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I'm so glad I had my ears pierced when I was 1 year old. Seriously, I want to have a helix/cartilage piercing done and I've done like two hours of research. I'm not scared of the pain, I'm scared of possible infections and complications. :O And not being allowed to sleep on the pierced side.

If I had to do my earlobes, I probably would not, because I can't sleep on my back, or any way that doesn't have at least one ear on the pillow.

So thank you, parents, for doing it to me before I could remember it. Many people seem to be against doing that sort of body modification to a baby who can't consent (I'm all for a person being aware and consenting during any life-changing body modification... aka circumcision... which is rarely done in Croatia and most of Europe), but I can't be happier that I had ears done as a baby. For some reason, I'm strangely defensive of parents who pierce their toddlers. Must be because it's tradition here. OMG that foul word. Tradition. Just because people are used to doing it, doesn't mean it should be done, hm? Do you have a stance on this? I've read about it, and some people have quite passionate opinions, both for and against.

Anyone had any piercings done?

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magicalbluebox
Nov. 15th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
I totally agree. I remember getting my ears pierced but I was really little, but I had a grand ol' time for some reason. I'm sure I cried, but still, I was excited. However now they've closed up a bit and I really need to get them re-pierced. I'm not looking forward to it. I know I can deal with the pain, but I don't know. It still worries me. I actually have wanted a cartilage pierce for many years but then I figured that if I can't keep up with two normal piercings, why get another?

I also agree with you on circumcision. I really hate it when people compare it with ear piercings on a chile. Ear piercings have no major effect on your life except that you can buy earrings. Circumcision changes the way you experience sex for the rest of your life. that foreskin ain't comin' back. Seriously, why are they even compared? One is SURGERY the other is a shot.

On the topic of tradition, as an anthropologist (in the making?) I have to say that it depends on what people within that tradition make of it. If they like it, good. If they don't, change. But don't let outsiders tell you what to do. Cultural practices should be judged on the principles and beliefs of the people within that culture.

This is why I can argue that circumcision (which is very common in the US) is wrong because if goes against out standards of independent decision process of the individual.
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