Erin wrote…

I think my piercings define my gender more than any clothing ever could.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?

Posted by on March 6th, 2011 at 08:00 am

Category: your voice 3 comments »

3 Responses to “Piercings.”

  1. kendall

    I have at least 19 piercings, and they make me feel attractive, they make me feel accessorized…just about the femmiest I get is when I decide to make my plugs match my sweater…BUT if I were to ever fully transition, I’d probably take out 3/4 of my piercings, because just plugs and an industrial would get me further with the boys than having my ears done up like a hilroy spiral notebook… I take them out for drag, I’d probably let them grow over if I grew up or really really became a man


  2. bidyke

    This totally resonated with me. I’ve felt that my piercings marked my difference long before I even thought of identifying as genderqueer (before I even knew the word). When I think about hormone treatments and surgeries, my reference point has always been my piercings: I feel all of these are aspects of body modification. When I think of how I pass in the street, to people who look at me, one of the first things I pass as is pierced. In many ways, my piercings embody my gender difference and comprise a form of physical gender transition.


  3. Samson

    I had a partner who talked about facial piercings being a marker of membership in the queer community where he grew up, and how he was sad that, as he grew up, he found it necessary to take a lot of them out. It was less about losing the piercings themselves as feeling less recognizably queer, even in communities where that wasn’t the case.


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