Bodyshockers: My Piercing Hell

Katie Piper and EmilyThe second part of the Bodyshocker’s documentary series was based upon body piercings and plastic surgery elements, Emily shown above as you can see is a piercing fan, with numerous piercings such as snakebites, smiley and a stretched septum you could say its an addiction however this former metal fan wants times reversed after a night out found her ear lob was snapped by a random passer-by.

Ear stretching has became popular in recent years and isn’t uncommon amongst teenagers, however there are dangers to over-stretching your ears like Emily found, her stretched lobes were referred to as the size of ‘coke cans’. Ear elasticity can go back to it’s natural size if you stretch it to around size 12 or below, again it depends on the individuals elasticity.  In Emily’s case she had to have her ear lobes sewn back up, surprisingly though the results were really well, I was surprised at how normal her ears actually looked after the surgery, she also had laser surgery on unwanted tattoos.

My Piercing Hell JodieBeautician Jodie is also a piercing addict, with numerous piercings across her face and body she has no plans on stopping, she tells us that it’s the attention she craves when sporting a new piercing. Attention is not the right reason to get a piercing or a tattoo as you can regret it which a lot of the people on this programme has done. Jodie is on the programme because she wants a ‘Dermal Punch’ piercing, for those of you that don’t know of this procedure then its basically having a hole punched in your ear and fitted with a tunnel like ones you can get for ear stretchers, the piercers who do Jodie’s piercings actually describe the tool as a ‘apple corer but on a smaller scale’  now doesn’t that just sound delightful?

Dermal Punch ToolDermal Punches can be made in different sizes as shown with the image above, however it cannot be reversed so if you ever think of getting one then take careful consideration instead of getting it on a whim. If you see the programme then it will most likely put you off because it wasn’t the easiest thing to watch.

Dimple Surgery CherelleThe final shock I will leave you with is Cherelle who had ‘Dimpleplasty’ surgery which created rather large dimples in her face which was made with flesh which was cut away, she told Katie she is a huge fan of dimples especially on stars such as Cheryl Cole, the procedure took a total of 20 minutes and cost £3000. In a crazy bid to look beautiful has it really came to having flesh cut from your face in order to feel confident? Yes dimples can look cute but if you aren’t born with them naturally would you really pay £3000 to have holes put in your face?

Again the series is available on 4OD and is well worth a watch.

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BodyShockers: My Tattoo Hell

Katie PiperBodyshockers: My Tattoo Hell is the first of I believe three shocking documentaries on Channel 4 focusing on body modification, the second focuses on piercings and then the third and final documentary goes back to tattoos.

Tattoo’s are never perceived in a positive light it seems, previously Channel 4 had a show focusing on poorly executed tattoos and tattoos done abroad on drunk holiday makers, why can they not focus on credible artists for a change?

Katie Piper meets different people with tattoo regrets ranging from a new mom to a Johnny Depp impersonator, the most shocking tattoo of the show to me was one on a mans eyelid, what a strange and painful place for a tattoo! This man purely got the tattoo to out stage his brother who has a camel tattooed on his toe, the man in questioning had ‘Japs’ tattooed on his eyelid with is just bad taste and racist. He claimed to have gotten it whilst on a drunk night out not thinking about his decision, what the show didn’t highlight it that it is illegal to tattoo somebody under the influence. He takes the painful and dangerous route of tattoo removal.

Merlisa My Tattoo HellNew mom Merlissa had a large chest piece done to rebel against her grandparents, at the tender age of 16! Again not mentioned on the show that this is again illegal. Getting a tattoo for the shock factor is never a good idea, Merlissa undertakes the decision to have the piece removed as she feels self conscious around other mothers at they playground, she states it was part of her past and no longer wants the piece as a reminder, this is why tattoos should have large amounts of thought put into them before they are inked permanently.

I don’t want to detail the whole show as it is worth a watch so i’ll leave you with the trailer! Documentary is available on 4OD

 

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Miss Representation (2011)

Miss Representation is a documentary from 2011 exploring the media pressures put on young women in America, it more so talks about the limited political power that is given to women and how female power is under-represented in media influences. The documentary was quite a shock to how sexist the media actually is, it showcases women as being natural enemies to each other and generally bitchy behaviour, come on now women do get on with each other.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom narrates throughout the documentary the fears she has of her little girl growing up in the male dominated environment, if they aren’t subjecting women sexually they are undermining their intelligence. A wide range of shocking statistics are also used throughput to showcase how oblivious we may be to what is actually going on in front of our very eyes on a daily basis.

Shock Statistics

“Studies prove exposures to sexually explicit video games and music videos is linked to men’s acceptance of rape myths and sexual harassment”

“1 in 6 women are survivors of rape or attempted rape”

“It is estimated that out of the 8 million people with an eating disorder 7 of those million are women.”

“In 2011, only 11% of protagonists in films were female.”

“Women hold only 5% of clout positions in telecommunications, entertainment, publishing, and advertising”

Media influences may seem ineffective but they do shape how a society thinks, females are constantly sexualised which makes it seem that we are objects, in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto men can beat up female prostitutes and get their money back after ‘using their services’ it shows a complete lack of respect towards women and like this behaviour is acceptable and possibly even funny.

It may not be featured in the Documentary due to it being 2 years later but  Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines is a primary example of how women are being overly sexualised constantly in the media. The models in the video are dancing around topless (explicit version) and the lyrics over exert sexual intentions and rape, the blurred line wipes out the answer no making it seem like the females are available and this is not acceptable, glorifying rape in popular culture formats will make it more accessible for audiences, women should not be portrayed as sex objects or even used just to boost a songs video hits.

Blurred LinesWith women’s small contribution to media services it means that the patriarchal society will continue to grow, males will continue to undermine a females persona and focus more on her looks, with the over exposure of slim models and celebrities and shaming those who gain weight then it will make it seem like your looks are the most important factor of life.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom illustrates that when auditioning for roles she was advised not to mention her educational achievements due to it being potentially intimidating, what’s wrong with having a degree? Women aren’t dumb which is constantly a media stereotype e.g.’dumb blondes’ but it seems that if you do have good educational traits then you are an outcast and you should focus more on your looks rather than studying. A good example of this is Mean Girls, this isn’t mentioned in the documentary btw, it’s a film that everybody has either heard of or seen, when Cady remotely shows any intelligence she is instantly looked at like she is a freak by the ‘Plastics’ but then you slowly see her consumed by the beauty obsession and bitchy personality.

If more female power was allowed in the media then changes could be made, young girls wouldn’t feel self conscious about their looks at such a young age and the ever growing increase in depression and eating disorders wouldn’t be such a high risk. Everyday females aren’t like those constantly showcased in music video’s, Miley Cyrus may walk around in next to nothing and twerk but it doesn’t mean that every girl wants to act like this.

2013 MTV Video Music Awards - ShowMore statistics and information for the documentary can be found on it’s official site, it can also be viewed on Netflix (UK)

http://film.missrepresentation.org/statistics

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