Body Jewelry – To Pierce Or Not to Pierce


From women’s ear piercings to pierced tongues, body jewelry has come a long ways in a short time. Much like ancient civilizations throughout history, today’s generation has gone to more extreme multiple piercing of various body parts.  Opinions differ about body piercing, both pro and con. Some people say that body piercings are an ultimate expression of who they are.   Others are completely opposed to any and all piercings and can’t imagine why anyone in their right mind would disfigure themselves by placing an object permanently through their flesh. Whether one is for or against, or is unsure about piercing one way or the other, the reality is that most of the piercing holes will eventually close up as long as they’re not made too large.

Body piercing is the process of puncturing the skin and placing metal jewelry and adornment through the hole. Practiced widely in ancient times, even today some indigenous cultures still practice body piercings for both adornment and status symbol.  Body piercing grew out of favor in Western civilization during the last two millennia of the Christian era. In recent years however, there has been a resurgence modern piercing which like tribal cultures are done mainly for adornment and status purposes.

Perhaps you’re thinking about getting your body pierced.  The decision is totally up to you. You need to consider why you might want to get your body pierced.  Are you attached to a certain image that means something to you, or do you want to do it only for the sake of getting a body piercing?  Maybe some of your friends have piercings, and you want to get one yourself so you can better fit in with the crowd. Maybe your think it beautiful or cool, or the ultimate form of personal expression.  Whatever you decide, remember that a piercing is permanent.  Even if you change your mind some day and remove your body jewelry, when the hole heals, there will still be some evidence that it was once pierced.

Not all who have made the choice have been completely happy with it.  However, many people are satisfied with their body piercings years later. They are satisfied because the piercing brought them pleasure, and was meaningful to them personally. They did not do it because they succumbed to peer pressure, or it was the latest fad, but because it was something they wanted to do for themselves.

A final thought: if you are considering getting a body piercing, it’s your choice to make alone. You must decide if it is for you and if so, is it something you can live with it for the rest of your life. 

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