Gold nose rings: an ornament or means of subjugation?

Gold nose rings: an ornament or means of subjugation?

Why do women wear nose rings?

Nose rings are often considered to be a feminine adornment. In several ancient Asian communities they are also a matrimonial symbol for the fairer sex. They are referred to as ‘baths’ and were worn by married women of rural and sometimes tribal communities. The process of nose piercing is essential before women are able to wear these nose rings. Nose piercing is the piercing of the cartilage and skin of the nostril for the purpose of wearing nose rings. It is a commonplace practice in India as it is believed that nose piercing can ease the pain of childbirth and is done in honor of the Goddess of Marriage, Parvathi. It also became popular in the Western World in the 1980’s with the introduction of punk culture.

Nose piercings and nose rings: Is it a sign of subjugation in the Eastern world and a victim of judgmental attitudes in the Western world?

In a male chauvinistic, patriarchal society of Asian culture many sociologists believe that nose rings were just another excuse for inflicting pain (in the form of crude nose piercings) on the female sex and putting the same behind unnecessary shackles, under the disguise of adornment and ornamentation.

Subsequently piercings and nose rings gained popularity in the Western countries with the advent of Punk Culture. The rigid elements of the society began to look down upon teenagers with nose piercings and tattoos which also became a illogically associated with alcoholism and drug abuse. It was an unstated assumption made by the elderly people of the society that any teenager or adolescent with nose rings and tattoos would inevitably indulge in alcoholism and substance abuse. However with a shift in attitude, nowadays nose piercings and rings are gaining acceptability even in schools and work places all across the globe.

Infection related to Nose Piercings and Rings

Nose piercing does not involve a mutilation of the skin, but that of the cartilage underneath it. This makes nose piercings vulnerable to bacterial infections and prolongs the relative healing period. Some common symptoms of an infected nose include excessive pain, undue bleeding, and formation of pus and visible redness of skin.


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