We accepted it as gospel and never questioned its validity. But as I grew up, it seemed like everyone I met, no matter their place of origin, knew and understood the earring code, as arbitrary as it seems. Historically speaking, the truth is more complex. In his book The Naked Man: A Study of the Male Body , Desmond Morris explains that earrings have indicated wisdom and compassion in the stretched earlobes of the Buddha, while pirates wore them in the belief it would protect them from drowning. In the Elizabethan era, earrings were quite fashionable for men, he writes. In the Western world, earrings, so long a purely female adornment, have recently been seen on increasing numbers of male ears.
At the age of 9, Michael McDonald wants to have his ear pierced. He says all the girls in his fourth-grade class at Public School in Brooklyn have pierced ears. More important, one boy wears a diamond stud, and Michael likes the way it looks. But he will probably have to wait. Pierced ears have become so common among men, women and even children that real decoration seems to call for at least two or three holes. In cities like Los Angeles and New York, even a pierced nose hardly draws notice. And perhaps inevitably, piercing is spreading to parts of the body that seldom show in public.
An earring is a piece of jewelry attached to the ear via a piercing in the earlobe or another external part of the ear except in the case of clip earrings, which clip onto the lobe. Earrings are worn by both sexes, although more common among women, and have been used by different civilizations in different times. Locations for piercings other than the earlobe include the rook , tragus , and across the helix see image at right. The simple term "ear piercing" usually refers to an earlobe piercing, whereas piercings in the upper part of the external ear are often referred to as " cartilage piercings". Cartilage piercings are more complex to perform than earlobe piercings and take longer to heal.
Top definition. Gay Ear unknown. The right ear or gay ear is the ear that most homosexuals tend to get pierced more often than the left ear, hence when somebody who is heterosexual is getting their right ear pierced he is getting the gay ear pierced. Straight men should avoid getting this ear pierced if they wish to carry onward their straightness. Male 1- "Yo man, i'm gonna get my right ear pierced today.