Babies and Ear Piercings: What's your opinion?

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  1. Lighthouse Fairness, Equality, Bacon

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    I've been witness to a common occurrence at my job that I wanted some Hypesters opinions on. I worked at Wal-Mart for about 6 years, and I often see parents bring in their babies to get their ear's pierced. I'm not talking about 7 year olds, I'm talking 1 to 2 years old, sometimes even younger. It all goes about the same. Parent's hold the kid down while the person working in jewelry does the piercing, and the kid screams his head off, which can be heard throughout the entire store.

    I kind of have a problem with this. I don't understand why parents would have the need to get their toddler's ears pierced. I don't think its child abuse, but I think its kinda stupid. It strikes me as vain and egotistical. What's your opinion?
     
  2. jaguarr Be Your Own Hero

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    Would you prefer that they waited until the kid was 17 and THEN held them down and pierced their ears? :huh:

    jag
     
  3. Lighthouse Fairness, Equality, Bacon

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    Actually......yeah.:hoboj:
     
  4. WTFimVENOM Registered

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    It could be worse, they could be choping off the ends of babies' pe... oh wait, nevermind :csad:
     
  5. tzarinna Mamochka

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    They do look cute and then throw in a cute bangle bracelet, adorable.
     
  6. DarthRekal Dodger Blue

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    have you ever had your ears pierced???


    It doesnt REALLY hurt that much..


    the kid screams more so from shock and being RESTRICTED(not being able to move their head)

    i have no problem with it.... i wouldnt mind them NOT doing it.. but it's not a big deal
     
  7. StrainedEyes All the way up it!

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    That's a little weird. That's like giving a baby a tattoo.
     
  8. Logan's Runt Runtmuffin

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    Except piercings aren't permanent. :huh:

    The real crime is having a piercing done at Wal-Mart.
     
  9. DarthRekal Dodger Blue

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    :lmao:
     
  10. Obi-Ron Deal with it

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    How about waiting until they're old enough to ask for it?
     
  11. The Original Bamfer Big, Bald and Beautiful

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    I say do it when the kid wants it.
     
  12. jaguarr Be Your Own Hero

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    It's sort of a cultural thing, really. There are many people who have been piercing their baby daughter's ears for generations in America. It's a family tradition. There are also many tribal cultures outside of the states that do it (along with tattooing their babies and altering their physicality, like their feet, shape of their head, length of their necks, etc.) Overall, ear piercing is a fairly benign practice as it's not permanent and it really doesn't hurt very much (as someone alluded to, it's the being held down and crowded that's very upsetting to a child). I'm neither for nor against it, personally, but I understand it's a choice that parents have the right to make and I wouldn't push my beliefs on them over the practice. Thank god we're having a boy so I don't have to deal with that one, though we are going to have him circumsized. Or do you think we should wait until he's old enough to ask to have it done?

    jag
     
  13. PemLam Let the butthurt flow!

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    Nice little jab there at the end Jag.
     
  14. Asteroid-Man Registered

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    It could be a cultural thing.
     
  15. Krypton Girl Registered

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    I had to wait until I was 10 years old for mine, but I don't think I would have cared if my mother had done it earlier or when I was in infancy. Its reversible. :cwink:
     
  16. Jerry! Registered

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    Well then again, the argument goes back to getting a kid circumcised.
     
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    i think the real problem is working at wal mart for 6 years....
     
  18. thedeadite Registered

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    I'm totally against it, and honestly can't understand why you would do it to a baby. I had my ear pierced at 16 and no, it didn't hurt that much, but it still was painful, and sore for a day or two. I wouldn't necessarily say that it should be banned, I just don't like it. This is my opinion though, circumcision is a completely different matter.
     
  19. Mike_D202 Green Lantern's roommate

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    Theres a difference between being circumsized (medical procedure) and an ear piercing (body jewlery). I say wait until the kid is old enough to make his own decision on wether or not he wants extra holes in his body to put flashy jewlery in.
     
  20. Dew k. Mosi Hype Award Winner

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    My sister was 4 when she asked to get hers done. We told her it would hurt and she insisted. They did ONE ear, and she escaped from the chair and ran screaming through the mall like we were torturing her. I ran after her, caught her and she kept telling me, "One earring is cool, huh, I'm cool."

    My mom took the earring out since she wouldn't get the other one done and it wasn't for another ten years before she gave it a second chance. Now she has three in each ear... teenagers.
     
  21. TEDDY Da BEAR!

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    Baby ear ring piercings? Meh.


    Now baby tongue piercings? That's where I draw the line!


    TEDDY!


    :twisted:
     
  22. Prefix Registered

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    That's worse for the child than pain!
     
  23. JP Smelly

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    Both my older sister (21) and my baby sister (1 1/2) had their ears pierced when they were just a few months old... it's quick, easy, and they don't even notice. . .
     
  24. Obi-Ron Deal with it

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    If you're doing the circumcision for religious reasons and not just to trying to improve his appearance, snip away if that's your custom.
     
  25. JP Smelly

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    Actually, theire are groups that consider that genital mutilation. :dry:
     

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