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Excuse me for being rather old and of a previous generation, but i would genuinely like to know what the thinking is behind any woman having a nose ring, entire arms covered with tattoos, hair an unlikely startling shade and suchlike. Do they think these things enhance beauty or is it a tribal thing?

In times gone by, in my youth, it was sailors and soldiers who had tatoos. It represented ultra tough manhood I presume. Now I am amazed at the numerous women, not even only the young, who can be excused as not knowing any better. What are they portraying about themselves?

It is not a new subject of course, yet it is the reasoning behind it that intrigues.

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Rose2020 wrote: Fri Aug 05, 2022 10:50 amExcuse me for being rather old and of a previous generation, but i would genuinely like to know what the thinking is behind any woman having a nose ring, entire arms covered with tattoos, hair an unlikely startling shade and suchlike. Do they think these things enhance beauty or is it a tribal thing?

In times gone by, in my youth, it was sailors and soldiers who had tatoos. It represented ultra tough manhood I presume. Now I am amazed at the numerous women, not even only the young, who can be excused as not knowing any better. What are they portraying about themselves?

It is not a new subject of course, yet it is the reasoning behind it that intrigues.
Do you feel the same way about all jewelry, body modifications, and cosmetic styling or is it just modern combinations that you aren't used to? Do pierced ears, long (perhaps artificial) fingernails, and artificially blonde hair confuse you the same way as the other examples you described?
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Well, now you mention it, very long fingernails intrigue me. How do the ladies who have them perform their er most private ablutions?

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Rose2020 wrote: Fri Aug 05, 2022 10:50 am Excuse me for being rather old and of a previous generation, but i would genuinely like to know what the thinking is behind any woman having a nose ring, entire arms covered with tattoos, hair an unlikely startling shade and suchlike. Do they think these things enhance beauty or is it a tribal thing?

In times gone by, in my youth, it was sailors and soldiers who had tatoos. It represented ultra tough manhood I presume. Now I am amazed at the numerous women, not even only the young, who can be excused as not knowing any better. What are they portraying about themselves?

It is not a new subject of course, yet it is the reasoning behind it that intrigues.
No big deal. Times change. Fashions change. Mores change.

I'd suspect that women who get tattoos are portraying about themselves that they like tattoos. No mystery there.


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Yet, I still wonder what purpose tattoos serve, for women.
I presume for men they give an impression of virility.

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Rose2020 wrote: Sun Aug 07, 2022 3:09 am Yet, I still wonder what purpose tattoos serve, for women.
I presume for men they give an impression of virility.
What purpose does art hanging on a wall serve?


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Often none at all. I certainly wouldn't want to be wearing it. Especially modern art which is rubbish, like the Emperor's New Clothes story!

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Rose2020 wrote: Sun Aug 07, 2022 3:30 am [Replying to Tcg in post #6]

Often none at all. I certainly wouldn't want to be wearing it. Especially modern art which is rubbish, like the Emperor's New Clothes story!
Then why do you assume tattoos must serve a purpose?


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Everything we do must have purpose and meaning. Otherwise we are fools.

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Rose2020 wrote: Sun Aug 07, 2022 7:15 am [Replying to Tcg in post #8]

Everything we do must have purpose and meaning. Otherwise we are fools.
This doesn't address my question. I asked why you think that there must be a purpose for wearing tattoos when you see no purpose in hanging some kinds of art.


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