What Is the Meaning of an Earring in the Left Ear?

The significance of a piercing in the left ear has not been established or is not universally acknowledged. Although there have been urban tales about the connection between certain ear piercings and homosexuality, none have continuously held true. A particular ear choice is now justified by personal preference.

In the past, it was thought that a man’s sexual orientation would determine which ear he chose to pierce: the left ear indicated heterosexuality, while the right ear indicated homosexuality. The selection of an ear, as opposed to being based on arbitrary criteria or urban legends, has become more personal or stylistic as male ear piercings have grown in popularity.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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