Friday, 20 March 2009

Body Modification

Dr Follett’s lecture on body modification was very enlightening. I did not realize that just about everybody in the population does it. Body modification is changing the body by various means and to varying degrees from its natural original state to another. That includes going to the hairdresser, using make-up, doing yoga and wearing high heels. Before the lecture I thought it only applied to piercing, tattoos and plastic surgery. I was astonished by the wide range of piercings available.
The history of tattooing was even more interesting. I was appalled to learn about the way invading colonial powers had subjugated and destroyed the indigenous tattooed populations of various islands. It revealed who the real ‘savages’ were by their inhumane brutality and ignorance.

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