Would you ever stretch your ears?

Bethy Cassatt Bethy Cassatt 11/09/2012

Just to state the obvious, I ask because I have my ears stretched, but would you?

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Bethy Cassatt Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
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Total votes: 155
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jr2012 jr2012
not for me. I actually don't even have my ears pierced!
11/09/2012
SiNn SiNn
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
thats ust weird to me
11/09/2012
BlooJay BlooJay
Not my thing
11/09/2012
sXeVegan90 sXeVegan90
Yes, and I already have.
11/10/2012
Kat and Aaron(aaron) Kat and Aaron(aaron)
Definitely not my thing.
11/10/2012
Harpina is gone Harpina is gone
Not my thing.
11/10/2012
TheirPet TheirPet
Yes but I'm only a 4 and plan to keep it around there.
11/10/2012
comatose-kitty comatose-kitty
No way.
11/10/2012
travelnurse travelnurse
NO, I don't like the way that they look.
11/10/2012
solitudinarian solitudinarian
Maybe one day. I wouldn't go very big, though I have nothing against those who do.
11/10/2012
GirlOnGirl GirlOnGirl
not my thing
11/10/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
I had mine to a 4 or 6 at one point, then let them shrink back down for my job. Now I have them at a 16 or 14. Whichever is about one or two sizes up from a regular piercing.
11/10/2012
Sunny Meadows Sunny Meadows
So is this where you have those things in your ear lobes that make holes or not? If so, it is up to you. It is not for me. But as a nurse we have had to repair so many earlobes it is not funny. Then never really look right. If my son or daugther want to do it. I would have them wait until 18 years of age then they could do what they wanted. Then I would just say good luck with that.
11/10/2012
Stagger13 Stagger13
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
I don't like the way they look stretched.
11/10/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I haven't.
11/10/2012
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
I voted other because I'm undecided on it. I've gone back and forth between wanting to and not and I just haven't made up my mind yet.
11/10/2012
Beck Beck
No. I don't like this look.
11/10/2012
Terri69 Terri69
That's a DEFINITE no for me!
11/10/2012
rosythorn rosythorn
Yea if I can:t take it back that is a no!
11/10/2012
Nyx (Under the Covers) Nyx (Under the Covers)
I love the way plugs look, but I worry about making any socially visible changes to my body that I can't reverse (my tattoo is not in a socially visible places). Maybe after I have tenure?
11/10/2012
Moniqua Moniqua
No, not my thing.
11/10/2012
Martiniman Martiniman
Just an observation, but it reminds me of the tribes in Africa. Very interesting new concept.
11/10/2012
kitty1949 kitty1949
Ehhh, not my thing.
11/10/2012
LavenderSkies LavenderSkies
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
No, never!
11/10/2012
Taylor Taylor
No definitely not, I don't think it is a good look. I also feel like I would have a hard time getting hired around here if I did wear something like that.
11/10/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
mine are 3/4 inch
11/10/2012
RedKyuubi RedKyuubi
not my thing
11/10/2012
XYCopperheadSly XYCopperheadSly
I am currently stretching my right ear.
11/10/2012
Rod Ronald Rod Ronald
had double 0 for awhile. Not anymore though.
11/10/2012
sexfairy sexfairy
No, not for me
11/10/2012
ginnyluvspotter ginnyluvspotter
i know people who have done this but i would never
11/10/2012
RatchetS RatchetS
No thank you, not my thing
11/10/2012
Anne Anne
I don't think I ever will.
11/10/2012
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Not a snowball's chance in hell of me ever stretching my lobes, but my cousin is. I just don't like the way it looks at all.

I think the ones he has in now are about the size of a quarter actually.
I'm not sure but I think he's pretty into body modification in general, he has an insanely large amount of tattoos for his age (about 20), quite a few piercings, and stretched ear lobes.
11/11/2012
Cat E. Cat E.
I think it looks terrible and would never date anyone who's had it done. Total turnoff.
11/11/2012
mmmmm mmmmm
Not my thing
11/11/2012
Winifred Winifred
1/2" but I'd like to go bigger one day =]
11/11/2012
Beaners Beaners
I thought about it in high school, but decided that I don't think I ever want to do something super permanent like that to my body. I work with 3 or 4 girls who have stretched ears, and they look great, but they're not quite my style.
11/11/2012
The Mother of a SiNner The Mother of a SiNner
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
that was just grpss really in my opinion
11/11/2012
peachmarie peachmarie
just not for me
11/11/2012
Sinfully Sinfully
Nope. Not my thing.
11/11/2012
sunkissedJess sunkissedJess
Not for me.
11/11/2012
Incendiaire Incendiaire
Part of me likes the look, but it's not something you're going to keep forever, and then you'd need surgery to fix the hole, so it doesn't seem worth it.
11/11/2012
Inkkythesquid Inkkythesquid
My ears are stretched, but i'm making them smaller
11/11/2012
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
No, just not my thing
11/11/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
No, just not my thing
11/11/2012
anonkitty anonkitty
Nope. And I wince a little whenever I see someone with it. Not so much that I'm grossed out by it as much as the reflexive twinge in my own ears when I see it.
11/12/2012
aluminummm aluminummm
I would but I've seen so many awful blowouts that I'd be afraid of finding a way to fuck it up despite careful research.
11/12/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
We find it physically disturbing to see this. No kidding. Just a physiological reaction.
11/12/2012
Trysexual Trysexual
Never
11/12/2012
AjaxAnti AjaxAnti
In my first set of holes I have 4 gauge tunnels with 12 gauge hoops going through them. My second set of holes have small hoops, 16 or 18 gauge.

My wife has 4 gauge in her first set and 10 or 12 gauge in her second.
11/12/2012
mikeysPlace mikeysPlace
I find those ear plugs to be fairly ugly. But if u like it, go for it. I've often thought they could come in quite handy too, for things like hanging your keychain, mounting small speakers for your ipod, etc.
11/12/2012
Abombadong Abombadong
Got peirced at 2g and finally stopped at 3/4"
11/12/2012
SilverMinxxx SilverMinxxx
Not my thing, but I do not judge those that do it.
11/13/2012
butts butts
I like them, and I'd totally have them if I didn't have to get them stitched up when I was done with them. Most piercings you can just take out and let heal, stretched ones are different. That's the only thing stopping me really.
11/13/2012
Aishiteru Aishiteru
Not my thing, but I don't mind what other people do to their body.
11/13/2012
KevinW KevinW
I wouldnt do it but to each their own
11/13/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
I did once gauge mine to a small gauge -- 16, but will not go further because I like my little petite ears and would not like them to be gaping. I do love some of the beautiful gauged earrings available though! BUT if it means gaping ear hole -- nooo! However, some people look really nice with them in their ears, but I don't much love the look of the bare hole. Lol.
11/13/2012
loveme loveme
I've thought about it, I like how it looks ( not when they are too big). But I'd be scared of the pain.
11/13/2012
Dixiemomma Dixiemomma
nah i wouldnt do that myself, i like my little ears but my Mister has tunnels in his and i think they are sexy
11/13/2012
roskat roskat
I don't like this style for myself.
11/13/2012
Boyfriend Boyfriend
not my thing!
11/15/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
Nope
11/16/2012
Pururin Pururin
Yes, and I've already started. I wouldn't want to stretch mine too big though. I think the biggest I'd ever go is a 6g.
11/16/2012
srexom srexom
streached ears don't really do it for me.
11/16/2012
Creepellah Creepellah
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
I really want to get mine done. Not too big though.
11/16/2012
StephanieTaylor StephanieTaylor
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
yes but not to big
11/17/2012
damnbul12 damnbul12
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
No, just not my thing
11/17/2012
Mrs.Tee Mrs.Tee
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
nope not at all
11/17/2012
Ivanna Ivanna
No I would never
11/17/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
No I would not do it.
11/17/2012
Feisty Feisty
I have considered it.
11/17/2012
RabidPizza RabidPizza
Yes, and I'm currently in the process of moving up to a 2g.
11/19/2012
apryls apryls
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
no, it's not my thing
11/19/2012
Hubby80 Hubby80
No. Not my thing
11/19/2012
malantha malantha
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
It is not my thing.
11/19/2012
Voir Voir
Quote:
Originally posted by Nyx (Under the Covers)
I love the way plugs look, but I worry about making any socially visible changes to my body that I can't reverse (my tattoo is not in a socially visible places). Maybe after I have tenure?
Stretching is reversible - up to a point it generally varies between people - but so long as you don't rip your ear in the process by doing something stupid like jumping up three or four sizes or trying to stretch extremely far within a week or two - your ears should be fine.

I wear a 7/16 but if I took my plugs out for a week or two I'd be down to a 0 - in the future it would be easier to stretch back up, and they may never completely close back down small enough to wear regular earrings (unless I stopped for a few years, the hole will eventually close back up) but it is completely possible for them to return to a small enough size that it's really not noticeable that they are stretched within a reasonable amount of time.
12/03/2012
ashleylove920 ashleylove920
Not for me. I have my ears pierced but I never put anything in them.
12/04/2012
Living Doll Living Doll
My ears are stretched to 0g. I like them that size and have no plans to go bigger.
12/04/2012
amplified to rock amplified to rock
I don't mind gauging on other people, it's just not for me. My piercings take long enough to heal as it is, haha.
12/04/2012
kev kev
No! That's disgusting... No offense.
12/05/2012
puglove puglove
Not for me.
12/05/2012
DawnStar DawnStar
No, I'm good with normal ear piercings.
02/13/2013
Bleu Bleu
Wouldn't look good on me...but I'm not TOTALLY against it.
02/13/2013
toffee toffee
No, it's not my thing and I rarely find stretched ears attractive.
02/13/2013
Kiss Kiss
No offense...I think it's gross.
02/13/2013
xscorpiox xscorpiox
nope, not my thing.
02/14/2013
ChubbyNerd ChubbyNerd
I had mine stretched for almost 2 years, but i took them out.
02/15/2013
xxxbluexxx xxxbluexxx
not my thing
02/15/2013
Aubrey M Aubrey M
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
A common misconception is calling the practice gauging-- a gauge is a measuring system for the plugs, etc, not the actual process.
I'm tempted to stretch my ears just a few sizes up, so that I can wear this nice pair of coconut spiral earrings that are probably 12 gauge. Then again, most of my earrings are regular sized, and I don't know if i'd like the look of having lobes that are too big for my earrings. Hmm...
02/15/2013
hjtee hjtee
I would if I had my ears pierced.
02/15/2013
sexytileena / absolutely love sex sexytileena / absolutely love sex
nope
02/15/2013
nikki0668 nikki0668
not my thing
02/15/2013
Total posts: 94
Unique posters: 94
Bethy Cassatt Bethy Cassatt
Yes, there are some people with big disc sized holes, but there are smaller, discrete ones as well, and since I have such stretchy lobes, this is a sound option instead of earrings, which can get sucked into my ear (le gasp).
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Harpina is gone Harpina is gone
I think they look good on some people, but I don't think they'd look all that good on me.
11/10/2012
TheirPet TheirPet
I have 4g and they look good on me I think. I'm happy with the size and I don't want to stretch any larger.
11/10/2012
toxie m toxie m
I like them. I'm a sucker for boys with stretched lobes.
11/10/2012
Stagger13 Stagger13
Quote:
Originally posted by Bethy Cassatt
Yes, there are some people with big disc sized holes, but there are smaller, discrete ones as well, and since I have such stretchy lobes, this is a sound option instead of earrings, which can get sucked into my ear (le gasp).
Hate the way it looks.
11/10/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I wouldn't want mine stretched, but I don't care either way on others. Each to their own.
11/10/2012
Beck Beck
I don't think it looks attractive at all.
11/10/2012
Supervixen Supervixen
To each their own, but I think it looks awful.
11/10/2012
rosythorn rosythorn
I don:t like it that much but its better then having two ears full of piercings in my opinion.
11/10/2012
Taylor Taylor
I don't care what other people want to do with their body, but I don't think it is a good look. They are definitely a turn off for me
11/10/2012
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Not my cup of tea and I don't like them, but I wouldn't discriminate against people that have them either.
I probably wouldn't date anyone that wanted or had them, at least if they're bigger than the average pen is in diameter.

I think for those that like the look of stretched piercings, but not the idea of actually stretching them, there's a lot of really cute fake "gauge" earrings out there. I saw several on etsy that even I'd wear, including some adorable angel wing shaped ones.

link to store offering fake "gauges"
11/11/2012
AmethystSmoke AmethystSmoke
I don't find stretched lobes attractive at all. Overall, I'm not a fan of "one trick pony" body modifications.
11/11/2012
Pink Lily Pink Lily
I think it fits some people and some personalities, but not others.
11/17/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I have no problem with people who do this.
11/17/2012
lacybutton lacybutton
It's not my thing, but it's neat to see others who do. I wonder sometimes though if they'll regret it years down the line when they are much older and they sag further.
11/17/2012
Eugler Eugler
I have no problem with it but wouldn't do it myself. I would be interested how they feel
12/04/2012
Hubby80 Hubby80
I think it is creepy.
12/04/2012
puglove puglove
To each his own. It does not bother me if someone has gauged ears, it's just not for me.
12/05/2012
evie.amor evie.amor
If they're stretched to a small gauge it can look okay. I like the wooden earings that girls can wear when they have stretched ears but otherwise I don't dig it. I've known a couple guys in their 30s who had to get surgery because they didn't want to wear gauges anymore/couldn't wear them for their job.
02/15/2013
Aubrey M Aubrey M
For me, like any modification, it completely depends on the person. Also, in terms of jewelry, I much prefer stone plugs or metal earrings to, say, tunnels or tapers (which shouldn't be used as jewelry regardless!).
02/15/2013
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Unique posters: 20
Bethy Cassatt Bethy Cassatt
Are we seen as a bunch of hooligans, or does no one really care?
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TheirPet TheirPet
I get pretty bad service when I go out to restaurants to eat alone. People think I'm a hooligan and that I'm not going to tip well. When I dress up and hide my piercings and tattoos people treat me completely differently.
11/10/2012
solitudinarian solitudinarian
I think there's a stigma against pierced people in general, save for lobe (and maybe nostril and navel) piercings.
11/10/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I think people treat people badly when they see piercings and tattoos. I try to treat people equally.
11/10/2012
MidnightStorm MidnightStorm
I really think it depends! Honestly, I don't really think that overly stretched ears are appealing--if you can stick your finger through it, I'm going to be blunt... That's kind of gross. My general rule of thumb with stretched ears is: "Will it heal?" Changes are you don't want noodle-ears at 70 years old.

I think people with larger size gauges see more of a stigma. I have three piercings in each ear, stretched to a 6, a 12, and no stretched at all, and I love them! The 6g allows me to buy really cute earrings and the smallest sizes in most plugs without being tacky. I wouldn't mind stretching them more, but my ears are also relatively large, so the larger stretching just means that the earrings look more proportionate to my ear. I've never had any trouble because of my earrings and more often than not I get compliments on them.
11/10/2012
Supervixen Supervixen
I think it depends on where you live. If you live in a small, conservative town, any alternative style could be treated poorly, but if you live in a place like New York or L.A., I think people are more or less used to it.
11/10/2012
rosythorn rosythorn
There is a slight stigma, but I don:t think it will cost you a job at a non conservative company. I might not date someone whose ears were stretched
11/10/2012
Taylor Taylor
I think it depends. Where I live I feel like it could definitely prevent you from getting hired in most jobs. I don't think people are hooligans for stretching their ears, but I have a friend who wants to stetch her ears and I just worry about what that will do to her job prospects.
11/10/2012
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Honestly?
Even in our culture where body modification is slowly becoming more accepted, I think there's still a sort of stigma attached to having much more than regular size piercings or barbells and some tattoos.

I make it a point to try and treat everyone equally no matter what they look like though.
Actually, if I had the money to spare I'd probably get my ears pointed (yes...like elf ears) and have a few tattoos myself. =3

I do think the more extreme the body modification, the less chance of finding reliable work without having to cover all the mods up somehow.

I remember one of my mother's friends was forced by managers to cover up a little teardrop shaped tattoo she had near the corner of her eye when she worked as a bank teller, and that was only about five years ago.
11/11/2012
Pink Lily Pink Lily
It depends on the area. I live in a conservative area so here it's mostly seen as something young people do to be different.
11/17/2012
Hubby80 Hubby80
Yes. Everyone judges people here. But I don't care what people think.
12/04/2012
Aubrey M Aubrey M
Absolutely. I think it's seen as a rash decision that young people make in attempts to be rebellious, and they do so without doing proper research or taking proper care of their bodies while they're healing, which it hopefully goes without saying is not the always the case. Personally, I think stretching is a body modification like any other, and I do consider more "socially acceptable" practices such as getting braces, contacts, tanning etc. to be forms of body modification as well.
02/15/2013
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Unique posters: 12