Piercing Kids' Ears: I Can't Pierce My Daughter's Ears – It's Not My Choice! by Brittany Moffatt
I was shocked by several people at my daughter's first birthday party that asked me if I was going to "pierce her ears." I wanted to say, "Seriously, is that still a thing?" And roll my eyes and walk away. However, I simply stated, "I cannot pierce my daughter's ears, because it's not my choice."
When my husband and I feel she is old enough to consent to it herself and understands the permanence of it we will allow her to get her ears pierced. Until then, not my body equals not my choice.
This falls directly in line with everything we're seeing right now about survivors and assault. The hashtag #metoo is about victims claiming their bodies as their own. We as a society need to respect others’ bodies and understand the ramifications of forcing "our choice" onto them.
To some this may seem like an overreaction, but we need to restructure our thinking in order to change.