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#KTAT2168, Need to Know:
Body Piercing and Tattooing
by Paul Mason
$42.00, Hard Cover
6-1/2" x 9-1/2", 56 Pages
Is this book merely an accidental publication or is it  intended to arouse  juveniles into thinking about things they likely never would consider?


This is listed by the publisher as
Juvenile Literature
but you may want to
exercise parental discretion
if you have children.

Explicit genital ideas.
Perhaps it is
not accidental.

Sample Pages
I question if parents (in the USA I dare to say) would want to promote awareness of these so-called "essential" "personal issues" plus question the implication that "many people" address these issues.  Since when is it an issue at all?

And, if this is not for parents, then Who?
Is this pedophilia by verbal voyeurism to excite juveniles, both girls and boys
into genital experimentation retelling invented stories?

And, - there is no discussion of these as "topics."
only encouragement to make them "safer."

Mason's Breast and Genital piercing topics for girls.
First of all, it doesn't work, the jewelry grows out.

Secondly it would be very painful to be putting it in and out without re-piercing it.

Atavistic-oriented Health Departments have implied that Tattoo and Piercing practice FGM and therefore include prohibitions against FGM in T&:P regulations.
See the panel to the right: Authoritative.
Read it: the mildest form is....( what ? ).
To say T&P does this? This is vile and disgusting. Tattooists must demand that the HD  authors be fired and these references stricken from regulations.

Even if it doesn't, this conjures FGM.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the term used to refer to the removal of part, or all, of the female genitalia. Cutting off the clitoris is the mildest form of female genital mutilation.

In 1991, WHO recommended that the United Nations adopt the terminology "mutilation" to reinforce the idea that FGM is a violation of girls’ and women’s rights.  It is usually done on girls under 10. More than 100 million women and girls worldwide are believed to have undergone genital cutting, the U.N. health agency said.

 Most Human rights organizations in the West, Africa, and Asia consider female genital cutting rituals a violation of women's human rights. Among these groups and governments, they are regarded as unacceptable and illegal forms of body modification and mutilation of those believed to be too young or otherwise unable to give informed consent.

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Penis piercing topics for boys.


A report in the British Medical Journal
(1999) BMJ319 1627-9
quoted below states that stories about piercing were made up by
Gauntlet-founder Jim Wardís friend Doug Molloy.

This was not intended for children.

Is this merely accidental?

From: (1999) BMJ 319 1627-9 reports that these stories about piercing were made up by Gauntlet-founder Jim Wardís friend Doug Molloy. These are the first 150 words of Ferguson.

"Body piercing has been practiced in almost every society as far back as it is possible to trace, but it has usually been confined to the ears, mouth, and nose. Notable exceptions are the practice of piercing the glans penis with a bone by a few tribes in Borneo, and the mention of penis jewellery in the Karma Sutra (probably through the foreskin). Discussion of female nipple jewellery in Victorian journals implies that this is not a completely modern idea, but most of the stories about the origins of piercings, such as the idea that Prince Albert wore a penis ring to tie his member down and prevent an offensive bulge in the breeches, are modern myths.  In fact, most of the names given to piercings are made up. This was revealed in an interview with Jim Ward,1 a piercer who in the late 1970s started Piercing Fans International Quarterly and making Gauntlet body piercing jewellery, all of which was financed by his friend Doug Molloy. It seems that Molloy felt that piercing needed a bit more romance surrounding it. He invented a wide selection of names and histories to make it more interesting, and now that they have appeared in print the names have become accepted as fact." Ferguson H (1999)

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Here is the world history of tattoo in six paragraphs.
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The history of tattoo in the Europe and America in 5 paragraphs.
To argue against this view, the reasons for historical antipathy in the West are suggested by many scholarly works including Gellís Wrapping in Images, Margo DeMelloís Bodies of Inscription, Nicholas Thomasís Tattoo, Bodies, Art, and Exchange in the Pacific and the West, and Jane Caplanís Written on the Body.

It has to do with a convergence of historical influences: Christian missionary persecution; penal and punitive use for thousands of years from Persia to Ancient Greece to the Roman Empire, punitive practices in Europe, the British Isles, Siberia and Russia, etc.; criminologists at the turn of the 20th century attempting to interpret tattoo as a sign of a criminal nature or degenerate personality; low class status of those who got tattooed; the writings of philosopher Immanuel Kant, parents objecting to their children being tattooed, and circus and sideshow exhibitions of the tattooed -- but no mention of unruly sailors though popular being the major cause of this now obsolete antipathy.

The cover is thicker than the text.

Comments by Westley Wood

Need to Know:
Body Piercing and tattooing
by Paul Mason
#KTAT2168, $42.00
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