Science Answers: What Lower Back Tattoos On Women Really Mean
“The tat is a telltale sign that the woman who paid to have it permanently etched onto her body is easy… That’s really not fair. But many times, life just isn’t.”
Results of an interesting new study were released earlier this week, the focus of which was lower-back tattoos on women. The research took place in France, and the results were anything but flattering to the fairer sex. In short, the study showed that most men believe that women who have a tattoo on their lower back are more likely to have sex with them.
Ah, the French.
Now, I’m not here necessarily to argue against the study, or to even poke holes in the testing process. I mean, everyone knows that the best scientific research is done on a beach in the south of France, right? But what I would like to do is give my point of view on the matter.
I, as a single 31-year-old man, tend to disagree with the study
, before I go any further, I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring up the term "tramp stamp." Over the course of the past 20 or so years, that term has weaseled its way into the pop culture lexicon. And while it’s likely not news to anyone, the term "tramp stamp" refers to a lower-back tattoo. As if the tat is a telltale sign that the woman who paid to have it permanently etched onto her body is easy.
That’s really not fair. But many times, life just isn’t.
The lower-back tattoo is kind of like the scarlet letter of modern times. In many, if not most, cases, I’d assume that the woman in question got the tattoo at an early age — I’d venture to guess between 17 and 22. In your teens and early 20s, more than half of the decisions you make in life are hormonally based. At that age, your judgments are all too determined by teenage angst. Perhaps the girl got the tattoo as a way of rebel against her parents. Maybe it was a way to draw some attention from a guy she felt invisible to. Hell, maybe the girl was wasted off Zimas and got it in a buddy’s kitchen at a house party. Who the hell knows? Either way, I truly feel that no one should be permanently held accountable for a decision they made prior to turning 25.
“This study falls under the rules of one of the oldest sayings in the world: Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
And aside from the poor decisions of capricious youth, I just don’t believe that a tattoo has any correlation to someone’s sexual promiscuity, or lack thereof. Sure, a chick with a tattoo may be a little more adventurous than your average woman, but to label someone a "tramp" for getting the Chinese symbol for "strength" tattooed above her ass, well, that just doesn’t seem all that fair — especially in this day and age.
Have you been to a beach lately? If not, newsflash: Everyone has tattoos!
In 20 years, our generation is going to make it so that full sleeves in nursing homes are a common sight. It’s crazy to envision, but absolutely true. Tattoos are more common than they’ve ever been — whether on arms, necks, chests or even the dreaded lower back. I have countless female friends with tattoos, some of whom even have one in the aforementioned spot, and I can safely say that none of them want to have sex with me.
This study falls under the rules of one of the oldest sayings in the world: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Because a girl has a tattoo above her butt doesn’t mean she wants you to pull off her pants. The same can be said for a woman with a chest piece. Tattoos are art, and as such, they simply don’t reflect upon a girl’s tendency to give it up easy. That train of thought, in this day and age, is archaic. Here in New York, where I live, tattoo parlors are almost as common as bars, coffee shops or delis.
Of course, as can be said for every situation in life, there are exceptions to the rule. If a girl has a lower-back tattoo with an arrow pointed down, and the words "Party Time" written above it, well, then, yeah, she may be willing to do you under the boardwalk. But if it’s anything else, you’re likely barking up the wrong tree. Sorry, dude.
Make no mistake about it: tattoos are art. Perhaps if a girl got one in the ’70s or ’80s, she could be seen as some sort of a badass rebel. But in today’s modern society, a chick with a tattoo is just, well, a chick with a tattoo.
But what do I know? I’ve never been to a French beach.