Unpopular Culture

Unpopular Culture

The (un) popular culture topic I chose to blog about is extreme body piercings. I do not meant to suggest that too many piercings, or questionable body piercings have a negative impact on American society as a whole, but rather on the individual people who choose to decorate their bods  in these unusual ways.

ottott2huge ear

For the record, I am in full support and do not judge any person expressing themselves artistically in whatever way they choose to with their own body, and using piercings is one way to accomplish that. However, not only are there risks involving the human body, the person who proudly displays the over the top personal expressions could also jeopardize their chances of snagging that job they are after. Being passed over for that great job they are likely quite deserving is a reality in today’s society as discussed in this web article :


In addition to potential rejection in the working world, there are physical risks involved as well . Certain types of body piercing can be dangerous, In particular the tongue, lips, nipples, navel and genital area. The preceding kinds of piercings can cause several types of health problems for the person opting for this type of piercing including the following :

Infection of the mouth or lips may cause speech, chewing, or swallowing problems or swelling that can block the throat :

oral piercing infected tongue


Infection of a nipple can scar the breast tissue and limit the ability to breast-feed later.

The infection may be potentially serious or life-threatening and involve the entire body (systemic):


Splitting or tearing of the skin or tongue , which may cause the formation of scar tissue.

torn tongue

Problems with the type of jewelry used, including allergies to a metal. Jewelry in the mouth or lips can cause chipping or cracking of the teeth, gum problems, and difficulty chewing or swallowing. Jewelry can also become loose and be swallowed.

Body piercing problem

Jewelry in the navel can get caught on clothing and linens. This constant irritation can delay healing. Navel piercings can take up to a year to heal completely.

bad idea

Jewelry in the genital area may cause injury to you or your sex partner. It also can cause condom breakage, increasing the risk of pregnancy and exposure to sexually transmitted infections. Piercings in the penis can decrease a man’s ability to get or maintain an erection : http://omicsonline.org/complications-of-genital-piercings-2161-1173-2-122.pdf

toothacheDamage to underlying blood vessels or nerves  nerve damage

Scarring of the piercing site. scar

And, here are even more potential health issues as noted from Web MD : http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/oral-piercing

As you can see , even though body piercing is a part of our popular culture today, there are several good reasons why it can be also be referred to as Unpopular Culture!



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