Here's yet another reason (among the many others!) why tattooed women rock. Keep your chin up, beautiful tattooed ladies!
Tattooed women have been labelled with many stereotypes—most of them negative—for years. Some labels suggest promiscuity, while some name tattoos on a woman as fetish. Tattooed women have also been accused of insecurity and low self-esteem as the reason for getting their tattoos in an effort to “hide” and “vandalize” their true selves. A new study conducted by an American professor turned up some pretty interesting results.
“Tattoos, gender and well-being among American college students,” a study conducted by Texas Tech University sociology professor Jerome Koch found the strong correlation between tattooed college-aged women and considerably high self-esteem. Koch has been studying body modifications for years and this is how he discovered from getting nearly 2,400 college students from six U.S. public universities to participate in a his survey the conclusion of college-aged women with four or more tattoos tend to possess higher levels of self-esteem than their peers.
“There’s just this weird paradox, only among women with four or more tattoos,” Koch tells Yahoo Health, baffled by his findings.
This may be linked to the poll conducted by Fox News in 2014 where results showed that 20% of U.S. adults have at least one tattoo, with women under the age 35 found to be almost twice as likely as their male counterparts to get tattoos (47% and 25%).
Some describe this as the most ironic thing they've heard in a while as the stigma of women choosing to tattoo their bodies as a form to hide themselves has really stuck, depicting tattooed women as insecure, possessing unsurprisingly low levels of self-esteem. Quite the contrary, it seems.
Deeper into Koch's study suggest that some women see tattoos as a form of healing. Whatever insecurity or uncertainty they may have before have been washed away by ink, letting them reclaim themselves with a fresh, new perspective in life—seeing themselves in a different, positive light.
The bottom line to this is that tattoos are just as powerful as the person bearing them let themselves become. They're beautiful tools to really modify the way a person sees themselves for the better. And that's another point for tattoos!