Why is it that people such as Mr. Esolen are not asked to speak on this topic? When it comes time to discuss this very subject, I never hear people who can speak like this on CNN, The Daily Show, The View, Bill Maher, Piers Morgan, or name some other superficial, pithy, sound-byte driven program parading itself as enlightened, progressive, and “in the know, in the now”? I only mention these programs not because they are serious platforms on which to discuss meaningful subjects but rather as programs that people tune into to gather catchphrases to use later on when discussing these subjects with others around the water cooler, dinner table, or cocktail parties. This was not only a beautiful, charitable, and well reasoned piece, but it spoke truth. The problem I find is that when people’s heads and hearts are filled only with “I want what I want when I want how I want” and “That’s YOUR truth, not MY truth” and “Love is love”, it is impossible to discuss this very subject. Excellent piece, Mr. Esolen.
Considering how many people actually have tattoos right now you would think there would be mainstream acceptance. According to a 2015 Harris poll , nearly half (47 percent) of millennials reported having a tattoo. I’m a millennial mom and I have some tattoos (and purple hair this month, had green hair last year). I’ve had my fair share of parental judgement. Parents at my kid’s school, administrators, fellow community event goers in my town, and my neighbors have all thrown me side eye or made snide, off handed remarks about my appearance and my abilities to be a good parent. As if the two are even remotely related. Spoiler alert: they’re not.