I’ve told you about our local philosophy group before, like when we discussed racism. Our next meeting is Wednesday next week, and wouldn’t you know it, we’re talking about 21st Century Civil Rights. Which was actually my suggestion, in response to the facilitator’s request for a good MLK theme. So I guess half a point for me.
The thing is, I always suggest the same topic for our next meeting: body modification. I never have any takers. Ian suggests something about guns pretty regularly as well, and I think that’s a lot more likely to be voted in than body mods. It’s frustrating, because there’s just so much to talk about when it comes to body modification.
It isn’t just tattoos and piercings, which is what most people first think of and then simply stop thinking about it. Sure, that’s part of it, but the possibilities are practically endless, just as the human imagination is practically endless.
All examples of body modification.
Modify is a great documentary about extreme body modification. And I certainly agree with the philosophy expressed by one of the subjects of the documentary. Body modification is, at its most basic, the definition of those two terms. It’s changing one’s body, and if part of that is socially acceptable, all of it should be. I hate the word ‘should,’ with a passion, but in this case, it’s really my only option.
In our differences, we are the same, and those of us who choose to modify ourselves in visible ways that are currently unusual are only making that truth more evident.
I’m reasonably certain that if I had grown up somewhere else, somewhere outside the southern United States, I’d be much more heavily modified at this point in my life. But as it stands, I’m hundreds of miles from the nearest APP certified piercer, and there’s only so far I’m willing to trust my local piercers. I’m deeply thankful that my interest has led me to learn so much about the subject, or who knows what I would have paid people to do to my body?
I like looking different. The more I alter my physical appearance in ways that I enjoy, the more I feel like myself. The more comfortable I am in my own skin. And above all else, that is a good reason to promote acceptance of body modification.
Today I got a tattoo. His name is Ricardo.
Last week I mentioned to Ian that I wanted a second nose piercing. You know how that went. Today he took me to the shop to get it.
He periscoped almost the entire visit. Does anyone else have Periscope? It’s super fun. Well, it can be. If you find someone entertaining. Or if you be entertaining. Which I do not be, sorry. I don’t talk to myself enough to be comfortable feeling like I’m talking to myself. I’m not good at keeping up a running commentary.
You know who’s a hit on Periscope from this house? Waffles.