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On Body Mods

With the increasing popularity of piercings, tattoos, and other forms of body modification in our modern culture, I often find myself wondering:

What is the history of body modification in American culture?

Are certain personality types drawn to body modification more than others?

What are some perspectives on the role of body modification in identity politics?

Maybe you’ve had similar questions yourself. These books might help:


The Tattooed Lady: A History
by Amelia K. Osterud

Tattooed ladies upended conventional notions of female beauty and modesty as they criss-crossed the country in traveling circuses, sideshows, and carnivals. This unique history chronicles their fascinating place in American culture. 2009.

Body Piercing and Tattoo
by Heather L. Furey

Presents multiple perspectives and arguments regarding tattoos and body piercings. Discusses how some view body art as a way to have control of their bodies and personal identities. Also includes information on researching tattoo parlors, removal techniques, and more. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2015.

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