We accepted it as gospel and never questioned its validity. But as I grew up, it seemed like everyone I met, no matter their place of origin, knew and understood the earring code, as arbitrary as it seems. Historically speaking, the truth is more complex.
I first got my ears pierced at the age of five. I had been wearing jewel-toned stick-on earrings from Claire's for at least a year beforehand, and every morning as my mom accessorized, I would ask her, "what does getting your ears pierced feel like? By the time my ears were finally pierced for my fifth birthday, I had been struggling with gender dysphoria for at least two years.
We may all remember those times when, as kids, we were told by those who were older than us that a boy should never pierce his right ear because it meant that he was gay. It apparently meant so much more, it was a symbol of your sexual preference and, most of the time, it was something shameful. Fortunately, times have passed and nowadays, homosexuality has become more and more accepted in society.
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At the age of 9, Michael McDonald wants to have his ear pierced. He says all the girls in his fourth-grade class at Public School in Brooklyn have pierced ears. More important, one boy wears a diamond stud, and Michael likes the way it looks.
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An earring is a piece of jewelry attached to the ear via a piercing in the earlobe or another external part of the ear except in the case of clip earrings, which clip onto the lobe. Earrings are worn by both sexes, although more common among women, and have been used by different civilizations in different times. Locations for piercings other than the earlobe include the rooktragusand across the helix see image at right.
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