I recently met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in two years, and after catching up and freaking out the details we’d picked up about each other’s lives from Facebook stalking, she said she was excited to show me something. She pulled her hair up into a ponytail and revealed that her ears were significantly larger than I’d remembered them. She had giant gauges, probably big enough to shove a quarter through them, and she was beaming. “Do you like them?” she asked. I started at her ear lobes for a second, thought about it, and ended up saying, “I… don’t know!” We both cracked up when we heard my answer, and I haven’t been able to stop replaying that scene in my head and giggling. I genuinely have no idea whether or not I like stretched ears, you guys. I’m really torn!
On the one hand, I’m totally in favor of people doing whatever they want to their bodies, expressing themselves in whatever ways they want, and taking their physical appearance into their own hands. I tend to be drawn to people who have a unique sense of style, people who do what they want without worrying about how others are going to perceive it. In that regard, I think body modifications are awesome. (Especially on women! The world tries to assert plenty of control over your body already. Do what you want!)
On the other hand, are gauged ears my personal taste? No, not really. My response to them ranges from “I wouldn’t do that to my own ears” all the way over to “I feel woozy just looking at those.” My opinion obviously has nothing to do with whether or not other people should do something to their own appearance, but large plugs just aren’t for me.
So here’s what I want to know: How do you feel about stretched ears? Do you have them? Do you want them? Are they cool on other people but not your thing? Are they awful on other people but none of your business? Leave us a comment to let us know!
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