Wiggia sent the pic below, with the message:
This is the German sprinter Robert Forstermann who just knocked our Olympic champion Jason Kenny out of the European championships, amazingly he lost in the final to a Russian whom I know did not have legs like that !
Pretty amazing legs, yes. Near the end of my time in Russia, I leg-pressed 250kg in front of a posse of trainers and exercisers but they never got to that size.
Anyway, my eyes were elsewhere in that pic. Pretty enough, yes and then I saw it – her right foot.
That tatt – yuk!
Someone has to say it, not unlike the little boy who called out that the Emperor was wearing no clothes – tatts on women are a big no. They’re ugly, they’re mutilation and yes, in primitive tribes, women do mutilate themselves but are these women a primitive tribe or part of the west?
In fact, not unlike in Golding’s Lord of the Flies, it is a good indicator of a disintegrating society when that type of thing happens. Means Them are holding sway.
They’re also a male thing, a badge of toughness on the docks or similar. Doesn’t matter how many pretty roses are needled in, doesn’t matter how many pretty colours – it’s cheap and nasty on a woman and brands her as cattle would be branded.
I saw an example of that in Russia and to her credit, the woman woke up. She was a newly appointed manager of a cafe and the tatt was on the ankle. It was amusing how she at first wore hose to cover it and then one day it had been removed. Someone had clearly told her classy women don’t sport tatts. There are some things which are pretty well universal, eternal.
Sad thing is that the young today, who know no better, are being dragged into this – supposedly fashionable, shops all over the place – but for the aspiring woman, she sees it is a barrier to the types of roles she’d like to get. So she goes through the pain.
Why mutilate herself in the first place? Those females I call nose-boners – you know, bits of metal sticking through here and here, wild hairdos – these things can always come out easily, once the novelty has worn off. But tatts remain to brand a woman as low.
Even someone like Connery had the Popeye the Sailor Man tatt airbrushed out although with wharfies and the like, it doesn’t really matter. It’s a working class badge for a man.
But do you see the Bond women with tatts? Miranda Kerr? Victoria’s Secret Angels? I know MK has two but you don’t see ‘em. Why would that be?
The push is coming from above. People have got into Forbes and other publications and argued that they’re not low-class in the workplace any more but that’s not borne out by stats and higher professions, especially in face-to-face roles, frown upon them.
The Harris survey said it was up to 14% in the States with them. And of course, it depends where. Most had them in places they could be hidden. Why have them then?
“Them” have been quite clever as usual in connecting tatts with chic and cool but it needs a little boy to call out from the side of the road: “Why does the Empress look so cheap?”