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View Poll Results: Stretched earlobes - yes or no?
Yes 12 18.75%
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As long as they are small 7 10.94%
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:48 PM   #1
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Stretched earlobes - yes or no?

READ THE DESCRIPTION BEFORE YOU VOTE PLEASE


So I want to get stretched ears, or as some people call it, "gauges". However, my parents aren't going to stop me, but they are against it. They are because they think that a hole in my ear would reduce my chances of getting a job, or getting in to a decent college.

Now, before i continue, I want to point out that I dont want ridiculously huge holes. I want to get one just a little bigger than a "0" gauge. I think that holes in your ears big enough to fit your beer in it is disgusting. I might also be influenced by seeing several people with one extremely large gauge, and one broken earlobe...

This is a "0" gauge. (well, according to google)

edit - some people were wondering whether or not this was a 0 gauge. regaurdless of what really is a 0 gauge (as i am not 100% sure) i want a gauge slightly larger than the one pictured


I think there is a point, when they are proportionate to your ears, that they look good. Larger than even a half inch in diameter is too big for me. But even that, if these are going to mess with my chances of being successful in life, Then i don't want them. at the moment i dont even have my ears pierced, so i wouldn't really know either way.

So, if you are old enough to have a teenage kid, vote on whether or not you would let them get these, and please give me an explanation in form of a response

The rest of you, just vote based on whether or not you would/what your opinion is.

thanks for the help guys, just wanted some outside opinions

I am attempting to post a poll here...
edit - it worked!

edit - if gauges are cared for properly (yes, the holes in my ear are pets) then they will go back to the size of a normal piercing after several months

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This, if the guaging process is done carefully, slowly, small increments etc, then there is no reason to not shrink back down. Its generally thought that any larger than about 8-10mm there is a chance of them staying big, but it depends on your ears. A friend of mine had 14mm holes closed up completely. Small ones are fine though

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Old 04-26-2010, 01:58 PM   #2
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Voted no. I think they look stupid and like it or not they will affect your employability.

Then again, I barely have earlobes at all, so maybe I'm just jealous.



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Voted no. I think they look stupid and like it or not they will affect your employability.

Then again, I barely have earlobes at all, so maybe I'm just jealous.
definitely jealousy
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:04 PM   #4
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i voted no as personally think they dont look too great! normal piercings are wicked but dont really get the stretched ear thing.
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I say no, only for it's permanence. A regular piercing will be fine if you take the earring out, but a gauge is pretty permanent (If I understand correctly).

Also, the job and college stuff may be effected, too.

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Im pretty sure that a '0' guage is something close to an inch in diameter, but i could be wrong.

From the pic you posted it looks like your wanting something in the realms of 5-6 mm in diameter, and if thats the case i vote yes. It wont permanently prove disadvantageous in life, if you take them out at that size within a couple of days they will 'shrink' and almost look non stretched. If you ever wanted to let them close up permanently it should work too.

This being from experience of having a 5mm and a 4mm in each ear
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I vote no. I'm not quite old enough to have teenage kids, but it's not so much a matter of "letting them", but strongly discouraging it.

Yeah, it's illegal for employers to discriminate based on that .... these days, but guess what? They'll find a reason to not hire you, ie someone else was more qualified. Doesn't make it right, but it's the truth.

Personally, if they aren't too big wouldn't be a huge issue for me if I was hiring, but it might for some companies. It depends on what field of work you're going into, and how much face time you have with customers.


I just said no for the plain reason I think they look like ....
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^ This, it also makes you looks like a huge tool.
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I say no, only for it's permanence. A regular piercing will be fine if you take the earring out, but a gauge is pretty permanent (If I understand correctly).

Also, the job and college stuff may be effected, too.
if gauges are cared for properly (yes, the holes in my ear are pets) then they will go back to the size of a normal piercing after several months
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Im pretty sure that a '0' guage is something close to an inch in diameter, but i could be wrong.

From the pic you posted it looks like your wanting something in the realms of 5-6 mm in diameter, and if thats the case i vote yes. It wont permanently prove disadvantageous in life, if you take them out at that size within a couple of days they will 'shrink' and almost look non stretched. If you ever wanted to let them close up permanently it should work too.

This being from experience of having a 5mm and a 4mm in each ear
i thought my friend (who has gauges) said that a 0 gauge is roughly the diameter of a pencil. she could be wrong though. i want gauges slightly larger than the one pictured
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:12 PM   #11
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I did it when I was young and stupid and it was cool to do so.

A word of advice: it never ends well. You end up with these big holes in your ears and you're left wondering why you did it in the first place.

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if gauges are cared for properly (yes, the holes in my ear are pets) then they will go back to the size of a normal piercing after several months
This, if the guaging process is done carefully, slowly, small increments etc, then there is no reason to not shrink back down. Its generally thought that any larger than about 8-10mm there is a chance of them staying big, but it depends on your ears. A friend of mine had 14mm holes closed up completely. Small ones are fine though
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This, if the guaging process is done carefully, slowly, small increments etc, then there is no reason to not shrink back down. Its generally thought that any larger than about 8-10mm there is a chance of them staying big, but it depends on your ears. A friend of mine had 14mm holes closed up completely. Small ones are fine though
adding this to the first post
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:21 PM   #14
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Ultimately, it's your decision since it's your body, and you seem pretty convinced to do it already. Just do what you want, and if it ends badly, consider it a life lesson.
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Anything the diameter of a pencil or smaller is fine.
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:27 PM   #16
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I say you can do whatever the .... you want with your body...

But i also can point and laugh at you as much as i want.

i voted no.

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Ultimately, it's your decision since it's your body, and you seem pretty convinced to do it already. Just do what you want, and if it ends badly, consider it a life lesson.
im nowhere near convinced. im just trying to sift between the people who know what is fact and the people who are saying "gauges are for queers"
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If you have to ask other people, the answer is probably no.
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I'm honestly surprised that No is winning by such a stretch (no pun intended ) since this place is full of metalcore kids now
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I'm honestly surprised that No is winning by such a stretch (no pun intended ) since this place is full of metalcore kids now
pschh, there are like 5 people who are "metalcore kids" here. i rarely see them, at that
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5? This place is overrun with them now. They're probably still in school, that's why they haven't voted yet
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Why not just get ear piercings that have a face that takes up that pencil diameter?

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5? This place is overrun with them now. They're probably still in school, that's why they haven't voted yet
lol im at school right now
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I voted no. Not necessarily because I personally don't like them, but as others said, you have to think about the future. What you do with your body is your business, but just know, as others pointed out, that it can affect your future. If you're going to be a tattoo artist, life long band member or something along those lines, then it's probably expected that you're going to be pierced and inked up.

If though, you're going to be an accountant somewhere down the road to pay the bills then I'd say no, avoid any and all body modifications that someone can use as a disqualifier against you for employment.
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