Friday, February 3, 2012

I was offended...

After reading this article, two days ago when Dani Shared it on Twitter, I was offended.
I was offended as a woman, a daughter, and mostly as a mother to a little girl, and NOT because I have a tattoo, its beyond that.

How dare you Lisa Khoury?
How dare you say this:
An elegant woman does not vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body. She appreciates it. She flaunts it. She's not happy with it? She goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done. She enjoys the finer things in life, all with the body she was blessed with.

And then turn around and say this:
But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that's it. You do something productive, though, and you see results. That's a genuine, satisfying change in life. Not ink.

Hold up, are you saying going to the gym, dressing up and wearing high heels is challenging?!
Now some might say wearing red lipstick and liquid liner is challenging {insert sarcasm}, but your comparisons make me cringe.
And while you sit behind your computer screen and pass judgement onto other women, I will teach my 5 year old daughter that tattoos do not change a person's worth, education, or feelings and that it is a form of self expression and art. She will learn to value woman, tattooed or not, for their contributions to society. She will learn to love, be creative, have fun, care about others and study, NOT to flaunt her body.

Please take a minute to read the response letter of the tattooed and ever so CLASSY Dani Hampton's.
Promise its worth the read.


9 comments:

aPearantly sew said...

Dani's response was absolutely perfect. The whole time I was reading that, I kept thinking...is she joking?! Wearing heels & getting your nails done? I do neither. Ever. So I guess that makes me less of a woman. Or at least an ugly one. It almost sounded like that article was written by a man, 50 years ago.
Grayson went through a stage where he liked to cover his body in stickers. I had a man at church tell me I shouldn't let him do that because it would teach him that it's ok to get tattoos. I said, "oh, it is okay. I don't care if he covers himself in them". There are a lot of things I want for my children. I want them to be happy, to be kind, to give back and to love those around them. And all that, they can do even if they are covered in tattoos.

Shelly Triolo said...

Holy cow! That was indeed, one of the most poorly written editorials I've ever read. I'm all about hearing why someone thinks my tattoo was a bad idea, but THAT'S your argument? That I should dress like a slut if I want attention instead? Awesome.

BriBedell said...

Bleh. What a very immature & naive girl. I'm going to venture to say she is near my age, and quite frankly I'm embarrassed. She probably grew up in a nice home with nice things, went to a nice school and really never had much strife. What is more terrifying to me is that someone actually thought it was an article worth publishing...

Brandie said...

Well said, Amy. That article was pure craziness!! And, High Applause to Dani. I'm still shaking my head in disbelief of the ignorance....

Danielle said...

Well said by both of you! I feel sorry for Lisa Khoury for being so ignorant and for having to live in such an oppressive bubble that she thinks her article makes valid points. Thank you for sharing! <3

MonstarrLove said...

I read Lisa's response today.. SHE'S NINETEEN! O.o She doesn't even know what's going on. Not to say that it was right. WHAT SO EVER. I'm just as appalled as all the other women who read her horrid article. But she's still just a kid! I think she has definitely learned her lesson. At least I sure hope she has.

Rhiannon said...

so my tattoo that gives me a memory and tells a story isnt gonna make me happy but buying clothes, doing my nails, putting make up and wearing heals will??? OK

Jami Nato said...

hilar.
well, she was trying to make a statement and she did. i guess. even if it was completely judgmental.

Nessa Bixler said...

Well said, I couldn't agree more.