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Why Do Men Wear Earrings?

Updated April 17, 2017

Have you ever wondered why men wear earrings? It's not always why you think, so see how men have worn this jewellery accessory and what it means today.

History

In ancient times, men wore earrings in places like Assyria and Babylonia to denote their rank in society. Earrings were viewed as an art form.

Significance

Today, many men simply like the look of one or two earrings. They have a choice between studs or hoops.

Considerations

Some men may not be able to wear their earrings in the workplace, or in a professional setting. Wearing earrings may also work against men during job interviews.

Misconceptions

Some people think that men who wear earrings are homosexual, or that wearing one in a certain ear denotes homosexuality. Many heterosexual men simply like wearing earrings.

Fun Fact

The late 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley got his ear pierced after receiving a diamond stud as a gift from Liza Minnelli.

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About the Author

Since 1996, Zoe London has written extensively on fashion, health, beauty, crafts and parenting. Her work has appeared in "Mahogany Magazine" and "The Kid Turned Out Fine".