I think it is improper body modification without consent. That is the way they are the same. I do find it interesting too that ear piercing is a cultural thing and most people I ask cannot tell me the cultural significance which is similar to circing. This is what I hear people say about piercing: "their mom's are pierced", "their family will be upset if they don't", "it is just what people do", "the pain isn't that bad", "they won't remember the pain", "do it when they are young and it is easier to clean". These sound familar to what we hear about circing. I don't believe in tradition for traditions sake especially when it is painful to the child. Plus I am horribly allergic to metal so I am glad my ears were pierced when I was older. My reaction to piercing was very painful.
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5/23/08 at 3:23pm