(Closed) Kim K under scrutiny for piercing baby North's ears. (Opinions?)

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 46
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s a funny one because she is going to get criticized no matter what she does, and whether or not you agree with what her and her family do for a living… there is nothing to suggest she is a bad mother in the slightest. They just live in a different world to most people.

On the earring issue… eh… it’s personal choice. I personally don’t agree with it, but it’s not THAT much of a big issue that it’s worth creating drama over. So what if people pierce their babies ears at a young age? If she was beating the child, different story. But she isn’t. There are plenty of cultures where piercing babies ears is very normal, so I’m not going to criticize her choice. It’s not something I would do, so I won’t do it, and that is it!

Post # 47
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Bumble bee

I’m pretty big on not performing body modification on children, because they can’t consent.  I don’t agree with child circumcision, child tattooing, etc.

But this?  Ear piercings are easily reversible.  If the kid doesn’t want them when they’re older, they can remove the earrings and the holes will close.  So, since it could be considered a temporary modification, I don’t consider it nearly as problematic.

Post # 48
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Rachel631:  I agree with you completely on circumsision. I understand that it is a big part of many cultures, but to me lopping of a body part (for absolutely no medical reason) is just unacceptable. I understand also that male and femal Groomsmen are different… but Groomsmen is Groomsmen… male or female it isn’t right.

It’s not that I agree piercing a baby’s ears is right… personally I wouldn’t because of the consent thing, but to me it’s not a HUGE deal as it is reversible if they are taken out.. they will heal.

Post # 49
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Buzzing bee

I don’t see anything wrong with it. Although if I were getting my child’s ears pierced that young, I would have done it much sooner than that. I got mine pierced when I was 8. I think it’s rather stupid to get all worked up over these celebrity issues. I realize that it’s a form of entertainment, but do we really have nothing better to do than to bash celebrities and their families?

Post # 50
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i had my ears pierced at 2, then i got my 2nd hole at 7 and 3rd hole at 9.  my only complaint is that the placement of my first hole is higher than it should be.  had my parents waited until i was a little older, my ears would have grown.  no big deal.  i don’t remember it and am happy to have my ears pierced.

 

Post # 51
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Bee Keeper

I personally do not think babies should have their ears pierced, for several reasons already stated by PP’s– but the main reason is because I think piercing should be a discussion and decision between either a parent and a child/teen or a decision made when they are adults.

I was 12 before I was allowed to have my ears pierced. My parents wanted me to be old enough to experience the “pain” ( although it wasn’t painful at all), the responsibility, and it became a rite of passage into becoming a teenager. Sure, they could have pierced them for me at a young age, but they didn’t because they wanted to teach me that I make decisions and I live with the consequences– good and bad. 

Post # 52
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Just something else for people to bash then for. In my culture most female babies have their ears pierced before their 1st bday. This isn’t something new, I think many Americans practice this too. This is nothing new!!! 

People have nothing better to do than wrote nonsense articles about people who don’t matter. 

Post # 53
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MrsPiggles:  my house rule was no ear piercing until we were 18… until my brother stopped wanting a pierced ear (oh, the 90s…) at which point my mom, to my surprise, gave into my begging when I was about 10. They didn’t want my brother to pierce his ear, but they wanted to be equal with gender. Once he stopped wanting it, I was allowed to have mine pierced. Now it wasn’t that they didn’t want a boy with a pierced ear; they knew him well, his conservative tendencies, and knew that as an adult he would regret having his ear pierced as the hole doesn’t disappear with the trend. It closes, but it’s still visible. And at this point, as a business consultant, I know he would really hate having a visible hole mark.

At the same time, I have gender non-conforming and trans friends who are really bothered by their ear holes that they were given as babies. That’s where consent comes in for me. As kids they were probably considered “tomboys” not trans or androgyne, but unlike me, they wouldn’t have been begging for pierced ears. Most people are gender conforming, but for a small percentage, it’s a real issue. Even for gender conforming girls, though, I want to reinforce as much as possible that they control their bodies, and giving them choice over any permanent modification is part of that. 

I also think parents need to know their kids and if they will likely take good care of their piercings, and then make sure they do. “She wouldn’t let me near it” is an excuse. I suspect most of those parents weren’t paying attention until it got infected, and then were embarrassed. And if you have such a combative relationship with your kid that you can’t participate in care, don’t let them get a piercing. So I’ll be waiting for my kid to consent, and deal with the extra wound care headaches that come with that.

 

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Post # 54
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

MrsPiggles:  I was way younger than North when my mom had my ears pierced and I’ve never had an issue with them because she took care of them properly. However, when I was 16, i decided to get 2 more holes in my ears, and guess what? My second and third holes are now closed because i never took care of them. I understand the issue of consent, but my own personal opinion is that it’s not really a big deal to pierce a baby’s ears. It’s just a quick pinch and then it’s over. I’m not a huge Kardashian fan, but I think that people criticizing her for this probably need to get a grip.

Post # 55
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I was under one. :/ 

Post # 56
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - Barn Restaurant

umm I pierced my daughters ears at 5 or 6 months, whichever age it was allowed. Her DOCTOR pierced them lol. I felt bad for a minute but it was seriously nothing. She can take them out if she decides she hates them. I really don’t think it’s a big deal and its up to the parents if they want to do them, no one elses business. But I guess everyone has there own opinion. 

Also I’m portuguese and thats pretty customary. Its funny because my fiances grandmother got a little upset about it and I was kind of confused as to why. Meanwhile my Portuguese side think nothing of it and say oh we all had our ears pierced as soon as we were born lol. So I suppose everyone is different. I say do what you want! lol

Post # 57
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MrsPiggles:  Well over here piercing ears young is the tradition. During the first week a baby girl normally gets her ears pierced. I can’t stand Kim K but people need to get over themselves IMO. 

Post # 58
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I got my ears pierced before I was 1 year old, and I always loved being able to wear real earrings as a kid. Plus I don’t remember it, so I didn’t know how much it would hurt when I got my second ear piercing and my helix piercing! I would probably do the same for my potential future daughter.

Post # 59
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My parents allowed us to get our ears pierced any time after 10 years of age. They only wanted it done if WE wanted it done. They aren’t big fans of piercings and my father still sees it as marking the body.

Post # 60
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2020

I don’t disagree with it or think it is a huge deal. My only concern is that it could get tugged on, stuck on a blanket or toy and rip out! I got mine done when I was five and I remember it vividly. Personal choice! I don’t think I will pierce my baby’s ears.

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