Hi guys, Ive been away for awhile. thought I'd check in with a recent experience.
I recently sat in on a US led seminar in Asia about job discrimination. Quite a lot of different ways to unfairly discriminate against people in the work force, by gender, by race, by age (in Asia, ageism is a big thing, with people over 35 considered too old for ordinary jobs), by nationality. All disagreeable practices, I think we can agree.
But then they had "discrimination against people with tattoos." (In Asia, tattoos are associated with prostitution and gangsters).
I kind of resented tattoos being put on a level plane with these others. I mean things like your age, your race, your country of birth, etc are things you can't control, unlike the choice to get a tattoo. I mean if I'm an employer and I see someone who got a stupid face or forearm tattoo, I wouldn't consider it unfair discrimination to hold that against the candidate. I mean that was their choice (and is clear evidence of bad judgement to get something permanent like that.)
I mean, I think people can get whatever body art they want, but should have to live with the employment concequences. Putting tattoos in the same conversation as race or gender is pretty insulting to those with real greviances.
I agree with you to a point. Although to me it depends on the job as to how much it matters and the nature of the tattoo. Is it in the open? Is it small?
It is a different monster for sure than the other things you point out but it is more a matter of social acceptability for a given job.