I think I'm less inked than your average 20-something.
A quick glance at my closest friends reveals that many of them have at least one, if not many tattoos.
But an article I stumbled upon this morning reveals that many of these women might choose to one day remove their tattoos due to "social stigma."
Apparently it's acceptable for men to ink themselves like a bic pen, but women are expected to adorn themselves with less permanent enhancements, like makeup and jewelry.
They're asked to cover their tats at weddings, work functions, and family dinners.
I even saw my own sister struggle with 100-dollar-tattoo-covering-make-up for her wedding day, only to decide that it wasn't worth the fact that she might ruin her white dress with the putty and paint. Turns out, Dad would have to see the butterfly on her shoulder after all.
And so women are continually labeled as promiscuous or trans-gendered with painted biceps and the proverbial "tramp stamp," inked men remain only one thing... macho.
But if the paint is permanent for both sexes...
Shouldn't the pride be as well?