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'Social stigma' makes women regret their tattoos

Men and women get a similar number of tats these days, but according to reports this week, more women than men are having them removed because of social pressure. The women who took part in the study said they wanted their 'ink' removed partly because it was making them feel stigmatized. Most felt the need to cover them up, and about 40% of women had received negative comments compared with just 5% of men...

The researchers from Texas Tech university said: "Societal support for women with tattoos may not be as strong as for men. Rather than having visible tattoos, women may still want to choose self-controlled body site placement, even in our contemporary society." Hmm, yes, you could be restrained and cautious with your self-expression in case some loser you don't even know doesn't like it... or YOU COULD DO WHAT YOU WANT with your body and like, to hell with society?

Posted by lovemaus on July 23, 2008 in In The News..., Women's "Ishoos" | Permalink

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I've got a couple of tattoos and I love them both. I maintain as well that my mother is wrong about me not liking them when I'm older - there's a whole generation ageing for whom tattoos are completely normal, so it's going to be normalised when we're old folk.
My mother's response to this?
"Sure, Susannah."
Gah.

Posted by: Susi | July 23, 2008 2:01 PM

I don't care too much about "society" in an abstract sense, but it is nice to be able to cover my tattoos for job interviews and situations like that.

Posted by: Kuri | July 23, 2008 3:15 PM

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