In the early 21st century, a man's choice of wearing an earring on either ear is a personal choice, regardless of sexuality. During the 1980s and early 1990s, a pierced right ear was associated with male homosexuality, while the left ear indicated heterosexuality.Know More
By the mid- to late 1990s, as a wider choice of styles beyond studs became available, wearing a single earring on one side or the other was a commonly understood signal of sexuality. According to Jon-Jon Goulian in his memoir, "The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt," men who wore earrings in their left ears were advertising not only their heterosexuality, but their liberal conscience.
Nowadays, it is common to find heterosexual men wearing earrings in both ears at once, as well as either their left or right alone. It is considered old-fashioned to wear a single earring as a sexual signal.Learn More
Typical earrings are gauged at either 18 or 20, depending on the particular piece of jewelry. Although gauge sizes can be as small as 00, 18 and 20 are the most common for new piercings so that a large amount of flesh is not removed from the lobe at once.Full Answer >
Popular earring back designs include push backs, screw posts, latch backs, saddlebacks, lever backs and French clips. Push backs, also known as post or butterfly backs, are the standard design used on most stud-style earrings. A thin, straight wire is pushed into a small hole at the center of a butterfly-shaped back piece.Full Answer >
Symbolism associated with ear piercings has all but vaporized since the close of the 20th century as body piercings have been embraced by pop culture. According to Life123.com, between 1960 and 1990, gay American men pierced their right ears as a covert signal to help them identify other homosexual males. Their European counterparts pierced their left ear. Compounding the confusion, some scenes wore earrings in both ears to signal homosexuality.Full Answer >
There are dozens of cute ear piercings to choose from, including the rook piercing, done on the cartilage that separates the inner and outer ear; and the helix, which pierces the upper ear. Combinations of different piercings and mixing and matching earrings creates potential for various unique looks.Full Answer >