Over the years, the wearing of earrings had been given different meanings by different people and groups either social, religious or cultural.
When a female wears earrings, it is interpreted quite differently from when a male does. What impression does the wearing of an earring give? What does earring on either side of the ear mean?
There had been varying views over the years. Some people think that the “earring thing” is not worth taking seriously when it comes to gayness while some believe that it shows a sexual preference.
Though some people still think there are some more hidden codes than just the wearing of earrings.
Which Ear Is The Gay Ear? The popular opinion suggests that the gay’s ear is the right ear as a writer started in the T Magazine in 2009 that ” the rule of thumb has always been that the right ear is the gay one” and the popular saying, “Left is right and right is wrong” where the wrong is used as a soft expression for gay.
History Of Earrings And Piercings
Ear piercings are now considered fashionable. We had people with 2 or more holes even with a pierced nose before. But, it wasn’t that prominent a couple of years ago, as it was part of the ways people alter their bodies.
An article in the New York Times in May 1991 explains that ear piercing was found among pirates and immigrants like gypsies but around the 1960s, more women in America started ear piercing. This was a sign of an imminent cultural change.
Over the years, there was an increase in piercing among men. Some had theirs on one ear while others on both but it was considered as being stylish or fashionable than related to sexual preference.
Ear piercing is an age-long practice practiced in the early civilization between 2000-1600 BCE. Archeological findings from walls in ancient Persia gave proof of men wearing earrings from some carved representation of the Persian soldiers wearing earrings.
Howard Carter, describing the Tutankhamun’s tomb explained that there were piercings on the Pharaoh’s ears. Though they were without earnings, earrings were seen in the tomb. Gold discs were also seen on the perforated ears of the burial mask.
Biblical accounts also showed that earnings were worn by children in ancient Egypt but it was specifically a female ornament in some parts of the world.
Men and women wore earrings in Ainu, though their men were forbidden from wearing it by their government during the last part of the 19th century. The Turkic people and Indians also have a history of earrings wearing.
Between the 15th and the 17th century, some males in the Western part of Europe started wearing earrings considering it fashionable.
Sailors also wore earnings indicating that they have traveled around the world or to show that they had passed through the equator. Then in the concluding years of the 1960s, gay men and hippies imbibed the practice.
Piercing on the right ear indicated gayness while the left side signified “straight” but over time, earring piercing is almost not an indication of sexual preference but it gradually became a fashion trend with huge encouragement from celebrities and performers.
Multiple piercing on one or both ears is increasingly becoming normal among males especially the young adults and many consider it cool.