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If you haven’t heard already, the fashion-oriented have been making headlines.

Tattoos in the News: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/2012/09/23/20120923mesa-should-settle-tattoos.html

Tattoos have gotten a few wins every now and then, such as when young suburbanite women got small tattoos on their ankles, behind the ears, on the neck, and other dainty places (e.g., Mandy Moore‘s tiny heart tattoo on her toe) because it was the “in” thing to do. They also had a small win when the definition of tattoos also covered permanent makeup, affecting other female suburbanite and city dwellers. However, they are gradual wins. For example, we have politicians who have tattoos, such as Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor of Los Angeles, who has a “born to raise hell” tattoo. However, he has to cover up all his tattoos with a suit and tie. You’ll never find him without it. This says two things: 1) he wants to keep them and 2) society does not want him to. Now we have tattoos declared as free speech, which may only be a temporary win as courts elsewhere are deciding on other free speech matters, such as whether or not books can be shut out of certain markets (See http://standwithkt.com/cause). Where do I stand on tattoos? I’m for tattoos. I even gave a speech about it in French. When you see me, you will not see my tattoos immediately, but know that I have them. Remember: Do not judge the seeming inkless lest they have ink. My dream and Lavoce’s dream is that we will have more employees like the girl with the dragon tattoo. She got a good paying job because they realized her value in the workplace and knew that “she’s the best researcher we have.” Despite everything else she endured about how others perceived her, we must remember to be thankful for the small wins and to always look for those nuggets of gold.

Transgendered in the News: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/sep/24/us-inmate-sex-change/

In other news we have a prisoner seeking a male-to-female (M to F) sex change operation while serving prison. To have a change, there needs to be “Christine Jorgensens” spokespeople for the transgender and transexual population in various arenas. Prison just happens to be one arena that will affect many lives.

The attitudes we have about prison overlap the attitudes the general populace has toward tattoos. I wish it weren’t so, but a fact is a fact. Some believe that they made the choice and need to pay, painting a broad stroke for all behind bars. I believe that sometimes there are cases where a person has served their term before it’s up, especially if innocent. Is it not enough to keep them in a dictatorial city within the prison walls that we must also take away everything else they have left, including their ability to rehabilitate? Is this really how we want to be judged–as the people who condemned 5% of the world population from the young to the elderly plus those who have already done their time for minor offenses decades ago? Is that the legacy you want to pass on to your children? Or do you want to fight for what’s right? Do you want to do what you can to change people’s attitudes? It’s your life and your decision.

Resource:

Criminal Justice Fact Sheet: http://www.naacp.org/pages/criminal-justice-fact-sheet

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