to Remember" and your waterworks will be flowing).

Throughout most of high school, I was usually the person who cried at the small things, though that's not necessarily a bad thing at all. I cried at cute songs, sad songs, angsty-teen-relatable-songs — basically all music was a trigger. I distinctly remember watching the "Teen Wolf" episode where Allison dies and losing it for way longer than necessary. And I'm not really sure what happened but during the past year or so I've just really lost that part of me, until recently.

Most likely due to severe lack of sleep, I'm back to that drop of a dime stability level. It's gotten to the point where I'm just singing along to a song one moment and bursting into tears the next. So, of course, when Ed Sheeran's "Castle on a Hill" came on at work yesterday, I started sobbing like a family member had passed away. Not the most convenient thing to happen in the middle of your shift.

Now that I've returned to the super emotional side of myself, I thought I'd write a little love letter to all the other emotional girls out there.

I know that we get sh*t sometimes because we're seen as too sensitive or too "girly." From a guy's perspective, we're the crazy girls their friends warn them about. Our own friends are cautious around us because they think any little thing could trigger us to burst into tears (which while annoying, isn't entirely wrong). But the reality is that we're just super in touch with ourselves and our emotions. We have actual feelings! *Gasp* Who knew?

I don't ever want to feel bad or feel like I'm wrong for having such strong emotions. And I certainly don't want others to bash on emotional people for being themselves. I'm not entirely sure what makes some people more emotional than others. Maybe some of us were just born as perfectly sound human beings who cry only when appropriate or never at all. Meanwhile, the rest of us are basket cases and ticking time bombs ready to go off at any moment. Maybe it's all related to our environment and how we grew up. Who knows?

All I do know is that regardless of the type of person you are, you should be happy and free to live your life with whatever emotions you'd like. Maybe we should even be encouraging others to become more in touch with their emotional sides. I certainly know a few people who could stand to benefit from a good crying session or two. At the end of the day, I just want all my emotional girls out there to know that you're not alone, and I encourage you to keep those tears flowing until your heart's content (and someone please tell me they cried at "Now You See Me" just as much as I did so I don't feel so weird about it).

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