Mill On Tattoos
When reading the blog prior to this one, titled Peer Pressure vs. Personal Preference, something sparked into my mind. Mill, as well as the constitution, states that we have the freedom of expression and the right to make our own choices. If this fact stands true, then why are we as individuals stifled from making these choices and expressing ourselves?
The first example of this that comes to mind is that of tattoos in the workplace. Yes, it is slightly a mundane topic that has been debated about verbally and through academic writing. Nonetheless, it is a subject that I am passionate about (mainly because I have two rather large tattoos). Having tattoos in the work place has been deemed unprofessional, but why? Bikers aren’t the only people with tattoos anymore, in fact they are becoming more popular than ever before. Yet, in a professional setting they are still not allowed to be shown. With this “rule” it makes it hard for people with tattoos to find jobs in a professional setting.
I do not think Mill would agree with banning tattoos in the work place simply because it goes against his beliefs of freedom of expression and the right to make your own choices. If I personally want to have a visible tattoo on my foot, and become an attorney where my foot tattoo will be seen in a professional setting, then I should be able to. Plus, when I had to sit for two hours in excruciating pain while a needle was being dug into my skin, you better believe I am never confining my foot tattoo in any shoe.
(My actual foot tattoo is featured below)