This Article Is A Thought Crime:
Why young people need body modification
One of the dirtiest and hardest to break urban legends in body modification is the idea that there’s some physical reason why young people can’t get piercings. The fact is though that there is no physical reason why people of all ages can’t get tattoos, piercings, scarification, or even more “extreme” modifications. Not only that, there are no valid reasons of any kind unique to minors barring them from body modifications. None. Yet nearly every area bans all or some modifications for those under the age of eighteen, and even more surprisingly, this ban is supported by the vast majority of professional piercers who rationalize it for a variety of questionable reasons.
Like Father, Like Son
I was tattooed as a minor and I was pierced as a minor, including genital piercings. All of these things had a highly positive effect on my life, and I believe were instrumental in helping make me an independent adult capable of thinking — and doing — for myself. I’d like to now take a look at a few of the reasons presented by people opposed to piercing and otherwise modifying minors and break them down, and then propose what I believe the reason for this ban is, and why it’s fundamentally wrong.
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So now that we’ve seen that the presented reasons are deceptions, or at best ignorance, let’s talk about the real reason body modification for minors is illegal.
Allowing minors to engage in body modification risks them breaking the bonds of artificially extended adolescence, and helps free them from the bonds of slavery. Modern society is built around a large “slave class” of workers who are subservient to the social machine, and people are kept loyal to it through fear and blindness helped by never allowing individuals to fully move out of childhood. This makes them dependent on the State and the corporation, afraid to strike out on their own into a world that makes individuality and liberty extremely difficult to obtain.
I’ve written in the past about the education system and its goals, and this article is in part a rehash of some of those points. To simplify, the purpose of the education system is to slow down people’s ability to learn independently, making them easy to manipulate and enslave. This was done after the excellent education Americans received in the 1800s started resulting in “class jumping” where poor but well educated and bright individuals became wealthy, and those that were unfairly abused by corporations had “discontent” due to their awareness — a smart, informed person doesn’t like being a slave, they discovered, and it’s hard for rich people to stay so much richer than everyone else without slaves (or as they put it these days,
The things that we learn as we graduate high school are within the intellectual grasp of the vast majority of ten year olds, given a functional education that is. I’m sure many of you reading this remember devouring books as a young child, and maybe even being told to “stop reading those books — you’re too young!” when you strayed into the science books (or whatever your interest was).
The truth of the matter is that once you hit about sixteen it’s all downhill from there as far as the way your brain (and your body) works. If you are conditioned before that point to be a slave, it’s harder and harder to break out the older you get. That’s why almost every “primitive” culture — which needed all of its members to help on the hunts, the food gathering, and so on — engaged in body modification and other “manhood” or “womanhood” or “warrior” status rituals at young ages. If people don’t define themselves as strong, independent, and competent people as youths, they will forever be constrained to relying on someone else for guidance and even food. How different is a person who’s been conditioned from birth to be dependent on their government and their employer and unable to go out on their own any different from a slave in the most traditional sense of the word?
While the piercers and parents who parrot these “rules” are largely unaware of this underlying reason, you can bet that the lawmakers are very aware of them and work incredibly hard to sustain this repressive status quo.
With that in mind, let us re-examine the above objections to modified youth.
Eleven years old, self stretched
I hope I’ve helped clarify that the end result of allowing young people to modify their bodies is not only positive, but could help catalyze much larger and extremely beneficial societal change. We can move forward to a draconian future where immense government and corporations dictate how the drones lead their lives, or we can move forward to a collaborative utopia where everyone is valuable and everyone is allowed to express themselves, working together for both common and individual goals.
I believe that this freedom is an essential notion, and that unless we imbue it in the youth, our society becomes something far darker than it even is now. Piercers, I’m not asking you to break the law — I’ve already put myself at great risk by writing this — but please don’t keep repeating the lies. Let young people and parents know just how positive body modification is for a young person. Let legislators know that it’s safe and healthy and most of all improves people’s lives.
And young people, all I can say to you is that when I — and most of the current generation of “celebrity” piercers — were your age, there were no studios and we had to pierce ourselves. At least you have the benefits of resources like BME so you’re not running blind like we were! Write about what modification does for you, good and bad, and submit it to BME or your own sites and journals. Write about it for school to help educate your teachers. Try and explain to your parents why it matters to you. Get them involved even. If body modification is good, we can prove it through our lives, right?
But please understand this: This is an uphill battle, and as “mainstream” as body modification is, it’s far from accepted. Don’t join this army unless you’re willing to fight, and fight hard. If you get modifications that the public can see, you will have to work twice as hard to get your share of jobs and education. Do everything you can to educate yourself, both at school and outside of school. Get in shape, learn every skill you can — welding, flower arranging, everything — and just make yourself an amazing individual that can do a lot of things and think intelligently on a lot of subjects. The more “powerful” and independent you are, the more you can assert yourself as an individual, and the less power anyone else has to tell you how you can live your life.
Most of all though, don’t believe their lies, and don’t accept their prison.
Recommended reading: “Underground History of American Education” by John Taylor Gatto. You can read it online for free here. This book will change the way you look at the Western world and its institutions. Read it before it’s banned.
PS. To the nutcases who are calling the FBI because of the photo at the start of this article, of course it’s a fake photo. We don’t live in a perfect world, yet.