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Editor’s note:This is a guest post from Danielle Edwards – a Literature and History student and an aspiring Journalist.

Throughout history, the use of tattoos has been an important part of many cultures. From Polynesia to Ancient Egypt tattoos have been used as symbols of religious and spiritual devotion, good luck charms and commonly as promises of eternal love. They have also been used to aid identification of the oppressed during the Holocaust and slavery.

This increasingly popular form of body art is widely regarded as the ultimate form of self-expression. Whether intentional or not, a tattoo says something about its owner – and I dare say it is supposed to. However, symbols are subject to individual interpretation, and for this reason, tattoo art continues to be largely misunderstood.

But how many of you would agree that where misuse occurs misunderstanding becomes reason? As the ageless proverb reads, ‘too much of anything is good for nothing’.

An adult’s desire for body art should be respected. However a misinformed obsession for tattoos, especially among Dominican and other Caribbean teenage girls- many of whom are below the legal age of consent, should be a cause for deep concern, for health officials as well as ordinary citizens.

Increasingly Caribbean society is being infused with a culture of tattoos. It is definitely a new craze- just think of how many women in you knew with tattoos 10 years ago.

Internationally, Caribbean women have been stereotyped as uneducated and lacking in direction and family values, but best at dancing and parading in Carnival bands. Adding to these baseless views are increasing numbers of West Indian drug mules who are labeled as immoral women. These are some of major issues which should persuade us to be careful not make ourselves appear as a group of women who are easily influenced by foreign cultures. Some of us seem, perhaps by no fault of ours, to be unable to siphon the good from the bad. But in our decisions to imitate celebrities such as Rihanna, Beyonce, 50 cent and Britney Spears we must remember that they are fallible humans too.

If you’re going to wear a tattoo for the rest of your life, it should be located in such a way that it does not give persons the opportunity to judge you unfairly. It should also represent something meaningful or special, and not just be a copy of a friend’s or a Hollywood actress’s.

Caribbean women have always been proud to be different, exotic and unique. We should keep it that way!

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Here is an interesting article in the commentary column of the CNN.com/US called “Black Men Must Reclaim Our Children”. Thanks to fellow blogger Dan Tanner, who gave me the heads up on this article. The problem of black men not stepping up to their responsibilities in society pertains to not only to black men in Dominica but all over the world. Dads do matter, and it’s ridiculous for us to act as if all it takes is a loving mom.

Now I’m not saying that moms cannot raise their kids to be respectable people, because I’m a perfect example. My dad died when I was only five years old, and he left my mom with five children to care for. Like many single mothers out there, she raised us to the best of her ability. But there were times when I just wished that my dad was around to share certain experiences with which I couldn’t share with my mom.

Bottom line: I can sit here today and celebrate and enjoy a wonderful life because my parents were hell-bent on raising their children to do right by them, especially my mom.

Black men, it’s time to man up to our responsibilities, enough with the sperm donors. We need real men to stand up and reclaim our Children. The future of our boys is on us, and no one else. Aren’t time black men step-up? Let’s hear your comments.

Black men must reclaim our children [CNN.com/us]

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