I recently joined a Facebook group that is an anechoic chamber, so that I could have more fiery and meaningful discussions than the samey agreement and self-congratulatory nature of my regular feed.
And it just so happened that one of the first posts I saw was on my expert subject of body modification. And it had the type of responses you might see in the feed of someone more straight-laced than I… it reminded me of a conversation I had with my bestie the other week. We were out for a stroll to the tattoo studio (by some amazing coincidence), and after discussing the more mainstream mods, we moved in to the realm of The Jobstopper. We’re both heavily into body modification, and we both have respectable office jobs. Some employers are really twitchy about anything out-of-the-ordinary appearance wise, but we have been lucky in finding workplaces that are a little more accepting. Their appreciation of diversity allows us to be ourselves, and to be devoted to our careers (I feel more loyal to my employer because they accept me as I am). And, our conversation went something like this:
BESTIE: I’m thinking about sub-dermal implants; the piercer had some amazing ones!
ME: Yeah, it’s something I’ve thought about too, but I’m not sure what I’d get, so maybe one for the future.
BESTIE: How about some horns? [Aside: if you’re wondering what this is about, false horns can be created by sliding a silicone “horn” into a pocket made under the skin. It’s then stitched up and bandaged, and in a few weeks you have some nicely healed horns.]
ME: Honestly, I think that’s going a bit far. I mean my employer has put up with a lot from me, appearance-wise. I can just imagine the conversation now: “Look, Science Lady, when we took you on, we were aware of the visible tattoos, and the facial piercings, which seem to have grown in number. And the blue hair, well, we were a bit taken aback by that; but we thought, hey, it’s just one of those quirky things. But this – horns for f@ck’s sake! Horns! Did you even think about how this is going to look to clients? Seriously, it’s your body and all, but if you don’t come in tomorrow with a tail implant to match then we’re going to have to make this a disciplinary matter.”
|This is what I use for my signature blue hair, after application of copious amounts of bleach.|