Everyone has the right to be themselves. What makes some people think they have the right to tell people with Body Modifications to “cover up” because they “don’t like to look at it/them”.
Maybe I don’t like the outfit you’re wearing. Maybe I think it makes you look like an idiot. Maybe I would rather die than look like you. But I keep it to myself and I certainly do not ask venues to change their policies to keep you out.
As a society we have almost overcome discrimination against race, sex, religion, age and disability but we are yet to fully respect the discrimination faced by those whose appearance is “different” to the “norm”.
In Australia, the country of so-called “multi-culture” and “freedom” our society dishes out a hell of a lot of oppression and hatred. We may try to deny it but I cannot sit back and listen to this lie any longer.
Personally, I have never been discriminated against due to my skin colour, my sex, my age, my religion or my sexuality (mostly because I am not open about the last two). But I have been discriminated against by the way I look. I am sorry if looking at my bright coloured hair, the metal on my face or the ink on my skin “offends” some people but I have the right and the freedom to express myself. I do not show any discrimination or hatred towards other people so why must I cop it myself?
I have scars on my body from self-harm. I am recovering from depression. Many of my demons revolve around self-hate. Although loved by my family I have grown up in a society that has made me believe I was/am never good enough. Never pretty enough, never skinny enough, never smart enough - regardless of what my loved ones tried to help me see. I took my pain out on myself and I have the battle scars that physically show the mental war I have been fighting for the past 6 years.
Will you discriminate against me for the scars you see? They’re not very “pretty” are they? A little “ugly”, aren’t they? People may not want to look at something like that would they? Well hear this: mental illness is a disability - and discrimination is against the law.
Treating someone differently because of the way they look is illegal. It’s a free country - have your opinions, share your voice….
But remember one thing. There was once a time when women could not vote nor could they work a “real” job. People of certain colour were forced to used separate public facilities. Those of particular religions were executed. We have come a long way but we have an even longer way to go.
If it’s not your body, if it’s not your life then leave it be and get on with your own issues.