The Duchess of Cambridge would never pierce her…

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I’ve been reading about body piercings and some of the crazy places that people wear body jewelry. This all started with an email that arrived in my inbox a couple of days ago. It got me thinking about my sparse jewelry collection; and somehow that lead to me watching some extreme body piercing videos on youtube that I so wish I’d never seen. Disturbing. But at the end of the day to each his own right? What is disturbing to one person is beautiful to another.

Elaine Davidson, the "Most Pierced Woman" in the world as of 2009
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I have never had anything pierced other than my earlobes; and those were pierced for me when I was a little girl. I’ve never wanted a nose ring or a tongue ring or a lip ring. They just all seem uncomfortable to me; and I’ve never liked wearing earrings so getting more ear piercings was never something I ever considered. I guess I’m just not a jewelry person; but just because I’m not a jewelry person should that mean I don’t buy jewelry? That was the question on my mind that brought me to this point of thinking about how attitudes towards body jewelry vary depending on who you are and how high up or low down on the social ladder you stand. And how Kate Middleton would never have been considered suitable for Prince William if she’d been the type to say ever get a piercing down there and film it and post in on youtube.

What I’d like to know is…

Why did her friend accompany her if she was going to be uncomfortable sitting there while that was taking place? But the point here is that the girl in the chair would probably not have gone on to become the Duchess of Cambridge because it would have been assumed, whether true or not, that she was not a well enough bred lady to be the wife of the future king of England.

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We live in a very interesting society. One in which a nose ring, tongue ring, or lip ring, when worn outside of cultures where it is part of the social norm, can either be seen as evidence of a rebellious lifestyle or just cute body jewelry worn to enhance the wearer’s appearance. It all depends on the jewelry and who is wearing it. When worn outside of cultures where piercing parts of the body for the purpose of adorning with jewelry is the norm, certain types of body jewelry can cause people to make assumptions about the person wearing it. If Katherine Middleton had been “into” body piercing and was commonly seen wearing nose rings and tongue rings and lip rings, there is very little likelihood that she would be the Duchess of Cambridge today.

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Who knows what Kate Middleton’s real personality is like? Maybe she is the type who would pierce her nipple and wear nipple jewelry if doing that was as common as piercing the ear lobe and didn’t come with any kind of stigma. But when you wear certain types of body jewelry, you are assumed to be a certain type of person. Even doing something as simple as wearing multiple earrings in your ear used to be frowned upon. It is more accepted nowadays to get multiple ear piercings and wear more than one earring in your ear at a time; but there are still people who will judge someone who wears multiple earrings if the person has a certain look and if the earrings are a certain style. Kate Middleton would probably not ever be seen sporting this look below because it likely would be considered an unsuitable look for a duchess.

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But the same people who might consider it a bad move on Kate’s part to adorn her earlobe with many gunmetal hoop style earrings might be more accepting if she covered her earlobes with cute little pearl studs or cute little diamond studs or whatever else her choice of allover ear jewelry as long as she maintained her regal appearance.

So what’s it all about then?

woman with pierced nose and pierced lip wearing body jewelry

The reasons for piercing or not piercing are varied. Some people pierce for religious or spiritual reasons, while others pierce for self-expression, for aesthetic value, for sexual pleasure, to conform to their culture or to rebel against it. Some forms of piercing remain controversial, particularly when applied to youth. The display or placement of piercings have been restricted by schools, employers and religious groups. In spite of the controversy, some people have practiced extreme forms of body piercing, with Guinness bestowing World Records on individuals with hundreds and even thousands of permanent and temporary piercings. (source)

It means nothing really. Other than this. Consider your life’s goals before you make a decision to pierce something that’s not traditional. Eventually we’ll live in a world where you can become president or the wife of the president even if you wear a nipple ring; but for now that is likely to be something that will cost you your bid or cost your husband his bid. So do think about how certain piercings could affect your life. We all rational thinking people know that none of your piercings should ever affect your life in any detrimental way but we have to face the reality that society still has a long way to go before certain attitudes are completely eradicated. But at the end of the day, it’s your body and you can pierce whatever you want and cover yourself from head to toe in body jewelry. Personally I’ll stick with my two pierced ear lobes. But I did buy this cartilage earring today. Fresh trends Triple Steel Illusion Non Piercing Cartilage Earring or Lip RingI wanted to try the look even if I don’t actually go out wearing it. It’s weird how we like to knock things we’ve never tried. I actually like some of the cartilage earrings I’ve seen women wearing in pictures. Not enough to get piercings so I can try them; but the ones I’ve purchased require no piercing and only cost 5 buck so I figured why not? And for kicks I can try it on my lips since it doubles as a lip ring. I kind of already know I’m not going to like the sensation of some foreign object on my lip; but I might discover that non-pierced cartilage earrings work for me. Who knows? I’ll find out in 2- 7 business days.Update 10-13-2014→ /span> My clip-on cartilage earring has arrived. Read my review of the item.

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