“Yeah, and throw in a few piercings while yer at it“. I want to fit in don’t I? See! I, a female clark,* forever standing apart (never intentionally- honest) from those around me, can adorn myself in any manner of outrageous clothing, body art and piercings and finally “fit in”. Hell, where I live I could work in an office environment with all of the aforementioned (less the tube top.) It’s true! I’ve seen it! Example: visit to a dermatologist’s office a year or so after moving here. My first impression was “hm, a little different…” The front desk women were coiffed rather “uniquely”; the female physician assistant had a smidgeon of pink in her hair, a nose ring and of course…a few tatoos. See, no discrimination here! And get this – the law firm at which I recently interviewed employs at least one woman with multiple earings (more than 4) and a visible tatoo on her wrist. (I “connected” with her the most. Ya figure?) In certain geographic locations one simply cannot discriminate on the basis of hair colors or body art (tattoos, piercings) or you significantly reduce your employee pool.
The irony of living where I do is that I stand out not because of being a clark* but rather because I come from a very different place culturally. Among Beltway folk I suppose I was a “flaming” clark as the old saying goes but not here. The irony is that here, cultural assimilation hasn’t happened (thank God!) and I find myself standing apart more from the cultural difference(s) than from being a clark*. But I can still spot ’em here (clarks). It might be a little more difficult due to the proclivity for body adornment/alteration but I can still tell. To change one’s frame of reference is not to say that “who” we are changes. A clark* in Virginia is still a clark* in Florida, a scott* in Rhode Island is still a scott* in Idaho and a roger* in South Carolina is still a roger* in New Mexico. Which brings up an interesting point. If a clark* be difficult to spot in a land where cosmetically altered appearance is valued then does that make it more difficult to spot the scotts* and rogers* as well? scotts are usually not overly difficult to spot. The challenge would be in spotting the rogers*. Hm. Makes me wonder. Is there a place where the “lines” are blurred such that one could not discriminate between…. “what? no! I want cadmium red for the dagger not poppy red, fool! and it better look lifelike”….
* All you need to know about clarks, scotts and rogers is found at the Wakefield Doctrine