Running Head: TATTOOS AND TEENAGE REBELLION Tattoos and Teenage Rebellion Tattoos have become a normal part of our society. In the article “On Teenagers and Tattoos,” by Dr.Andres Martin M.D. the issues regarding teenagers and there use of tattooing and body modifications are addressed. With teenagers being so at odds with their own identities they look to tattoos to define their individuality-or lack thereof. They become a staple of permanence in an increasingly transient society.
“As with any other fashion statement, they can be construed as bodily aids in the inner struggle towards identity consolidation, serving as adjuncts to the defining and sculpting of the self by means of external manipulations” is how Martin puts it(Martin, 2012, p.320). In most states, legislation restricts professional tattooing to adults older than eighteen. But in today’s day and age it’s very common for adolescents to have friends or know of people who do tattoos. Since it’s so easy to have access to things like that; a lot of teens get house tattoos without their parents ever finding out because the person doesn’t necessarily need permission. Meaning that they know someone, or their friends know of someone, who does tattoos but doesn’t work in a shop, instead they work out of their house.
1: In the text written by Valerie Ulene, a specialist in preventing medicine, we are confronted with her opinion on teen plastic surgery. We are given her views on this delicate matter, where she perspectives the problems of today’s teens, to what she was dealing with. She thinks that it is a serious choice whether or not to have plastic surgery, pointing out that many teens change their mind, like the wind blows, not thinking of the consequences. She writes about how the youth is faced with tremendous pressure to be attractive. They are in the belief, that what they see in the magazines is normal.
Teaching teenagers about contraceptive options decreases teen pregnancy rates. Critics of sex education in schools argue that sex education can lead to increased sexual activity, but this is a false perception. In fact, strong evidence indicates that sexual education does not encourage increased sexual activity or sexual risk (Ross 1).Sex education programs would be a great way to prevent sexual activity because it could show teens the consequence of being sexually active. Once a teen parent has a child she has to figure out how she can attend school and afford child care. Educating these mothers could help prevent their children from becoming future teenage parents themselves, so the cycle of parenthood is stopped.
“On teenagers and tattoos” In the article about “teenagers and tattoos” the writer talks about the usual groups of adolescents who normally get tattoos, and also talks about the psychological issues that the adolescent could have, in which directs the adolescent toward getting a tattoo. Not only to adolescents get tattoos, but when an adolescent decides on getting a tattoo there are many factors that go into their decision; following a trend, peer pressure, and even using tattoos as a way to express themselves, and to feel more independent about their lives and body. The audience of this article would be directed towards psychiatrists as opposed to your basic person. The article was written in June of 1997, and even though the times are different and the fads are not the same today as they were in 1997, there is still one thing in common and that was adolescents getting tattoos on their bodies. In this article it gives facts and opinions, “on teenagers and tattoos”, for instance, when talking about the reasoning for which adolescents tattoo their bodies would be an opinion, no one can really say why someone chose to do something, you can get a good idea by doing surveys and questionnaires but everyone is different.
One solution about the problem may be to speak up about the problem. How will anyone know that gun violence is a problem and must be stopped? “Closed Mouths Don’t Get Fed” A great quote that support this solution. We need to speak up, adults as well as our young children. Adults can speak to the young children and let them know what’s right from wrong considering our young children are the ones being targeting when it comes to gun play as well as violence.
Finally, says Martin, because teens are disturbed by modern society's mobility and fragmentation and because they long for stability and rootedness, the irreversible nature of tattoos may give them a sense of permanence. Martin concludes that tattoos can be a meaningful record of survived teen experiences. He encourages therapists to regard teen tattoos as "self constructive and adorning efforts", rather than as "mutilatory and destructive acts" (113), and suggests that tattoos can help therapists understand teenagers better. Works Cited Martin, Andres. "On Teenagers and Tattoos."
Parents, of course, are worried about their children following the example of such advertisements. The men and women are shown as cool and children are easily influenced by such role models. It is important to be accepted when you are young. If one child starts smoking, many of his friends will follow, because they want to be part of the crowd. Many parents claim that the advertisements should only be shown in adult magazines, not for example in television papers, to which children also have access.
Studies done by Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, prove that by age 16, 17% of girls and 29% of boys have had sexual intercourse. Using a contraceptive during sexual intercourse has been proven to protect against pregnancy and infections in the body. Distributing contraceptives in school will cause kids to become more sexually responsible and aware, lower teen pregnancy rates, and lower teen STDs rates also. Distribution of contraceptives teaches teens who are sexually active, and even those who are not, to have sex responsibly. Contraceptives are not that accessible to teens, so those who are sexually active are having unprotected sex.
The three texts represents that teenagers are a typical teenager that annoys parents, emo teenagers that cut their wrists and oversexed jockey. These texts construct a variety of versions of reality that position the audience to accept the attitudes, values and beliefs that underpin these representations. When confronted with texts that privilege teenagers it is then apparent that only a narrow view is being represented. It is important to remember that genre is a cultural and social construction which has been divided into two categories, masculine and feminine. These constructions are ways of behaving, thinking and feeling rather than physical traits.