What's wrong with a tattooed teacher?





Charlotte Tumilty has enjoyed considerable publicity after the Daily Mail chose to spread her tattooed images all over its online newspaper.  It's just up the Mail's street.  Unsurprisingly Charlotte is a very pretty young woman so they have an excuse to both outrage its readership and titillate them at the same time.  Standard fare for the Daily Mail.  Not for nothing do they have the world's largest online readership. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2802935/teaching-assistant-sent-away-catholic-school-arms-neck-covered-tattoos.html  So here she is in her finery, having been turned away from her new school for having a neck tattoo she couldn't fully cover up.

Having run the news item one day they had another bite at the cherry when Jan Moir wrote an opinion article on her the day after.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2805822/As-member-staff-Catholic-school-complains-told-cover-inkings-work-JAN-MOIR-asks-d-job-tattooed-teacher.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Moir writes "Of course, we shouldn’t judge people on their appearances, especially as Miss Tumilty feels her teaching chances have been harmed following the row."  But judge she does.  They don't come more judgemental than Daily Mail opinion pieces.  So I will not refrain from making my own judgement. Charlotte had the brass neck, or should I say tattooed neck, to aspire to be a teacher and be a visibly tattooed person.  Unwise maybe, but hardly worthy of being pelted with rotten eggs and tomatoes in the figurative stocks.

Charlotte is plainly someone who sees her identity as being wound up with being heavily tattooed.  I don't know her and therefore can't know her motivations.  Maybe she was attention seeking.  Maybe not.  Maybe she knows her own generation takes things like visible tattoos in their stride.  The tattoos are who she is so why can't she be accepted for who she is?  Society is making cultural adjustments all the time.  It isn't that long since women weren't censured for wearing make up in formal settings and men had to have their hair short.  No doubt in time, visible tattoos will be accepted in the professions.

I look forward to the day when people can get as tattooed as they wish in any way they wish without society then excluding them.  What I value in people is kindness, intelligence and tolerance.  I prefer to respect Charlotte for who she says she is.  And by the way, I think her tattoos and piercings make her look good.



 

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