Shame is Lame

I remember one time I was in a grocery store with my mom. I complimented the man at the bakery counter on his tattoos and was genuinely interested. My mom made a backhanded comment, almost unconsciously, that complimenting someone on a tattoo was like complimenting someone on a birthmark or mole. Now, I love my mom, but that comment was way out of line. One couldn’t even make such a comparison. Maybe you’ve heard strange comments such as that about your tattoos or hair or whatever else. People say some strange stuff, stranger even than the clothing on our bodies. If someone says something like that to you, I urge you to say, “I am proud of [_], and I do not give you permission to make me feel ashamed.”

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