Michelle McGee. It's become painful to even type her name anymore.
But as long as she's still on the loose -- now doing night club "tours" to fix her image
-- us tattooed women still find ourselves having to fix the image she's imposed on us all.
Granted, the negative "might as well be a bullseye
" view of us didn't start with McGee sleeping with Sandra Bullock's hubs then trying to monetize her special brand of sleaze. Women who have the courage (and high pain threshold) to change their bodies in a way that doesn't conform to society's unrealistic standards of beauty can be intimidating to the weak -- and when the weak get scared, they lash out:
"I'm sorry if this offends people, but nothing says SKANK to me like a
woman with tattoos and/or piercings."
That's the very first comment to the CBS News video
(above) in which I was interviewed about this very insipidy. The video also includes interviews with a beautiful tattooed woman and artist Darren Rosa at his Rising Dragon studio
in NYC. It pans down her backpiece-in-progress showing how artful tattoos can be, and then I come on with my usual blah blah about tattoo stereotypes. And yet, the first thing someone can think to write -- and go through the process of creating an account to do so -- is the word "skank" (in caps no less!).
So yeah, I'll keep preaching in the media to "fight the backlash" as long as skank, tramp, and trash
are used to define us. Even if it's painful.
Read more of my Michelle McGee sermons here: