Need to Know: Body Piercing and Tattooing by Paul Mason
#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
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
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
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.
Penis piercing topics for boys.
A report in the British Medical Journal
(1999) BMJ319 1627-9 quoted below
that stories about piercing
were made up by
Gauntlet-founder Jim Wardís friend Doug Molloy.
This was not intended for children.
this merely accidental?
(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 confinedto the ears, mouth, and nose. Notable
exceptions are the practiceof piercing the glans penis with a bone by
a few tribes in Borneo,and the mention of penis jewellery in the
Karma Sutra (probablythrough the foreskin). Discussion of female
nipple jewellery inVictorian journals implies that this is not
a completely modernidea, but most of the stories about the
origins of piercings,such as the idea that Prince Albert wore a
penis ring to tie hismember down and prevent an offensive bulge
in the breeches, aremodern myths. In fact, most of the names
given to piercings are made up. This was revealed in an
interview with Jim Ward,1
a piercerwho in the late 1970s started Piercing Fans
International Quarterlyand making Gauntlet body piercing
jewellery, all of which wasfinanced by his friend Doug Molloy. It
seems that Molloy feltthat piercing needed a bit more romance
surrounding it. He inventeda wide selection of names and histories to
make it more interesting,and now that they have appeared in print
the names have becomeaccepted as fact."
Ferguson H (1999)
Here is the world history of tattoo in six
The history of tattoo in the Europe and America in
argue against this
the reasons for historical antipathy in the West are suggested
by many scholarly works including Gellís Wrapping in Images,
Bodies of Inscription, Nicholas Thomasís Tattoo, Bodies, Art, and
Exchange in the Pacific and the West, and Jane
Caplanís Written on
It has to do with a convergence
of historical influences: Christian
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
The cover is thicker than the text.
Comments by Westley Wood
Need to Know:
Body Piercing and tattooing
by Paul Mason