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Top 10 Reasons Why Men Wear Earrings You Will Find Interesting

Updated on June 28, 2017
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Anamika S. Jain has been a social media consultant for six years. She has written more than 200 articles on relationships and dating.

Why Do Men Wear Earrings?

If asked why men wear earrings, the most common answers would be trend and tradition. Despite the fact that wearing earrings may work against men in many situations, like work or in an interview, it does not stop them from wearing it.

As far as I know

  • Many celebrities wear earrings, and fans like to follow them. Tyson Beckford bought expensive diamond studs for his girlfriend, then ended up wearing it for himself instead of returning to the jeweler when he found that she had been unfaithful.
  • Indian men have worn earrings through the ages. It may also be noted that Hindu gods are depicted with their danglers. It's part of Indian culture.
  • There are several references in the Bible also concerning earrings. Many Kings in India are known to wear them.
  • It is believed that men have worn earrings for as long as civilization has existed. Jade earrings of men dating back to 3000 BC have been found in Southeast Asia. In ancient times, men wore earrings in places like Assyria and Babylonia to denote their rank in society. Aztec warriors wore them as a mark of honor.
  • Even the primitive man pierced himself to wear earrings. Then, they were not only mere adornments that spoke of power, but prized possessions as well.
  • It is also believed that even slaves have worn earrings or bracelet as a symbol of slavery.

Why do guys wear earrings? Given below is a list of top 10 reasons why Men get their ears pierced.

Cristiano Ronaldo looks great with or without earrings
Cristiano Ronaldo looks great with or without earrings

Top 10 Reasons Why Men Wear Earrings

I was looking for the possible reasons males wear earrings and found many questions related to the topic. Here are some of them.

  • Why do guys wear in both ears ?
  • Should men wear ear accessories?
  • On which side do straight guys wear earrings?
  • Does the Bible teach that it is acceptable for men to wear it?
  • What does the Bible say about Men wearing earrings?
  • What does It mean when a Man wears in both Ears?
  • Is the trend of men wearing earrings over?
  • How old is too old for wear ear studs?
  • What Men are really saying when they wear it?
  • What does God say about such males?
  • Is there anything wrong with a man wearing it?

Given below are ten reasons why Men may choose to wear earrings.

  1. They're trendy. Many men wear rings as a fashion trend. Many young men wear ear studs or hoops as a style statement because they want to or find it attractive or stylish or to enhance their looks.
  2. As a custom or tradition. Others wear it as a custom or tradition followed in their religion. The practice of piercing ears is one of the Hindu practices performed in the third or fifth year for some children. This ceremony is celebrated by inviting people and feasting.
  3. As a status symbol. Some wear diamond studs or golden earrings as a way to display their wealth, or even keep them as a safe investment they can bank on during hard times.
  4. To play a role. There are many actors who pierce their ears so that they can fit into the character they are playing.
  5. To attract females. Some guys pierce their ears because they think that girls find guys with earrings sexy.
  6. It was a gift. Many times, the man may have gotten his ear stud as a gift from a girlfriend, wife, or a friend. So he may have pierced his ear or ears so that he could wear it.
  7. Marking your sexuality or style. Wearing earrings in one ear (on the right lobe) is often considered as a mark of homosexuality. But this could also just be a misconception, as there are also criminals using earrings to misguide people. Some parents also think that wearing an earring means that person is becoming a hippie.
  8. Physical therapy. Many wear earrings because of the therapeutic significance. It is believed that the point of vision in acupuncture is situated in the center of the lobe. Hence, the practice of wearing earrings is thought to have some therapeutic value.
  9. For one's spirituality. It is believed that long ear lobes like Buddha are a sign of spiritual development and superior status. Young yogis even now follow the practice of stretching the piercing to stimulate the psychic nerves connected to the ears.
  10. To rebel. Finally, many men also do it rebel or stand out in the crowd. People like to do things that they are specifically instructed not to do. Many also tend to think that wearing it would separate themselves from the masses — to be an individualist. (Thanks John for this point!)

Having said the above, I strongly believe that every individual has the right to choose what he/she should wear or not wear.

Guys, do you wear earrings? What's your reason? Ladies, what do you think of men wearing earrings?

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    J T Brock 2 years ago from Cambridge Ontario

    i got my left ear pierced back in 1986 when I was 21 and it was mostly due to rebellion. my father thought I was crazy and maybe I was but I wanted to show my independence from him. I wore a silver stud for a while then switched to a small gold hoop. i wore it for a few years and frankly got bored with it (my father passed away 3 months after getting the earring). over the years I felt like wearing it again and have done so. when I was 40 (10 years ago) I wanted to get my right ear pierced to match my left but my wife was against the idea,(I had gone as far as piercing it and wearing small fake diamond studs in both ears) so I took them out and haven't worn any since then. Now I just turned 50 last month and got the old urge to wear an earring again and put the stud back in my left ear about a week ago. my wife wasn't thrilled but has refrained from commenting.

    I guess my reasons for wanting an earring are my desire to show confidence and show a little style. I don't think generally earrings are feminine but I do think there are feminine type earrings and masculine type earrings.

    I am constantly amazed at the wide range of comments. some people sure have some strong opinions about guys wearing earrings. most guys who wear earrings don't really care about the negative comments, I find. Everyone should be free to choose what they want to wear. I happen to think guys wearing earrings are cool. but that's my opinion and everyone is entitled to their opinion. but it bothers me that the harsh vile comments are meant to hurt and attack others. if you don't like it when guys wear earrings that's fine, but that's your opinion and nasty hateful comments don't help anyone in the long run.

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    gray1954 3 years ago

    I am now 60 and just got my ear pierced after thinking about it on and off for some time. My wife and son were a bit shocked at first but not made any adverse comments. Some people say it does not suit me but others think it looks 'cool'. I like it and that's what really matters at the end of the day.

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    GoldenClays 3 years ago

    I wear an earring because it's an expression of my own independent nature. I am 60 years old. Used to wear one when I was in a band, some years back. I recently decided to do it again. Why? Because I am at a point in my life, where I don't have to care about having to conform to any rigid social rules in groups I run around with. I want to be myself, and more importantly. Life is just too short to sweat the small stuff. My philosophy: If the shoe fits - WEAR IT. Besides, I think it looks pretty cool. Especially when I am on my bike.

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    tar707 3 years ago

    To all those men who get piercings simply to "rebel against society", and "be different", how petty is that. Unfortunately many men have piercings too, so you are merely conforming to a common lifestyle choice. You want to stand out in the crowd? Ride around in a bloody penny-farthing singing the theme-tune to StarWars dressed like a Tibetan monk; I'm sure you would be the centre of everyone's attention.

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    GerardS 4 years ago

    Hi Anamika, this is an interesting article, I wanted to have my ears piereced ever since I was at primary school but did not get them pierced until well into adulthood! I usually wear a hoop and stud I my left ear and a stud in my right ear. It is nothing to do with gender or sexuality. I have a professional job and have never had any negative comments. There is a lot of prejudice against men wearing earrings but I don't bother to take any notice. In fact I feel uncomfortable without them.

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    zaqlow 5 years ago

    I had my ear pierced when I was 16 and 2 more when 19 I am now 50 and have had them in and out over the years as the mood takes me. but recently I have started wearing one in my left ear (a silver stud) always

    I used to be a punk in the late 70s and now Im an original punk

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    jjDude 5 years ago

    well here is my two pence worth, gay men in my country where among the first to wear an ear ring in the left ear which was kinda an identification to other men theat they are gay. Now we wear ear rings in both ears among other body decorations. i think this was and is cool as it pointed out to guy who where the same without causing an issue with those who where not i still look at guys with ear rings as being gay

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    JustAGirl2012 5 years ago

    When I see a man with an earring, I see someone who seems wounded or has to prove himself. I see a conformist. I see someone who is insecure and has to follow the pack. I don't see a leader. The funny thing is that many people try to get tattooed and pierced to be 'different' but in reality they are just following the crowd that gets tattooed and pierced. The human body is perfect and beautiful the way it is.

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    Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

    Very interesting. 8 is an interesting Health reason.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Lycra41 5 years ago from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

    Dear rodrigo amayao

    Im sorry you cannot see or understand why guys want earrings or tatts, neither is it dirty, may be sore and bloody i.e. dirty but not DIRTY.Men are allowed to xpress themselves as much as other men, women and whoever else.

    I enjoy wearing my earings, im not femm just gay and wearing earings wont change my manhood.

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    Lycra41 5 years ago from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

    Brad Storm

    Thanks for input...have you got earrings.

    Cheers Dude

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    rodrigo amayao 5 years ago

    you don't need an earring and tattoo man wear a earring is dirty.

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    roveo 6 years ago

    i have 2 holes in each ear so i can put mathcing colors of my outfit in its kind of tradition were i come from to get both ears pierced but i did both double to stand out a bit in the family.

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    Lycra41 6 years ago from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

    I have both ears pierced, its wicked and when you have that done you notice how many guys have both ears done

    I like rings, the bigger the better- im passed the stud stage

    I also DIG guys with earings, yes Im gay not because my ears are pierced and they were not pierced because Im gay -------i just like piercings and guys.

    I'm happy to chat with other guys with both ears pierced (one earing is useless)

    keep piercing dudes ;)

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    james 6 years ago

    Its GREAT - men with nipple rings is such a turn on.

    I will have mine re pierced in the month and will never take the out again.

    On ladies No! on GUYS YES!!!! but then Im gay, not femm, queen or a flapper - just a guy that like men with piercings.

    Have ears pierced so why not my nipps, you tell me.

    Im looking for a guy who has his nipps pierced who wants to chat.....and ears

    LOL LOL both are not compulsory (grin)

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    James 6 years ago

    I have both ears pierced, i dig wearing eraings - yes im gay but that does not change the fact - im different in every aspect - earings on men / in mens ears is HOT!!

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    Brad storm 6 years ago

    F**k Society!!! Its your Body! If you like it that's all that matters! Don't listen to anyone that doesn't approve!

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    Jeff 6 years ago

    I have both of my ears pierced, it doesn't have anything to do with being feminine, I just like them. So does my wife. I guess it all depends on what you want.

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    the emo guy 6 years ago

    i am 17 i am a emo. not all of us have 1 most of us emos have gages. but some have a earing i have gages but i use to have a stud in my left now i have gages in both ear... if u r wonderin i am 1 of the very rare straight emos

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    100% 6 years ago

    i am 13 i have my left ear peirced for rebelous reasons. and i thnk i look good wth it

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    rich 6 years ago

    ian just go and get it done.

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    Neos109 6 years ago

    I'm a 15 year-old male, and I recently got a regular helix (top of ear cartilage) in my right ear for one reason only, I wanted to. It's just one of the forms of expression that exist today, along with clothing, and other body modifications (eg. the tattoo I'm planning on getting soon).

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    Andrew Y. 6 years ago

    I'm an 18 year old male and I have my left ear pierced. I usually wear a stud earring, but on my creative days I like to wear a little hoop earring. I got mine pierced at the age of 13. I got it because I thought it looked good on me and my friends were getting it as well.

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    Bobbie 6 years ago

    I think a guy that has a feminine appearance is sexy. That's why I like to wear earrings, etc.!

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    telkin 6 years ago

    I wanted to have one because of one and five. I think it will boost my self confidence.... I like how it looks. Im 15 and straight. But my mom doesn't want me to.I sometimes get stressed at the fact i don't have one.

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    Shzinyo 6 years ago

    I don't F***** care if the other are agree with my earring, or like it or don't.

    It's MY BODY and MY EAR, and the ,ost important is how i feel, not the opinion of others!specially, the opnion's of the guys.

    I have a PHD in fine art's with 18 years old experiencie and no one in my carrer (since i have the earring) has told me something bad about.

    So, piercings are in battle with professionalism, quality or presentation? I don't think so...

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    Ian 6 years ago

    A very interesting read. I tried wearing one earring (stud) in my left ear about 10 years ago. Due to infection I had to remove it. Since that time I have often thought about trying again. Why? I don't really know. It's just that I think it would look 'stylish'. I am 50 years of age. I am not insecure or trying to show off. My young adult children think it would look stupied and are actively trying to discourage me. In essence, I think that is my real dilemma: I would like to try wearing an earring again, but I am concerned what others would truly think of me. In many ways, the earring is just like another piece of jewellery. I wear a nice watch, not just to tell the time, but also to 'look good' on my wrist. I wear a three-piece gold ring which my wife bought for me as a 20th wedding anniversary present. Many people have commented how much they like it. I don't need to wear the ring, I do so because I like to wear it. So in many ways, the earring would be in the same category. However, I am conscious of the opinion of other people in regard to the earring. Thanks to those who have contributed to this discussion.

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    Levertis Steele 6 years ago from Southern Clime

    Society has always tried to be careful about what apparrels define males and females. The more rules it lays down, the more people, young ones especially, will rebel. People fight to be themselves, to be free to make their own choices.

    If we compare the clothing and apparrels of different cultures, we will probably find in each something that the sexes in others would not wear because they look like they belong to the opposite sex. Consider the kilts (skirts) worn by some men of Holland. Consider the loin cloths worn by some men in very warm jungle climates. Consider the habits worn by Geisha girls. Consider the wigs worn by the men at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Consider the topless women of some African cultures. All of a sudden, the earings seem very small.

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    Terrell Kent Holmes 6 years ago

    I'm a 50 year-old straight man who has had both ears pierced for many years. I enjoy wearing earrings not to stand out, or to rebel, but simply because I like the way they look on me. Period.

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    Bobby 6 years ago

    I am a 29 year old male who wears two earrings in each ear. I am a Petroleum Engineer, quite successful, educated, social, normal and definitely not insecure. I'm 6'3" 220lbs and stand out regardless of whether or not I wear earrings. A lot of these comments seem to be from close minded, judgmental and self righteous people. I have worn my earrings to interviews, meetings, etc. etc. I basically always wear them, and I have never had any negative feedback, and I think out of every position I've applied for I've only been turned down once. To the person high above who said they don't hire people with ponytails or earrings, you are a representation of everything that is wrong in the world. You are a person that judges people based on what is on the outside verses what is on the inside, shame on you. I look forward to the day when the close minded 'holier than thou' group of people in our workforce move into retirement, so that the young, bright and introspective leaders can run this world. Every time we take a few steps forward in acceptance, there is someone from past generations that tries to pull us back. To those of you so quick to judge a man with earrings based on biblical principles, does the Bible not tell you not to judge lest you be judged? It's funny how the 'righteous' seem to skip over certain scriptures. To those of you who say certain men wear earrings for attention...well I'm sure if I put on a Burberry polo shirt, or a nice pair of cufflinks, or alligator shoes, or a $500 silk necktie, I will draw a lot more attention that a man with some studs in his ears. People are people, there are a lot of men in prison that committed heinous crimes sporting conventional hair cuts and no earrings, just as there are professionals and business men who are very successful with long hair and earrings. Learn to judge people based on the content of their character and not their outward appearance.

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    tringdobat 6 years ago

    I'm a guy with my left ear pierced twice and my right ear pierced three times. I also have my navel pierced. Some of us do this to feel closer to the gender that they were supposed to be, not the one they were stuck with at birth.

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    Mike 6 years ago

    The concept of Earrings on men is no different than ball caps or pants on ladies. Females have trended to "strictly male apparel" (by 19th and early 20th century standards) so men, by all rights, should be free to do the opposite as well. In my case, I am totally straight, I have one in the right lobe (obtained AFTER the "gay" connection to them), and a significant number in the left, (some of them) for over 25 years now. They are all hoops and of a relative large size that is quite noticeable. I got them one or two at a time over a period of years, upon the encouragement of various females I've known. I find them amusing, in that they encourage some people to ask questions and remark how great they look (never a negative comment). I find them as a statement of wealth as they ARE all solid 12-14ga gold. And, I also find them sexually stimulating when partners fondle them. I would not give them up without a fight. Fortunately, I am financially independent and self employed, so there is no one to tell me to remove them. To be REAL man is to stand up and do WHATEVER he feels is right for himself, not cower to the will and desires of ANYONE else.

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    chuck 6 years ago

    I am thinking about getting an ear ring just cannot decide to or not to where is the best place to get a ear pierced?

    same as highlights in mens hair y not jut an expression

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    Zorba 6 years ago


    Same ol' crap on the subject. When will humankind grow up? "The President" and those troglodytes that think like him will always be holding natural evolution back...

    "Starlight" said it better than I could...

    One of the greatest evils of this world are those who would deny the free will of others. Trying to control other people's actions needlessly is both cruel and unethical. Keep your so-called "morality" to yourself.

    As for me, I'm a male who wears earrings in both ears - I like symmetry. I have over 100 pairs of earrings - far more than my wife of 28 years! A few studs, most of them are dangles - some are pretty outrageous! Why not? Being over 50 years old, I'll be damned if I'll let others make my decisions for me...

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    Bill Kay 6 years ago

    I ask an old man the other day why some men wear earings, he said something was wrong with their head , and I agree .

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    Rich 6 years ago

    Girls love studs on men, its as simple as that.

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    LM 6 years ago

    I have both of my ears pierced because I'm gay and it makes me more approachable for other gay men.

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    NortenoXIV 6 years ago

    Cuz im a gangsta homie and earrings keep some bling shiny shiny

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    Luke 6 years ago

    I came across this by accident, and just wanted to share my experience... I have two ear piercings, both on my left ear, one is a helix and the other anti-tragus... I'm 20 now, and I had these for about 4 years. In all those years I heard only one negative comment, saying that it makes me look "not serious enough" and it was from a guy. Once a girl in a bar asked me if she could lick my ear piercing... Plus, I live in a very judgmental country. I don't even know how this tread survives, because the topic itself is ridiculousness. Why did I get them pierced? Because I FELT LIKE IT.

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    gladwin 6 years ago

    Men...wearing ear studs..are they SAID to be a gay..?

    plz comment...

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    HandsomeBlackLaddieBrett1953 6 years ago

    Well,this boyishly handsome,58-year-old black Canadian lad's only

    boy bling is my Western belt buckle adorned with an ersatz bull's head,so I DO NOT WEAR STUDS.(A lot of buxom blondes between 24 and 42,however,regard me their favourite stud!!!!)

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    starlight 6 years ago

    Women take note... all the ignorant biased judgmental slander on this post towards men wearing earrings, deep in their hearts many feel the same about women. I've known and met men like this! But they will hide their opinions in front of women in order to obtain certain favors ! God made both sexes with 2 feet, 2 arms 2 ears. If one sex wears 2 shoes, should the other only wear one on the left foot ? This same stupidity goes for earrings, shoes, shorts, dresses etc. If someone enjoys wearing a shoe on each foot and a shoe on each hand, it is nothing to anyone else. They are not being forced to do it. People enforcing clothing rules on others when they would hate someone enforcing their ideas on them is sheer sexual bigotry. Big beer gutted men that are too fat to hold their pants up is threatening a skinny guy for his pants being to short. Does this strike you of not being exactly intelligent ? lol

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    RideBlackCowboyStudBrett1953 6 years ago

    My only boy bling is my bull's-head belt buckle!!!!

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    Dumb 6 years ago

    I hate all of you. This is the dumbest post (with the poorest writing skills) that I have ever seen!

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    Rich 6 years ago

    Im 35 i had my ear done 3 months ago ive had it done a few times in the last 10 years, i wanted it done for years and i finally gave in and got a diamond stud. I cant explain how much i like wearing it it just feels awesome.When girls tell me they like it and say its cute i love it. One of the reasons i got it is cos i think it makes me look hard.When i was at school the hardest kids all had a stud in their left ear and i used to get really jelous of them.

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    Cd 6 years ago

    Wow, how can so much conversation go on for years about earrings on men? It is interesting that the opinions seem to change over the years. At the top, comments are more relaxed and near the end comments are almost hostile. I am planning to get my ears pierced next weekend so I can wear earrings while cross dressing. Some of those hate mongers will probably comment on crossdressers next but I want to say it first. Most (85%) crossdressers are not into men!

    I love my lady and I like to look sexy in my dresses. That's my reason and I didn't see it listed here yet, so I added it.

    Have a great day :)

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    arunda 6 years ago from srilanka

    Dear Anamika S

    I am interesting about your article. Last month I send comment about me. Still you didn’t post that. Again I post to you about my self experience wearing earrings. I am a now married male person. From my small age I like to wear earrings .so school time I pierced the ears my self. From that day when I sleeping nighttime I am wearing earrings up to now. This will like an evil thing. Its forcing to my self you should wear earrings all the time. My waif understands about that she helps to me that. Now I have two kids also but I couldn’t stop that. Now it’s like a mania. Its now effect to my self development also. So what is your idea about that. So if you don’t like to openly send me reply you can send to my e mail Thanks.

    Best regards.


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    Camlo De Ville 6 years ago from Cologne, Germany

    @Anonymous: "Men who wish that they were women wear earrings."

    How retarded is that? And women who wear trousers wish they were men?

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    ashish 6 years ago

    it is perfectly correct to wear earrings small studs can be turn on

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    Anonymous 6 years ago

    Men who wish that they were women wear earrings.

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    cg 6 years ago

    The comment the president left is stupid don't hate cause you can't afford earrings you sound like your the insecure fag here castrate your damn self pu..y.

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    Camlo De Ville 6 years ago from Cologne, Germany

    Just read through the comments here -- what strange ideas people have.

    When men first started wearing earrings in each ear, I tried it out, liked it and have worn them ever since. The same with my hairstyle and three day beard -- I tried it out, liked it and kept it.

    Sometimes I wear a nose stud, too. I like anything that enhances my looks, and I've got the freedom to wear whatever I like. I guess that's lacking in some of the people who have commented here.

    Interesting Hub!

    All the best, Camlo

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    Santiago 6 years ago

    I have both ears pierced. I wear them because I feel like it. Same thing with my shoes and shirts and pants. you can say what u want but other than me acknowledging that you don't like earrings, nothing is going to change my mind about what I like.

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    Didar 6 years ago

    It all comes down to swagger, some times it looks good on some people and on others it doesn't. If it looks good on you than do it. It's a materialistic world take advantage of it.

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    My own person 6 years ago

    I got both of my ears pierced 3 weeks ago just because I wanted to and I can't wait to put in my diamond studs that I bought in a couple weeks. I don't know what they'll look like on me yet but both my girlfriend and I like how my current ones look on me and she thinks it's sexy. I've gotten negative reactions to them like some of the people above said but I'm my own person and I'll do what I want? Who's to say wearing one or two earrings means you are gay? No part of me is homosexual and the people criticizing me know this too do why judge me? Men have worn earrings centuries before you critics who think you know all about life. Being yourself means doing what you like because you like it, not or other people. I don't wear them to try and get people to stare at me or give me comments on them. I like how I look with them on when I look at myself in the mirror and I feel confident enough to brush of the negative comments I may get. Some of you are so narrow minded you don't even look at yourself or understand how something like this could be considered biased. Do what u want to yourself and don't judge others for being themselves.

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    Truth 6 years ago

    First off who are you lames sitting behind computer screens to judge what a person wants to wear? Most of these people on here against earrings are not accepted in society. Nobody values what you say so shut up. Anybody can wear whatever the hell they want to, as long as its important to you.

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    Raaj 6 years ago

    @No....awesome comment. I agree with you....It depends on the person and who the F&*%^ are we to judge them...Its perfectly fine to wear stud..............

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    No 6 years ago

    Stop wasting my oxygen you judgmental accidents. Earrings are perfectly fine to wear if someone wants to. If you closed-minded morons can't deal with changes to your lame traditions, go auto-erotically asphyxiate yourselves.

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    willi have 2 in one ear and 6 years ago

    I have 2 in my left ear and 1 in my right, am about to go 3 in the left and 2 in the right to try and be a rent setter. After getting, y second hole in my left ear I noticed more and more people doin it, I'm just trying to be leader not a follower, just try a do my own thing

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    asdf 6 years ago

    it's really gay - men should not adorn themselves

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    Michael Kelsey 6 years ago

    I have stretched ears for 4 reasons. I think they look good, I found many girls do too, to improve my spirituality (buddhist), and finally to rebel. Rebellion is a big thing to me and so is my religion, I believe it was worth the pain of piercing and stretching.

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    Oskar 6 years ago

    I just pierced my own ear. Im not gay either my parents think i am because i wear the earing but as a matter of fact i put it on my left i had 2 earings before one on the right and left but my parents wouldn't stop bothering me so i took them off. Now i got one on my left i did it myself too it looks good im not gonna keep it forever so i will probably take them off soon. But if its in style now so i might as well go buy myself some cheap diamond studs $50 it doesn't look bad.

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    doublejs 6 years ago

    I'm an 18 year old male and I got my left ear pierced about a year ago for the ren fest. I loved it. I got compliments on it. But I myself wanted to stand out more. And right around the time I started dating my current girlfriend I began to gauge my ear. I am now at a half inch. I still get compliments. She thinks its sexy. There is nothing wrong with peircings or gauges. They have both been around for thousands of years.honestly now For me it acts as more of a symbol the anything. I as a person changed a lot since I've gotten it. I've made changes for the better. And it reminds me of these changes but also reminds me of my girlfriend and the love I have for her. It acst as a symbol of my happiness,perseverance,strength and love. Before you go and judge anyone about something like this look at it this way. Say your favorite thing to wear was a purple shirt and a black baseball cap. Then all the sudden there are 10.000 crimes with people who wear a purple shirt and a black baseball cap. Does that make you a bad person?. NO. Its all about the stereotypes. so think twice before you judge. No man /woman is better then the next. And no Human is perfect.

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    Joel Zavala 6 years ago


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    RLH 6 years ago


    I am 57 and just got both of my ears pierced, I LIKE IT.

    I don't see anything wrong with earrings on Men. When I can take the starter studs out, I am going to get some dangling Harley earrings. I am very open minded, Life is to short to live it with HATRED in your heart.

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    ste 6 years ago

    I had my left ear pierced years ago. At the time I did get a lot of criticism, but i'm still glad i did it. I think it looks good.I don't wear it all the time now just when it takes my fancy.

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    that guy :) smiles alot 6 years ago

    I got my left ear done and im a male. I did not do it to fit in to stick out or religion. Im left handed and use the left side of my brain more then my right. so i did the left ear. No one goes by that homosexual rule anymore I don't think. I didn't even check when i got my done because i don't care.

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    thakur 6 years ago

    I'm an indian and for our community it is considered manly to pierce one's ear i'm a rajpoot and for us it is considered to be incomplete to not have both our ears pierced it goes the same way for brahmins represents spirituality knowledge and power

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    Marie 6 years ago

    When I guy wears ear rings it just looks like their trying too hard. It is also more of a teenage trend. Men are much more sexy natural!

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    Rewarding! 6 years ago

    I think everyone that has posted negative comments towards guys with pierced ears should take a cold hard look at themselves in the mirrior! And i'm sure you will find nothing but hate in yourself, the only reason you are so negative towards guys with pierced ears is because they themselves feel confident enough to be okay with themselves and express themselves that they are okay with who they are, and they can do this any way they feel, being a bold fashion statement, or even getting pierced ears. You people are just disgusted because you aren't okay with who you are, you are upset by your bottled up feelings, and only with to reflect it upon people who are okay with themselves enough to do something that isn't like the "old ways" where guys were looked at bad for having a pierced ear! You shouldn't me happy with yourself for bringing people down by telling them they shouldn't pierce there ears! Get over yourself it's a new generation! And we are in fact taking control, weather the old farts like it or not! I'm also proud to say i'm an 18 year old male who just got his ears pierced! And enjoy it! I feel comftorble, confident, and proud to be the person i am. And if you aren't don't comment on this topic we don't want your negative talk on here!

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    Jason 6 years ago

    I am a 55yo married guy who has a pierced ear. Wear a small stud and sometimes a small silver hoop or a bit larger gold hoop...when I wear them.

    In fact I have not actually put any of them in for about nine months or so. It is not that I no longer care for them, it just is not part of my morning routine lately.

    BTW: My wife bought all my earrings for me and loves the look, so maybe I better pull them out of the drawer and plug one of them into the ear.

    My wife is the one who pierced my ear for me using an ice cube and a sterile needle. Did not hurt a bit. Good thing she wasn't mad at me at the time or she might have used a rusty nail.

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    jayb23 6 years ago from India

    Nice hub Anamika..I somehow cannot imagine to get myself pierced. Seems you have done good research on men!!

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    Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    @Fletcher Thanks a lot! I made the changes.

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    Fletcher 6 years ago

    Constructive criticism for this article:

    1. Make sure that all of your sentences make sense when you read them (e.g. "guying wearing earrings sexy")

    2. Make sure that you don't simply reword the same point, adding a little more information and list it as another (e.g. 2 and 9).

    3. Make sure that you have your facts checked (e.g. The misconception from no. 7 is that wearing one earring on the RIGHT lobe in western society is a mark of homosexuality, not simply wearing one earring.

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    SWAG 6 years ago

    Wow.. People think that wearing studs is wrong still? You people must live in some kind of pathetic backwards society. So many people have studs these days that no one even pays attention to that fact. And a lot of the time, these people are confident and attractive enough to pull it off. Guaranteed all these people hating on and demonizing studs are ugly and pathetic.

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    dhunter 6 years ago

    its my lyf,its my body,they r my ears...i wil do wateva the hell i want with them!PERIOD

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    raph 6 years ago

    Can have studs in both lobes, with one or two BCRs above either lobe. Very comfortable - and totally confident wearing them in any combination. So much so, now feel most uncomfortable without them. Once pierced, there's no going back - a beautiful addiction and an essential statement. Couldn't live without them - now. If in any doubt, get pierced, and there'll be no regrets.

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    Frank 6 years ago

    I just think it's sexy, so I'm really thinking to pierce my ears.

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    Harry 6 years ago

    Hello. I'm from Greece and i'm thinking of piercing my left ear only. I am not so sure yet because i don't know if i can "support" it with my general style which is simple and casual. I believe that it depends on the person only if he would be nice with an earing. Others look well...others do not...

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    torty 6 years ago from Knoxville, TN.

    Hi Anamika S,

    I think that you left out one reason why us guys get our ears pierced and that reason is just because we wanted to. I have both my ears pierced and the only reason why I did it was just because I wanted to. The fact that I wanted to have both my ears pierced did not have any sort of underlying, profound meaning behind it nor was it a statement of my sexual preference or claiming of any sort of group. I tend to think of myself as a pretty simple sort of creature. I am straight forward, honest, and usually if it makes me happy and I can afford it, I will usually do it. I think your list of reasons why guys decide to get their ear(s) pierced is pretty good and does cover a lot of the reasons why we do it.

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    yawuon 7 years ago

    The kenyan case is a phd holder in law, former university law don, former chair of the laww society of kenya and currently country rep of the Ford Foundation. he has had two divorces down the line, and I guess he doesn't have a wife now. It is not clear just what spirituality he is talking about. Kenyans are worried that his stud is a velied expression of homosexuality. The churches have rejected his candidature.

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    Bob 7 years ago

    A Kenyan Chief justice candidate, Willy Mutunga has created a storm because of a small ring in one of his ears. He said during the interview that it is religious, and that he would rather miss the job rather than be separated from his object of spirituality. Well, he came out the winner in a hotly contested and an intensely examined/grilled interview. What is this religion?

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    matt 7 years ago

    i am studying to be an accountant and I currently have my ears pierced however I am thinking about taking them out because I fear if i don't then employers will look at me badly. Has anyone had any problem during interviews because of having your ears pierced?

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    Surya 7 years ago

    Lon...Really? How do you know that Jesus was totally secure? So you are comparing people living in this day & age with Jesus Christ. Well, we are made in his likeness, but as human beings we are unfortunately plagued with insecurity, which makes us normal. Pierced ears started somewhere centuries ago, probably with ancient kings or warriors. Even as described by a few posters that sailors believed wearing an earring would prevent them from drowning. As the years pass I believe that tradition, as most, are tampered with, changed and adjusted and now today it's usually a fashion statement, a tradition/religion of some sort.

    What kind of person says, 'when i see a person pierced I think they have other problems?'....i'm guessing a person with a great deal of issues themelves.

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    Baron 7 years ago

    I'm a 53 year old health care professional. Had one ear pierced in 1976. Took it out many times due to feeling the negative reactions similar to some of the negative posters. After suffering an almost "Sudden Death" due to heart attack, I decided life was too short to worry about negative people. I recently re-pierced both ears. I did not do it because I am insecure and need attention, I did it for the opposite reason. I am secure in myself and it is my life. Some complaints sound like the same turn-of-the-century arguments against women wearing pants.

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    Muhamed Smajlovic 7 years ago

    I wear earrings mostly because of reason 1 its nothing too deep I just like the way it looks :)

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    Sandeep 7 years ago

    I wore it (against my wishes) because astrology suggested me to do so. The initial plan was to pierce in my nose, but since it would look way non-social, the alternative was to get pierced in the ear.

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    ane 7 years ago

    i think when a boy wears earring, they look dirty . but for them, they think that they are handsome on their looks . but for us girls, do not !

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    JET GREEN 7 years ago

    I did pierce both ears, I feel normal, but its nice to see reaction when its +ive. Lol! Well some ppl will obviously get jealous. Fine I don't look at ma face, well with out makeup most of actress look bad, Well some ppl may also say no they look good and some will say bad. Well ma opinion is simple, do you live for other ppl, as long as it doesn't hurt others do it.

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    Oswald 7 years ago

    To Lon, Jack and TheFacts,

    How can you be ever so wrong. I'm a perfectly happy person of normal intelligence - I'm an architect - am very much appreciated by the people who surround me, and I am getting my ear pierced again (since my story is not unlike Gary's, except for the fact that I was 15 in 1978 and my parents gave me a hard time when they saw my sporting an earring, which definitely had to go immediately of course).

    With two new studs in my left ear I will remain the same person, but I like showing that I am in perfect harmony with the feminine aspects of my personality as well as my masculinity, my main characteristic.

    So think again gentlemen, before you put down such nonsense.

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    Mark  7 years ago

    I was thinking of getting mine pierced. I'm 41 wm. Married with kids but I think it just looks cool

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    HonorsKid 7 years ago

    I'm indian not Hindu and in my culture it's a sign meaning the devil won't get you. As well I'm 13 y/o straight and I agree with Hunter.

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    Hunter 7 years ago

    I'm a 25yo straight male and I've worn earrings, specifically diamond studs, almost every day since I was 16. I'm not trying to be a rebel or anything -- I just they just look good on me, simple as that.

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    maddy 7 years ago

    i think its just fashion...nothing else..

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    John 7 years ago

    I'm a 33 year old man and I have both of my ears pierced twice. I have very long hair and frequently wear large hoop and dangling earrings. There's nothing wrong with this at all.

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    George 7 years ago

    I've worn a hoop earring in each ear soon after I got married 15 years ago. I think they look good and my wife thinks they look sexy. There is no harm in wearing them and anyone who is derogatory about men who do should really look into their own soul. It is such narrow mindedness that is the reason people still can't get along with one another.

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    Ian 7 years ago

    Everyone who has posted negatively towards men who choose to wear ear rings need to do some serious soul searching. With a little humility, maturity and intelligence hopefully you will cultivate an opinion of understanding. Stray away from confirmation bias and know that if you never take the time to challenge your own preconceptions you may live the rest of your life in ignorance.

    Please try to make your impact on this world a positive one.

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    the Facts 7 years ago

    for men to wear earring it shows how he is empty from inside, and not a strong confident person, also he feels unloved or been ignored, and try to show off.

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    Jack 7 years ago

    For a man to wear an earring or earnings is definitely a sign to other men of a man who wishes to express himself as an individual or just wants some attention. However that indication of individualism is a negative sign, seemingly an expression of some kind of perversion. The person seems different, indeed, either he as a homosexual, pot smoker, criminal pimp, gypsy, child molester, pickpocket -- hide your wallet, they are not to be trusted. This is what other men think. They appear dirty and slimy to most men and one who you could catch a disease from, or one who could violate your family and friends. The normal male wants nothing to do with this type of guy. Ask the men on the street. I bet the first word that comes to mind would be, "freak".

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    Lon 7 years ago

    I think it is a sign of insecurity. If you are secure in who you are you don't usually do anything to draw attention to yourself. If you need attention it is a sign of weakness. Jesus, who was totally secure, could not be picked out in a crowd according to the word. When I see them I assume the person has other problems too and sure enough if you get to know them those problems come out pretty fast. I guess it could be the excessive soy consumption which is being researched now.