Tongue Piercing Means You Do What!?!
Today I received the following question through Twitter:
I want a tongue piercing but I don’t know what they stand for. I want one because I find them to be pretty but I heard they mean you perform oral. Can you help?
After many attempts to answer this in 140 characters or less, I gave up and decided to expand upon it.
I actually have gotten this question on more than one occasion, and here is my answer:
The belief that having a tongue ring means that you give oral is wrong. A piercing does not dictate what you do, or do not do. But be aware that there is a social stigma of sorts attached to almost all piercings. The best thing you can do is be confident and laugh it off if you hear something that you know is not true.
These days piercings are meant to be additions to your body for your own personal beautification, or for spiritual or sexual reasons. Some people feel that tongue rings can enhance oral pleasure, which would be why they make vibrating tongue rings and other tongue ring toppers meant for that purpose.
So I say if you want it, and it will make you feel more beautiful, go for it. :-)
Here are some Fun Tongue Piercing History facts courtesy of Wikipedia:
“There is a history of ritual tongue piercing in both Aztec and Maya cultures, with illustrations of priests piercing their tongue and then either drawing blood from it or passing rough cords, designed to inflict pain, through the hole. This was done to honor their gods. There is no evidence of permanent or long term tongue piercing in Aztec culture, however, despite the practice of many other permanent body modifications.
Piercing the tongue has a long history in religious and performance practices. Mesoamericans such as the Aztecs practiced this as well as other perforations as a part of offerings to their deities. Islamic Fakirs and Sufis from the Middle East, and Asian Spirit Mediums of the Far East practiced tongue piercing as an offering and proof of trance state (which they still do to this day).
The reason for the central [ Aboriginal Australian ] holy man’s practice of piercing the tongue was to enable the holy man to “suck with his tongue the [evil] magic out of his patients body. From the turn of the 20th century, Western Carnies borrowed many of their sideshow tricks from fakirs bringing to American and European audiences their first glimpses of tongue piercing.”
Also, on a side note some cultures believe tongue piercings to represent strength.
If you are interested in the procedure of getting your tongue pierced, check out this link to BMEzine’s Wiki on Tongue Piercing. Please be warned it may be a bit extreme or graphic at points.