For those of you who missed my impassioned rant(s) over at the Fobcave, I'm going to continue in a similar manner here. If you find me an insufferable, self-righteous prig, I apologize. Go away until I am better. And if you find yourself discounting all my snipcentric opinions because I am obviously a lunatic, LEAVE NOW!!!!!
This post, you may be happy to hear, is not about cutting off chunks of your man-child, but about body mutilation all sorts.
Body mutilation. I'm against it.
I have a pretty liberal definition regarding What Body Mutilation Is, so maybe we should start there (WARNING: this is were the insufferable, self-righteous priggishness starts up).
Body mutilation: Any purposeful yet purposeless alteration of the body, esp. with sharp instruments.
Examples: tattoos, piercing (whether tongue, uvula, fingerflesh, ear, nose, nipple, whatever), burning, scarring, etc etc etc.
Yes, I am even against one modest earring.
Now I should admit that when we were engaged there were a certain pair of earrings that Lady Steed would wear that in certain circumstances could become the sexiest fool things on the planet. But just because I find something sexy doesn't mean I think it is good and right. Maybe if I had a makeout session with someone with a tongue stud I might find that sexy too. Doesn't erase all the many, many health and dental problems associated with them. (Or the fact that I just think it's wrong.) And if Lady Steed thought a Prince Albert to be hot stuff?
So I don't find sexiness a reasonable argument. And if not sexiness, then definitely not cuteness or attractiveness or punkness or politicalstatementness or foolishness or anything else.
Unless we're talking triple bypass, why would someone purposefully ply their body with sharp stuff? It's weird.
Here's another, realer reason I feel this way:
Each of us has been given a body with its own beauty and charm and grace and abilities. It might need repairing, sure, but it does not need ornamenting.
Call me a minimalist, but I think the human body is lovely on its own.
Body mutilation is a form of hubris against the Great Artist.
Is that self-righteous enough?