ModBlog is the part of BME that is meant to showcase all aspects of the community, by highlighting exceptional modifications, significant moments, or sometimes just a little fun. Sometimes this also means ModBlog will cover topics that can be controversial, but most of the time, things are pretty mundane as most of the community has been around long enough not to get shocked by certain things. The reason I’m mentioning all this is because when I found the image for this post, I did a bit of reading, and it seems that images of ritual cutting can evoke some strong emotions from people.
One of the main points that is brought up is that an image of a cutting can trigger the behavior in others. Let me assure that is not the purpose of this post at all. I want to take a quick moment to look back on something Shannon said a number of years ago.
Now, I understand that I tend to take a somewhat no-compromises or radical stance on these matters rather than seeking out the safe or mainstream stance that most people feel is “reasonable” (and I appreciate how one could come to the opposite conclusion), but I really do think it’s important to be honest about this being much more about politics and cultural bias than anything else. Ignoring the fact that it’s very difficult to make a compelling objective case that differentiates cutting from play piercing, suspension, pulling, and other ritual that’s rarely decried, the truth of the matter is that when it comes to triggering, the whole site is a giant trigger for those who are prone to being influenced by peer pressure.
One of the reasons I know this is that if I post a particularly nice serious of photos of a modification, I’ll almost always receive an influx of that particular modification over the next little while, as people see the pictures and decide that it’s something they want to do as well. How many times have I seen comments along the lines of “this makes me really want to suspend” or “this makes me really want to get another tattoo” and so on? Even in a culture that’s steeped in the concept of individualism, the truth is that a significant percentage of people are deeply influenced and “triggered” by the actions of others.
Again, I’d strongly urge people who are not able to take responsibility for their own actions (let alone control their own actions) not read BME (or at least the sections of BME that they’re not comfortable around) or other “triggering” media and get the help they need so they can be happy and self-empowered individuals. I’m sorry if some people feel that makes light of their mental illness, but I’d like to keep BME focused on people for whom body modification and ritual is a positive force, not those who see it as a mental illness.
Now, with all that said, let’s take a look at the image.
This particular shot was sent in by Sarah_B. who you may remember from her knee suspension a couple of weeks ago.
The reason I selected this image is because it shows a side of her that you didn’t see in her previous photos. When someone is featured on ModBlog we normally only get to see a small slice of their life, a moment in time that was significant to them at that time. Which brings us back to my opening remarks. ModBlog is here to open the window into this wonderful community. We’re open and sharing about moments that can be extremely personal and revealing. This community, as wide ranging as it is, covers so many aspects of modification, even those that to some may be controversial. ModBlog isn’t here to pass judgement, it is here to share with you, the readers, the stories and images from all corners of the community.
Now obviously this isn’t the most graphic cutting image that’s been shown on ModBlog, but sometimes simplicity can be just as important as shocking.