Acceptance of Tattoos and Body Piercing in a Modern Age

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Acceptance of Tattoos and Body Piercing in a Modern Age
Andrew Sullivan
Axia College of University of Phoenix According to the most recent Harris Poll, which took place in 2003, about 15% of all Americans have at least one tattoo. That translates into about 40 million people. Tattoos are becoming much more popular based on comparing those statistics to the results of a 1936 Life magazine estimates of 10 million Americans had at least one tattoo. As for body piercing, no statistics are kept, and it is unknown how many Americans have them, but healthcare providers and dentists say they are seeing more everyday. Even though most tattoos and body piercing were difficult to adorn in the past because of the discrimination against and
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According to a Pew Research study, “More than one-third of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 have tattoos, and 40 percent of those between 26 and 40.” With such high numbers, companies are forced to have detailed rules about body art. While many companies allow employees to show their tattoos or piercing, a large number of professions still do not allow tattoos or certain types of body piercing to be exposed. Many companies view visible body modification, in the form of tattoos and body piercing, as an action that violates the company’s dress code. Because of this rule many employees have lost their jobs without knowing how to prevent it from happening. And according to Van Buskirk (2005), in 2004 a Costco Wholesaler was sued for religious discrimination when they fired an employee for not following the company’s policy that prohibited the adornment of facial jewelry. The employee was a member of the Church of Body Modification (CBM) and maintained that wearing facial jewelry was a practice required by her religion. After investigation of the case, it was revealed that the employee only joined the Church of Body Modification because Costco had acquired the dress code that included rules against the display of body art.

Along with employers being accepting of an employee’s tattoo or body piercing, there is also the customer or client who must be accepting of the body art. These
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