Marylea - posted on 02/14/2011 ( 54 moms have responded )
Okay so I was just on facebook and a friend of my 13yr old sister was posting pictures of her newly stretched ears and I thought this would make a good topic for debate.
What do you think of body modifictions? Do you think that its okay for young teens (like my sister's friend) to be making the decsion to "modify" themselves? As a parent would you allow your child to ever modify themself? When does it become too much? If you as a parent have body modifications do you think you have a right to tell your child they can't have them?
I'm a young mom, I was 18 when my daughter was born. And it seems like "bod mods" are the norm for my generation. I remember when I was in the hospital one of the nurses had been shocked that I didn't have any tattoos. She told me that she hardly ever saw anyone who didn't have a least one. I'm not against piercings or tattoos but I do think there's a point where people go over board. I think that things like tongue splitting, or implantions; such as horns, are disgusting. I also think that genital pierces are pretty gross as well. I think that like everything else in life its all about moderation. A few tastful tattoos can be very nice to look at but covering yourself from head to toe is going to look pretty bad when you're 75yrs old. I have 5 ear piercings and I plan on getting my nose done later this month. That will be all for me. I'm still undecided about getting a tattoo or not (I want to get my daughter's footprint on my back if I do indeed get one).
I think that there are repercussions to body modifications that teens don't consider. Like ear stretching for example, once you go so big there's no turning back, your ears will never be the same. I think its a decsions that teens take to lightly, it looks cool now so they get it but what about later on in life?