Marked For Life: A Feminist
A lot of people have been asking me to to write up why I decided to get my tattoo, The meaning behind it, The questions Iâ€™ve gotten from it, Why I chose the location I did for it and such. So I decided Iâ€™d go ahead and write up a photo essay about my choice.
First off this is my tattoo (Click here) Iâ€™m assuming all of you shall know what it is but for those few who read this and donâ€™t It is the symbol for being a feminist.
I knew I wanted a tattoo, Iâ€™ve wanted one since I was a child even before I really knew what a tattoo was, I knew that having stuff drawn on my skin intrigued me and I always saw it as having a work of art on you forever. So I basically started counting down the days tell I would turn 18 and finally the day came.
I turned 18 on April 9th, Getting my tattoo was one of the bonuses of finally being legal besides being able to vote. (which had me completely giddy with joy and I sent out for my voters registration card a week before my birthday so I would have it as soon as possible) But anyway the tattoo was what I was looking forward to on my birthday. My mother and I had been having a lot of stupid arguments as I got closer to age and I figured she wouldnâ€™t support the idea of my tattoo at all but surprisingly she loved the idea and the symbol I was getting and she knew I would never regret it. She was questionable on where I did choose to get it being that it was on my right forearm and that is such a visible location.
But honestly that to me is the perfect location. People see it all the time, I get looks, I get glares for having a tattoo, but most of all I get questionâ€™s from people who donâ€™t know what the symbol meansâ€¦ They ask â€œWhat is it?â€ and then I can talk about womenâ€™s issues, I tell them itâ€™s the symbol for being a feminist, I tell them that it basically means for us to keep fighting for equality and did they know women still donâ€™t make equal pay to men? (Surprisingly most people Iâ€™ve encountered think that women are equal with men in pay which just shocks me.) This tattoo lets me bring up things that I wouldnâ€™t just bring up with some stranger, but now I can.
This tattoo is a magnet to peoples eyes in a wayâ€¦ When Iâ€™m walking down the street, people look at the tattoo first before they even look up at a me the stranger who just has something inked on her skin. They see me and then they look kind of in shock As though they are not expecting someone like me to have a tattoo or to have a tattoo with a womenâ€™s symbol and a fist in the middle of it. Even those who do not know what the symbol is do seem to know what the fist means. Revolution, Standing up for whatâ€™s right, or what you believe. That fist has been seen in so many forms, and so many signs. But I got to say I like it with the womenâ€™s symbol the best. Maybe Iâ€™m a bit bias though.
I chose this tattoo because itâ€™s who I am; it is who I will be for the rest of my life. I am a feminist and thatâ€™s not going to change.
The feminist movement will always go on, in some way, about some type of issues. Whether it is environmental, Childcare, Education, healthcare, abortions, birth control, sex education etcâ€¦..Thereâ€™s always going to be women behind the fight for some issue and every issue is a feminist issue. So having this on my skin for the rest of my life just makes me always remember that. If people judge me for having a tattoo, than thatâ€™s their problemâ€¦.but I have to say that I couldnâ€™t be any prouder with being marked for life as a feminist.