As a trans person, body modification was (and is) an extremely important aspect of my appearance and expression. I know a lot of other queer people have talked about this, but before I could medically transition, all I had to express myself was piercings and hair dye. I actually gave myself ear piercings because it was my only option to have piercings as a kid. It was important to me to make this body feel like home, and all I had was an earring and extra room in my ear, and it was so empowering. I never felt like I had agency in my body as a kid (especially as a trans kid), but nobody could stop me from altering it like that like they could for me transitioning. I decided, in my small bathroom, that I would finally take my body into my own hands. I would create something that was entirely my own.
I've done a lot of things to this body. I've given myself eight piercings between both of my ears. I've given myself plenty of tattoos, as well. This body is scarred. It is altered, but it has been made mine. My hair has been coloured and cut and shaved and everything in-between. I've taken my body back from others. I have reclaimed it from the expectations of others. This body finally feels as though it is mine - how could I hate this temple?