Did That Hurt? [Piercing Edition]


Sallie Chaney, junior

Body piercings, or body modification, have been around for thousands of years; its popularity continues to grow.

Ancient mummified bodies had pierced ears. Ötzi the Iceman, found in the Italian Alps, and is the oldest mummified body ever discovered, had stretched ears. Stretched ears are created when the lobe is pierced and enlarged by placing metal or wood rings in to stretch it.

Nowadays, the topic of modification causes a mixed response.

Hunter Furr, junior, says, “I think a person should be able to get as many piercings as they want, but for me, two would be enough.”

Mrs. Ginny Farthing, science teacher, says that facial piercings catch her off guard. “My initial impression is usually negative until I check myself or root my thoughts since I was raised different. It is outside my norm,” she says.

Mr. Henry Walker, history teacher, doesn’t think piercings are necessary, but they don’t particularly bother him.

For many tribes and civilizations throughout time, piercings were a ritualistic symbol. The piercings were rites of passage. Nose piercings were first recorded in the Middle East about 4,000 years ago, and the Aztecs and Mayans performed tongue piercings for rituals.

In today’s society, the stereotype is that piercings are a symbol of rebellion; their use is frowned upon in the workplace.

Mrs. Brandy Durham, art teacher, said, “My feelings towards people with piercings in professional settings depends on where someone is working since in many work places they do not look professional.”

Mrs. Katie Church, math teacher, “Piercings can come off as intimidating, but in reality, that means nothing. It personally doesn’t bother me; however, I can see how it could make some people uncomfortable. Mostly just because people aren’t used to that [piercing] being common.”

In parts of the world, it’s traditional to get certain piercings. Here in America, it tends to be more aesthetic-based; many people who get piercings simply think they are attractive. Popular culture tends to influence many people to get piercings.

Piercings are popular in America; this causes others to want to be on trend. In CHS, there are only a handful of students who have multiple facial piercings. The majority of female students and teachers have pierced ears; many young men as well.

Sallie Chaney, junior, says that her piercings just make her happy, even if a lot of people look down on her for having them. “People stare and get this confused look. Sometimes children ask their parents, ‘Why does she have that in her face?’ I really don’t care what people think, though. I think piercings are beautiful.”