21 November 2012

Concerning the Sexual and Marriage Markets -- Part IV

IV.  Canvas or Temple? Modifying the Body

As of late, modern society has generally become more tolerant of people sporting bodily modifications such as tattoos and piercings.  People argue that doing so is a form of self-expression and that to a particular person, individual tattoos and piercings hold certain meanings to that person. 

However, the view stands among much of society (and in particular, corporate America) that tattoos (and piercings beyond conservative ones on the ears) on women are an indicator of being the domain of the low-class and “out of polite society.” 

In the dating sphere, the opinions vary on tattoos, with some guys strictly taking a “no tattoos, no ‘odd’ piercings” line, some only wanting to date women who are inked and pierced quite a bit, and everywhere in between. It thus seems that to maximise the dating pool, trending conservative on the tattoos and piercings appears to be a safer bet, with more tattoos and piercings dropping the MMV. 

It also depends on the area where the tattoos and piercings are. For example, having a small tattoo on the shoulder and/or the ankle, and a navel piercing is generally seen as commonplace and acceptable as long as it can be covered up for “nicer” occasions and for work. Those most likely have a negligible impact on a given woman’s SMV and MMV. 

On the other hand, a lot of men believe tattoos on a woman’s breasts and near or on her genitals are unattractive, particularly so as the woman gets older. Let’s say a woman gets a tattoo on her breast at age 20. In the current generation, there are guys who don’t mind (and who are probably in a similar stage of “rebellion”). 

But let’s fast-forward 10-15 years and she somehow is back in the dating market. Her value drops dramatically because of the societal view that such tattoos show low-class and “trashy” status. The woman’s MMV is practically destroyed as most guys will at best see her at best as someone to “fool around” with for a bit, assuming that her SMV hasn’t also taken a huge hit (which it very well might have). 

Thus putting tattoos and piercings on one’s body is something that needs to be given serious thought as to how this might help or hurt a given person in the longer-term future. Sure, it might seem like a good idea now, but is getting that tramp-stamp really going to be worth it 20 years down the road?

Go back to Part III

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