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Body Piercing usually refers to the piercing of a part of the human body for the purpose of wearing jewellery in the opening created. Piercing is decorative only to the extent that it allows the body to hold certain kinds of ornaments, which are inserted through the skin in a way that permits healing around the opening. Body piercing is a form of body modification.

Piercing The word "piercing" can refer to the act or practice of body piercing, or to a specific pierced opening in the body. Some people practice piercing for religious or other cultural reasons, while many individuals, particularly in the modern West, choose to be pierced for spiritual, ornamental, or sexual reasons. Often, it`s a statement of individuality and style but some portray it as a sign of rebellion too. Sometimes, it`s nothing more than a desire to adorn various body parts with jewellery.

Body piercing is hot and happening nowadays with more and more youth piercing the various parts of their body. The various body parts that are normally pierced are nose, ears, navel, eyebrow, lips, nipple, tongue and other genital parts. Many people, in the past and present, have also pierced other parts of the body. Ear, nose and lip ornaments, as well as pierced figurines, have been found in ancient burials of Mexico and in graves of central Asian and Mediterranean peoples. The act of piercing is often part of a ceremony marking a coming of age, a change in status or the accession to office. Ornaments may be restricted to certain people or worn only on certain occasions. Because ornaments can be made of precious and rare materials-ivory, gold, jade and precious stones such as diamonds and emeralds-they may signal privilege and wealth.


PiercingEar piercing has existed continuously since ancient times, including throughout the 20th century in the Western world. However, in many cultures within the United States, it became a relative rarity from the 1920s until the 1960s. At that time, it regained popularity among American women, and was eventually adopted by men in the hippie and gay communities, and later the punk subculture. Ear piercing, of either or both ears, has always been practiced by men in many non-Western cultures. By the 1980s, male ear piercing had become somewhat common in the United States, although men usually only pierced one of their ears. Today, single and multiple piercing of either or both ears is extremely common among Indian and Western women, and fairly common among men too.

Less conventional forms of body piercing have also existed continuously for as long as ear piercing, but generally not in Western cultures. For example, women in India routinely practice nostril piercing, and have done so for centuries.

Attitudes towards piercing vary. Some regard the practice of piercing or of being pierced as spiritual, sometimes embracing the term "modern primitive", while others deride this view as insulting, as cultural appropriation, or as trendy. Some see the practice as a form of artistic or self-expression. This can at times lead to prejudice or cognitive bias against those with piercings or visible signs of past piercings. Others choose to be pierced as a form of sexual expression, or to increase sexual sensitivity. For some people, piercing is part of an S-M lifestyle or relationship, or is incorporated into S-M play. SM stands for two words, sadism and masochism. A sadist enjoys inflicting pain and a masochist enjoys receiving pain.

Piercing Some people choose to be pierced for symbolic reasons. For example, some survivors of sexual abuse have said that they experience piercing as allowing them to retake control over their own bodies. Some people choose to be pierced to symbolize certain relationships. For gay men, piercing has historically been viewed as a form of public self-identification or "coming out". However, the current popularity of piercing among many different groups has diluted much of its specific cultural identification and symbolism.

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