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Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012

Updated: Monday, November 5, 2012 20:11


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I get it. It's the 21st century. You're cool, you're rebellious, you're cutting edge, you have a point to prove, and you're a woman. Awesome.

Ladies, I know you're at least at the legal age of making your own decisions, but before you decide to get a tattoo, allow me to let you in on a little secret. A secret you may have not fully realized yet thus far in your life. What you must understand is, as women, we are – naturally – beautiful creatures.

Seriously, though. Your body literally has the ability to turn heads. Guys drool over us. We hold some serious power in our hands, because – as corny as this sounds – we hold the world's beauty.

But something girls seem to forget nowadays, or maybe have not been taught, is that women hold the world's class and elegance in their hands, as well. So what's more attractive than a girl with a nice body? I'll tell you what: a girl with class. Looks may not last, but class does. And so do tattoos.

An elegant woman does not vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body. She appreciates it. She flaunts it. She's not happy with it? She goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done. She enjoys the finer things in life, all with the body she was blessed with.

But marking it up with ink? That's just not necessary.

I'm not here to say a girl should walk around flaunting her body like it's her job – that's just degrading. Instead of getting a tattoo, a more productive use of your time would be improving and appreciating the body you have been given, not permanently engraving it.

Can you get meaning out of a tattoo? Arguably. If you want to insert ink into your skin as a symbol for something greater than yourself, then maybe you are proving a point to yourself or the rest of the world.

But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that's it. You do something productive, though, and you see results. That's a genuine, satisfying change in life. Not ink.

Invest your time, money, and effort into a gym membership, or yoga classes, or new clothes, or experimenting with different hairstyles if you're craving something new with your body, not a tattoo.

I promise, it will be a much more rewarding experience, and you won't find yourself in a rut when your future grandkids ask you what's up with the angel wings on your upper back as you're in the middle of giving them a life lesson on the importance of values and morals.

God knows the last thing this world needs is another generation of kids questioning their basic values and morals.



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Brittany Nicole
Fri Feb 17 2012 00:40
My role model in life was my great grandma. She had nothing negative to say towards people because nothing positive would come of it. She was kind, gentle, went out of her way to put a smile on people's faces, cared more about others than herself, and an overall wonderful woman.

Two of my eight tattoos are dedicated to her. One of a koi fish (she had a koi pond) with the signature she put on all of her artwork and the other that is a sketch of a bird on a branch I found when looking through her stuff after she passed. I'm sorry, but you simply cannot tell me a tattoo does nothing for someone. I look at these tattoos on a daily person and am not able to feel a bit at peace with her death, but also allow myself to be reminded of the type of person I want to be - one with the same positive and caring attitude she had. Sorry, but on that point, you're wrong. My tattoos have led to self-growth.

PS - I have never wanted children so I won't ever have to explain my tattoos to my grandchildren but if I did, I would enjoy telling them the wonderful stories and reasoning behind each and every one of them. Why would I have shame in that?

Beauty in Everyone
Wed Feb 15 2012 14:29
What bothers me the most about this opinion piece is not her stance against tattoos. But, rather, her intimation that only women can be beautiful, classy, or elegant. She implies that women are the only people of beauty on this planet. Her implied sexism destroys any argument should could make.
UB Student
Fri Feb 10 2012 21:37
I'm aware this is an opinion article, but I know there are also more eloquent and sophisticated ways to express your opinion without making it sound like one giant, angry diary rant. I don't fancy tattoos either (shocker), but I felt that you went about expressing your feelings the wrong way and forgot that anything published online or in a newspaper is also part of the public domain. I am sorry for all the negative attention you have received from this, but try to take it in stride, listen to the constructive criticism, and build off it to enhance your writing career. One thing you can certainly take from this, is the experience you received and the lesson learned. This isn't the end for you, Lisa, and I wish you the best with your future, just remember who your audience is.
Thu Feb 9 2012 22:40
As an actual UB student who READ THE PAPER (and not online), I think you people actually need to know where this article was. It wasn't on the front page. It wan an opinion article, against a writer who supported tattoos.

Everyone keeps saying what she did was 'classless' and 'a disgrace'. I think you all are being classless for these comments. What you clearly fail to realize is that the Spectrum is a COLLEGE paper and this was written by a COLLEGE student. This is not the New York Times or the Washington Post. The amount of backlash for an opinion article in a college newspaper is absolutely pathetic and embarrassing.

Lisa Khoury, I hope that you do not give up Journalism. Everyone here at UB is behind you and supports you, even if it's against people with tattoos. UB STANDS TOGETHER.

Wed Feb 8 2012 18:34
'Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo.'
Really? How would you know if you've never gotten one? How do you know my tattoo doesn't serve as a reminder every single day of my life that I am better than self-harm? That every time I have the impulse, it's there to remind me that I deserve to love myself, to be healthy.
Tell me nothing came from that experience. Please.

Tattoos are an individual choice, and no one has the right to impose their beliefs one way or another on anyone else. And no one has the right to judge anyone on whether or not they have tattoos (except for your employer, who can choose how they want their business represented. But I don't think that's the case here, am I right?). Your instinct may be that a tattooed person is a classless individual... but is that right? Or is that just what you've been conditioned to think.

And by the way, as a woman, regardless of the fact that I am a tattooed woman, I am wholly offended by this article. I am more than a head turner, I am also intelligent, and possess the ability to exist without a man to make sandwiches for.

Wed Feb 8 2012 15:36
This is distasteful to say the least. I wish no ill harm on anyone but I do hope this and your fake apology don't go unnoticed in the career path that you chose. People who have tattoos and get things such as portraits of loved ones or military careers are never frowned upon. We as women are accepted for who we are no matter what we look like or what tattoos we have. You act like every woman in the world who has tattoos gets distasteful things THIS IS NOT TRUE. You need to look in the mirror and make sure that before you post things you can live with the regret. The wording used in this column is very disrespectful and insulting; you have an utter disregard to how other people view the world. Yes, this is the twenty first century, it is a different time where different things are excepted if people don't like it then they don't have to look or pay attention. I don't mind that you are expressing your view points because this is a free country and we all have a right to express our self, that is a given right just like those of us whom choose to get tattoos that is our RIGHT! Some of us with tattoos are successful women who happen to have family and friends think they are very elegant and classy. My biggest problem with your column is your lack of justification. I am right there with Corvo, I am a mother and I have tattoos, I am not setting a bad example because my kids know there are rules. Your post along with everything else in magazines makes children think they have to have the most expensive clothes that they have to shop at the mall or get their nails done or be high maintenance to be beautiful. This is very far from the truth, very far. People with tattoos do not have lower morals just because we choose to express ourselves differently. This is like you saying if you get your ears pierced you are tampering with the women's body to be elegant or classy. Tattoos are in the same concept whether you like it or not. Your point of view is based on a young naive high school students view not real life. There is a lot more going on in the world related to raising young women than having tattoo's write about something really worth your time, and not rubbish such as this where you will have millions of viewers whom find it distasteful.

Although i dont really care for your response due to the irritation you have caused my email is

Tue Feb 7 2012 15:58
As a person who doesn't have tattoos, I still find this article, and her subsequent "apology" to be quite offensive. The tattoo portion of this article is almost secondary to the misogyny and sexism going on here. Lisa clearly doesn't value herself as a person, and as a result doesn't value any women. She derisively writes how we should go to the gym and traipse around in new clothes constantly in order to feel a sense of self worth. Honey, people don't always get tattoos for attention, or to paraphrase you "decorate their temple", sometimes, and hold on to your 1950's pillbox hat, they get them for themselves. For deeper personal reasons that a haircut could never suffice to demonstrate. I really think the people defending you on here are friends or family because I sincerely doubt anyone reading this from an outside view thinks so highly of you as to defend this tripe. How are you even on a newspaper? Was the only mandate that you be able to partially string a sentence together? I hope you enjoy the backlash, because it is so incredibly well deserved.
Tue Feb 7 2012 15:49
Are you actually this ignorant? You get nothing out of a tattoo but you get something out of a haircut? You are so pathetically pitiful at writing that you almost aren't even worth replying to. You really deserved the backlash you got and frankly I hope it hurt. Misogyny in female form is truly a sick and sad thing. Are you trying to set women back half a dozen decades? Maybe it's your life's goal to go to the gym and and buy new clothes, that's fine. But how dare you preach that all women should do those things in lieu of getting a tattoo? If you had merely stated an argument based solely on your personal reasons for not wanting one, that would have been fine. Not everyone needs to get tattooed, but your view on people who have gotten them is disgusting and ignorant. Also, Ferrari? We can all see your photo sweetheart. Maybe try something a little closer to the truth next time. From all sides.
Mon Feb 6 2012 14:42
Congratulations on your feeble attempt to completely bury any landmarks that were reached by the feminist movement. Not only does your article blatantly objectify women, but it also pits you against other women who, at one point in time, were in the same damn struggle together. If our only two options are to be fools with tattoos or fools without, I guess I know the column in which you fall.

As for me, I have no tattoos. I'd rather be covered in them than be closed minded.

Nothing disappears on the internet. This article is your tattoo.

Jason Tung
Sun Feb 5 2012 13:02
Read my post very carefully , for it is a comment upon the articul , and not as you propose, an attack upon the author. regardless of how infernally ridicules her views seem to be
Sat Feb 4 2012 18:39
Whenever commenters react in such an over-the-top negative manner such as this, it is clear that the writer of the article has swerved far too close to exposing a terrible truth and must be silenced forthwith. For the tattooed, acknowledging the reality that you have made the disastrous and permanent mistake of advertising to the entire world for all time that you are a shallow, vain and self-absorbed twit with terrible judgement is simply too much to bear. The messenger must be sacrificed at all costs. Hence this response.

The writer has also learned a valuable lesson about the leftist masses (Remember, Tea Party: no tats. OWS: nothing but tats). They are ruthless, bloodthirsty and totally devoid of any class or basic human decency. Expose them at your own risk.

Nobody with a tat who was confident and at peace with his/her choice would react in such a rabid manner.

Sat Feb 4 2012 18:19
Dumbest article I have read in a long time.
proper grown up
Sat Feb 4 2012 15:59
Sat Feb 4 2012 15:57
"But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that's it. You do something productive, though, and you see results. That's a genuine, satisfying change in life. Not ink."

I could not disagree more. Tattoos are obviously not your thing, but for some of us, it's more, it's something else. It's art.

And you come across as terribly shallow and superficial.

Sat Feb 4 2012 12:49
I think you should just stand for your opinion. I wasn't upset by your first article, even though I completley disagreed. You sound like you need more life experience, you´re young. When weé young we aren't always as morally imaginative as we perhaps become over time, and in our meetings with other people and subcultures. Just stand for your opinion, what you wrote in the first article is what you wrote. Why take it back? Also, I am sorry for the backlash you recieved. It was hardly constructive, and completley out of line.
so many rude reponses...
Sat Feb 4 2012 03:56
To all who have commented rudely....

A 19 year old beginner journalist writes her first opinion piece for a college rag.
The topic is insignificant. A silly "fluff" piece, really. Meant more as entertainment than serious journalism, in a "two sides of the issue" presentation format.

Some thin-skinned (albeit tattoo'd) people get themselves all upset, send the article everywhere in a huge tantrum, and a vortex of complaining whiners grows exponentially, worldwide, in a day. It seriously got to the point that those commenting on facebook were clearly commenting upon other people's comments more than reacting directly to the piece itself, were misquoting Ms. Khoury wildly, and were tailgating conceptually upon each other, as opposed to reacting solely to the article.

What Ms. Khoury MEANT to say, or imply, and how she said or implied it, could be debated forever. Frankly, the article itself is no longer the issue. The issue is now the unabashed rudeness, the utter lack of manners, the nonexistent decorum, and the horrific incivility that ensued from people the world over. That's the real story now, and a MUCH bigger one.

Has everyone gone mad? Get a damn grip on yourselves. The more "woe is me" and "I am so injured" comments there are, the more nauseating it becomes. Get some spine. Are you that insecure about your stupid tattoos that you must crucify the kid (for an entire week now) with your asinine comments, personal attacks and insults? Are you really that concerned that what this young girl has written will "set back women's rights 50 years" ? C'mon now. Only slightly hyperbolic, don't you think? I am a feminist, and fought through those decades. This article hardly qualifies as a major setback. To think that it does shows a complete lack of awareness of what feminism and women's rights are about, both historically and now.

To state that you are "hurt" by anything this young woman has written is the most annoying position of all. Get over your fragile little self. Now.

She opined. You disagreed. So do so in a way you would hope someone would speak to you. Disagree with what she has written in a respectful manner. Comment on the piece. Not on her. That's over the line. Stop proving that the world is, in fact, full of idiots and that you are a prime example.

And last, stop doling out advice, scolding, shaking your finger at her, telling her to "learn her lesson" or most ridiculous of all, doubting her apology (see followup article). I appreciate that she wanted to apologize, but she didn't need to. It says more about her integrity that she did apologize, than it does about you, who harassed the living daylights out of her until she felt a need to.

Without doubt, this is most overblown reaction to a non-issue in a very long time.

Sat Feb 4 2012 00:31
"She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done."

And not one of those things makes a woman elegant or classy. Case in point... you.

Fri Feb 3 2012 21:42
I am a woman with a tattoo. If I cared what strangers thought of it, I would have consulted them before getting it. That being said, I'm not greatly upset by the article, although I do find it ridiculous to the point that it's almost (sadly) funny. Lisa, I'm sure you'll be relieved to know that so far, I haven't found myself in any partenting 'ruts' due to my tattoo. And somehow, I developed morals and standards of my own, despite growing up with a tattoed dad. (Or is it okay for men to have tattoos, and just not women? Ha!)

There are many things I could say about this article, but most if not all of them have already been well said by someone else. I'd just like to point out that women don't usually get tattoos in order to distract from less-than-stellar bodies. Yes, I have a tattoo, and that little bit of time I spent in that tattoo chair didn't magically rob me of my physcial fitness. I'm very involved in physical fitness, and rarely encounter other women who are as fit as I am. It's ridiculous for you to insinuate that tattoed women have crappy bodies, that we can't be 'Ferraris'.

Fri Feb 3 2012 21:01
"What you must understand is, as women, we are - naturally - beautiful creatures."
...they also have naturally beautiful minds to make their own decisions.
Fri Feb 3 2012 18:12
There are so many things wrong with this article. Firstly, it is assumed that men are not attracted to women with tattoos. There are plenty of men who love a woman with ink, and it does not make her less attractive in any way. If a man is turned off by a woman's ink; who cares? There are plenty of men who are not so superficial.
Secondly, saying she should do something else with her time; such as what? Getting hair or nails done?
Thirdly, she is obviously are not aware of how meaningful tattoos can be to people. Those who get memorials done and look lovingly down on that can you say that is worthless? You mention flaunting your legs or shopping first; as if that really challenges a woman or leads to self growth. I guess a new sweater will be more rewarding then a birth date of a dead child or parent. Tattoos can be landmarks of a persons life; I would love it if my grandparents had tattoos with stories behind them. Will I care if they did yoga once a week in their youth? I do not even know where morals or values fit into this article AT ALL. She tell the audience you promise there are better experiences out there, and yet say nothing to dissuade someone from actually getting one. This is a horrifically judgmental article that tries to speak about class in today's society and fails horribly. I think the author needs to think outside her own bubble.

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