Anamika S. Jain has been a social media consultant for six years. She has written more than 200 articles on relationships and dating.
Why Do Men Wear Earrings?
If asked why men wear earrings, the most common answers would be trend and tradition. Despite the fact that wearing earrings may work against men in many situations, like work or in an interview, it does not stop them from wearing it.
As far as I know
- Many celebrities wear earrings, and fans like to follow them. Tyson Beckford bought expensive diamond studs for his girlfriend, then ended up wearing it for himself instead of returning to the jeweler when he found that she had been unfaithful.
- Indian men have worn earrings through the ages. It may also be noted that Hindu gods are depicted with their danglers. It's part of Indian culture.
- There are several references in the Bible also concerning earrings. Many Kings in India are known to wear them.
- It is believed that men have worn earrings for as long as civilization has existed. Jade earrings of men dating back to 3000 BC have been found in Southeast Asia. In ancient times, men wore earrings in places like Assyria and Babylonia to denote their rank in society. Aztec warriors wore them as a mark of honor.
- Even the primitive man pierced himself to wear earrings. Then, they were not only mere adornments that spoke of power, but prized possessions as well.
- It is also believed that even slaves have worn earrings or bracelet as a symbol of slavery.
Why do guys wear earrings? Given below is a list of top 10 reasons why Men get their ears pierced.
Top 10 Reasons Why Men Wear Earrings
I was looking for the possible reasons males wear earrings and found many questions related to the topic. Here are some of them.
- Why do guys wear in both ears ?
- Should men wear ear accessories?
- On which side do straight guys wear earrings?
- Does the Bible teach that it is acceptable for men to wear it?
- What does the Bible say about Men wearing earrings?
- What does It mean when a Man wears in both Ears?
- Is the trend of men wearing earrings over?
- How old is too old for wear ear studs?
- What Men are really saying when they wear it?
- What does God say about such males?
- Is there anything wrong with a man wearing it?
Given below are ten reasons why Men may choose to wear earrings.
- They're trendy. Many men wear rings as a fashion trend. Many young men wear ear studs or hoops as a style statement because they want to or find it attractive or stylish or to enhance their looks.
- As a custom or tradition. Others wear it as a custom or tradition followed in their religion. The practice of piercing ears is one of the Hindu practices performed in the third or fifth year for some children. This ceremony is celebrated by inviting people and feasting.
- As a status symbol. Some wear diamond studs or golden earrings as a way to display their wealth, or even keep them as a safe investment they can bank on during hard times.
- To play a role. There are many actors who pierce their ears so that they can fit into the character they are playing.
- To attract females. Some guys pierce their ears because they think that girls find guys with earrings sexy.
- It was a gift. Many times, the man may have gotten his ear stud as a gift from a girlfriend, wife, or a friend. So he may have pierced his ear or ears so that he could wear it.
- Marking your sexuality or style. Wearing earrings in one ear (on the right lobe) is often considered as a mark of homosexuality. But this could also just be a misconception, as there are also criminals using earrings to misguide people. Some parents also think that wearing an earring means that person is becoming a hippie.
- Physical therapy. Many wear earrings because of the therapeutic significance. It is believed that the point of vision in acupuncture is situated in the center of the lobe. Hence, the practice of wearing earrings is thought to have some therapeutic value.
- For one's spirituality. It is believed that long ear lobes like Buddha are a sign of spiritual development and superior status. Young yogis even now follow the practice of stretching the piercing to stimulate the psychic nerves connected to the ears.
- To rebel. Finally, many men also do it rebel or stand out in the crowd. People like to do things that they are specifically instructed not to do. Many also tend to think that wearing it would separate themselves from the masses — to be an individualist. (Thanks John for this point!)
Having said the above, I strongly believe that every individual has the right to choose what he/she should wear or not wear.
Guys, do you wear earrings? What's your reason? Ladies, what do you think of men wearing earrings?
How to Care for Sensitive Pierced Ears?
Tyrone Kracht on April 22, 2019:
My ears are not pierced but I have friends and a male cousin who do. Not to be critical but those men over the age of fifty earrings look ridiculous on you. The reason is older men tend to choose the really small earrings and since your ears are becoming deformed with age already it looks like you stuck a small nail through your lobe.
J T Brock from Cambridge Ontario on June 03, 2015:
i got my left ear pierced back in 1986 when I was 21 and it was mostly due to rebellion. my father thought I was crazy and maybe I was but I wanted to show my independence from him. I wore a silver stud for a while then switched to a small gold hoop. i wore it for a few years and frankly got bored with it (my father passed away 3 months after getting the earring). over the years I felt like wearing it again and have done so. when I was 40 (10 years ago) I wanted to get my right ear pierced to match my left but my wife was against the idea,(I had gone as far as piercing it and wearing small fake diamond studs in both ears) so I took them out and haven't worn any since then. Now I just turned 50 last month and got the old urge to wear an earring again and put the stud back in my left ear about a week ago. my wife wasn't thrilled but has refrained from commenting.
I guess my reasons for wanting an earring are my desire to show confidence and show a little style. I don't think generally earrings are feminine but I do think there are feminine type earrings and masculine type earrings.
I am constantly amazed at the wide range of comments. some people sure have some strong opinions about guys wearing earrings. most guys who wear earrings don't really care about the negative comments, I find. Everyone should be free to choose what they want to wear. I happen to think guys wearing earrings are cool. but that's my opinion and everyone is entitled to their opinion. but it bothers me that the harsh vile comments are meant to hurt and attack others. if you don't like it when guys wear earrings that's fine, but that's your opinion and nasty hateful comments don't help anyone in the long run.
gray1954 on February 16, 2015:
I am now 60 and just got my ear pierced after thinking about it on and off for some time. My wife and son were a bit shocked at first but not made any adverse comments. Some people say it does not suit me but others think it looks 'cool'. I like it and that's what really matters at the end of the day.
GoldenClays on February 16, 2015:
I wear an earring because it's an expression of my own independent nature. I am 60 years old. Used to wear one when I was in a band, some years back. I recently decided to do it again. Why? Because I am at a point in my life, where I don't have to care about having to conform to any rigid social rules in groups I run around with. I want to be myself, and more importantly. Life is just too short to sweat the small stuff. My philosophy: If the shoe fits - WEAR IT. Besides, I think it looks pretty cool. Especially when I am on my bike.
tar707 on August 30, 2014:
To all those men who get piercings simply to "rebel against society", and "be different", how petty is that. Unfortunately many men have piercings too, so you are merely conforming to a common lifestyle choice. You want to stand out in the crowd? Ride around in a bloody penny-farthing singing the theme-tune to StarWars dressed like a Tibetan monk; I'm sure you would be the centre of everyone's attention.
GerardS on March 27, 2014:
Hi Anamika, this is an interesting article, I wanted to have my ears piereced ever since I was at primary school but did not get them pierced until well into adulthood! I usually wear a hoop and stud I my left ear and a stud in my right ear. It is nothing to do with gender or sexuality. I have a professional job and have never had any negative comments. There is a lot of prejudice against men wearing earrings but I don't bother to take any notice. In fact I feel uncomfortable without them.
zaqlow on September 14, 2012:
I had my ear pierced when I was 16 and 2 more when 19 I am now 50 and have had them in and out over the years as the mood takes me. but recently I have started wearing one in my left ear (a silver stud) always
I used to be a punk in the late 70s and now Im an original punk
JustAGirl2012 on July 24, 2012:
When I see a man with an earring, I see someone who seems wounded or has to prove himself. I see a conformist. I see someone who is insecure and has to follow the pack. I don't see a leader. The funny thing is that many people try to get tattooed and pierced to be 'different' but in reality they are just following the crowd that gets tattooed and pierced. The human body is perfect and beautiful the way it is.
Elena from London, UK on July 13, 2012:
Very interesting. 8 is an interesting Health reason.
Thanks for sharing.
Lycra41 from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on July 02, 2012:
Thanks for input...have you got earrings.
roveo on May 14, 2012:
i have 2 holes in each ear so i can put mathcing colors of my outfit in its kind of tradition were i come from to get both ears pierced but i did both double to stand out a bit in the family.
Lycra41 from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on May 02, 2012:
I have both ears pierced, its wicked and when you have that done you notice how many guys have both ears done
I like rings, the bigger the better- im passed the stud stage
I also DIG guys with earings, yes Im gay not because my ears are pierced and they were not pierced because Im gay -------i just like piercings and guys.
I'm happy to chat with other guys with both ears pierced (one earing is useless)
keep piercing dudes ;)
James on May 02, 2012:
I have both ears pierced, i dig wearing eraings - yes im gay but that does not change the fact - im different in every aspect - earings on men / in mens ears is HOT!!
Jeff on March 24, 2012:
I have both of my ears pierced, it doesn't have anything to do with being feminine, I just like them. So does my wife. I guess it all depends on what you want.
Andrew Y. on February 26, 2012:
I'm an 18 year old male and I have my left ear pierced. I usually wear a stud earring, but on my creative days I like to wear a little hoop earring. I got mine pierced at the age of 13. I got it because I thought it looked good on me and my friends were getting it as well.
Bobbie on February 24, 2012:
I think a guy that has a feminine appearance is sexy. That's why I like to wear earrings, etc.!
Ian on January 30, 2012:
A very interesting read. I tried wearing one earring (stud) in my left ear about 10 years ago. Due to infection I had to remove it. Since that time I have often thought about trying again. Why? I don't really know. It's just that I think it would look 'stylish'. I am 50 years of age. I am not insecure or trying to show off. My young adult children think it would look stupied and are actively trying to discourage me. In essence, I think that is my real dilemma: I would like to try wearing an earring again, but I am concerned what others would truly think of me. In many ways, the earring is just like another piece of jewellery. I wear a nice watch, not just to tell the time, but also to 'look good' on my wrist. I wear a three-piece gold ring which my wife bought for me as a 20th wedding anniversary present. Many people have commented how much they like it. I don't need to wear the ring, I do so because I like to wear it. So in many ways, the earring would be in the same category. However, I am conscious of the opinion of other people in regard to the earring. Thanks to those who have contributed to this discussion.
Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on January 27, 2012:
Society has always tried to be careful about what apparrels define males and females. The more rules it lays down, the more people, young ones especially, will rebel. People fight to be themselves, to be free to make their own choices.
If we compare the clothing and apparrels of different cultures, we will probably find in each something that the sexes in others would not wear because they look like they belong to the opposite sex. Consider the kilts (skirts) worn by some men of Holland. Consider the loin cloths worn by some men in very warm jungle climates. Consider the habits worn by Geisha girls. Consider the wigs worn by the men at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Consider the topless women of some African cultures. All of a sudden, the earings seem very small.
Terrell Kent Holmes on January 18, 2012:
I'm a 50 year-old straight man who has had both ears pierced for many years. I enjoy wearing earrings not to stand out, or to rebel, but simply because I like the way they look on me. Period.
Bobby on January 17, 2012:
I am a 29 year old male who wears two earrings in each ear. I am a Petroleum Engineer, quite successful, educated, social, normal and definitely not insecure. I'm 6'3" 220lbs and stand out regardless of whether or not I wear earrings. A lot of these comments seem to be from close minded, judgmental and self righteous people. I have worn my earrings to interviews, meetings, etc. etc. I basically always wear them, and I have never had any negative feedback, and I think out of every position I've applied for I've only been turned down once. To the person high above who said they don't hire people with ponytails or earrings, you are a representation of everything that is wrong in the world. You are a person that judges people based on what is on the outside verses what is on the inside, shame on you. I look forward to the day when the close minded 'holier than thou' group of people in our workforce move into retirement, so that the young, bright and introspective leaders can run this world. Every time we take a few steps forward in acceptance, there is someone from past generations that tries to pull us back. To those of you so quick to judge a man with earrings based on biblical principles, does the Bible not tell you not to judge lest you be judged? It's funny how the 'righteous' seem to skip over certain scriptures. To those of you who say certain men wear earrings for attention...well I'm sure if I put on a Burberry polo shirt, or a nice pair of cufflinks, or alligator shoes, or a $500 silk necktie, I will draw a lot more attention that a man with some studs in his ears. People are people, there are a lot of men in prison that committed heinous crimes sporting conventional hair cuts and no earrings, just as there are professionals and business men who are very successful with long hair and earrings. Learn to judge people based on the content of their character and not their outward appearance.
tringdobat on January 10, 2012:
I'm a guy with my left ear pierced twice and my right ear pierced three times. I also have my navel pierced. Some of us do this to feel closer to the gender that they were supposed to be, not the one they were stuck with at birth.
chuck on January 03, 2012:
I am thinking about getting an ear ring just cannot decide to or not to where is the best place to get a ear pierced?
same as highlights in mens hair y not jut an expression
Zorba on January 01, 2012:
Same ol' crap on the subject. When will humankind grow up? "The President" and those troglodytes that think like him will always be holding natural evolution back...
"Starlight" said it better than I could...
One of the greatest evils of this world are those who would deny the free will of others. Trying to control other people's actions needlessly is both cruel and unethical. Keep your so-called "morality" to yourself.
As for me, I'm a male who wears earrings in both ears - I like symmetry. I have over 100 pairs of earrings - far more than my wife of 28 years! A few studs, most of them are dangles - some are pretty outrageous! Why not? Being over 50 years old, I'll be damned if I'll let others make my decisions for me...
Bill Kay on December 31, 2011:
I ask an old man the other day why some men wear earings, he said something was wrong with their head , and I agree .
Rich on December 31, 2011:
Girls love studs on men, its as simple as that.
LM on December 24, 2011:
I have both of my ears pierced because I'm gay and it makes me more approachable for other gay men.
HandsomeBlackLaddieBrett1953 on December 09, 2011:
Well,this boyishly handsome,58-year-old black Canadian lad's only
boy bling is my Western belt buckle adorned with an ersatz bull's head,so I DO NOT WEAR STUDS.(A lot of buxom blondes between 24 and 42,however,regard me their favourite stud!!!!)
Rich on November 26, 2011:
Im 35 i had my ear done 3 months ago ive had it done a few times in the last 10 years, i wanted it done for years and i finally gave in and got a diamond stud. I cant explain how much i like wearing it it just feels awesome.When girls tell me they like it and say its cute i love it. One of the reasons i got it is cos i think it makes me look hard.When i was at school the hardest kids all had a stud in their left ear and i used to get really jelous of them.
Camlo De Ville from Cologne, Germany on November 08, 2011:
Just read through the comments here -- what strange ideas people have.
When men first started wearing earrings in each ear, I tried it out, liked it and have worn them ever since. The same with my hairstyle and three day beard -- I tried it out, liked it and kept it.
Sometimes I wear a nose stud, too. I like anything that enhances my looks, and I've got the freedom to wear whatever I like. I guess that's lacking in some of the people who have commented here.
All the best, Camlo
Santiago on November 03, 2011:
I have both ears pierced. I wear them because I feel like it. Same thing with my shoes and shirts and pants. you can say what u want but other than me acknowledging that you don't like earrings, nothing is going to change my mind about what I like.
Didar on November 02, 2011:
It all comes down to swagger, some times it looks good on some people and on others it doesn't. If it looks good on you than do it. It's a materialistic world take advantage of it.
My own person on November 01, 2011:
I got both of my ears pierced 3 weeks ago just because I wanted to and I can't wait to put in my diamond studs that I bought in a couple weeks. I don't know what they'll look like on me yet but both my girlfriend and I like how my current ones look on me and she thinks it's sexy. I've gotten negative reactions to them like some of the people above said but I'm my own person and I'll do what I want? Who's to say wearing one or two earrings means you are gay? No part of me is homosexual and the people criticizing me know this too do why judge me? Men have worn earrings centuries before you critics who think you know all about life. Being yourself means doing what you like because you like it, not or other people. I don't wear them to try and get people to stare at me or give me comments on them. I like how I look with them on when I look at myself in the mirror and I feel confident enough to brush of the negative comments I may get. Some of you are so narrow minded you don't even look at yourself or understand how something like this could be considered biased. Do what u want to yourself and don't judge others for being themselves.
willi have 2 in one ear and on October 12, 2011:
I have 2 in my left ear and 1 in my right, am about to go 3 in the left and 2 in the right to try and be a rent setter. After getting, y second hole in my left ear I noticed more and more people doin it, I'm just trying to be leader not a follower, just try a do my own thing
Michael Kelsey on October 04, 2011:
I have stretched ears for 4 reasons. I think they look good, I found many girls do too, to improve my spirituality (buddhist), and finally to rebel. Rebellion is a big thing to me and so is my religion, I believe it was worth the pain of piercing and stretching.
doublejs on October 01, 2011:
I'm an 18 year old male and I got my left ear pierced about a year ago for the ren fest. I loved it. I got compliments on it. But I myself wanted to stand out more. And right around the time I started dating my current girlfriend I began to gauge my ear. I am now at a half inch. I still get compliments. She thinks its sexy. There is nothing wrong with peircings or gauges. They have both been around for thousands of years.honestly now For me it acts as more of a symbol the anything. I as a person changed a lot since I've gotten it. I've made changes for the better. And it reminds me of these changes but also reminds me of my girlfriend and the love I have for her. It acst as a symbol of my happiness,perseverance,strength and love. Before you go and judge anyone about something like this look at it this way. Say your favorite thing to wear was a purple shirt and a black baseball cap. Then all the sudden there are 10.000 crimes with people who wear a purple shirt and a black baseball cap. Does that make you a bad person?. NO. Its all about the stereotypes. so think twice before you judge. No man /woman is better then the next. And no Human is perfect.
RLH on September 28, 2011:
I am 57 and just got both of my ears pierced, I LIKE IT.
I don't see anything wrong with earrings on Men. When I can take the starter studs out, I am going to get some dangling Harley earrings. I am very open minded, Life is to short to live it with HATRED in your heart.
ste on September 26, 2011:
I had my left ear pierced years ago. At the time I did get a lot of criticism, but i'm still glad i did it. I think it looks good.I don't wear it all the time now just when it takes my fancy.
that guy :) smiles alot on September 22, 2011:
I got my left ear done and im a male. I did not do it to fit in to stick out or religion. Im left handed and use the left side of my brain more then my right. so i did the left ear. No one goes by that homosexual rule anymore I don't think. I didn't even check when i got my done because i don't care.
thakur on August 28, 2011:
I'm an indian and for our community it is considered manly to pierce one's ear i'm a rajpoot and for us it is considered to be incomplete to not have both our ears pierced it goes the same way for brahmins ..it represents spirituality knowledge and power
Rewarding! on August 04, 2011:
I think everyone that has posted negative comments towards guys with pierced ears should take a cold hard look at themselves in the mirrior! And i'm sure you will find nothing but hate in yourself, the only reason you are so negative towards guys with pierced ears is because they themselves feel confident enough to be okay with themselves and express themselves that they are okay with who they are, and they can do this any way they feel, being a bold fashion statement, or even getting pierced ears. You people are just disgusted because you aren't okay with who you are, you are upset by your bottled up feelings, and only with to reflect it upon people who are okay with themselves enough to do something that isn't like the "old ways" where guys were looked at bad for having a pierced ear! You shouldn't me happy with yourself for bringing people down by telling them they shouldn't pierce there ears! Get over yourself it's a new generation! And we are in fact taking control, weather the old farts like it or not! I'm also proud to say i'm an 18 year old male who just got his ears pierced! And enjoy it! I feel comftorble, confident, and proud to be the person i am. And if you aren't don't comment on this topic we don't want your negative talk on here!