Piercing Screams

Here’s an interesting item from Monday’s LA Times:

Most men with genital piercings don’t fit the usual stereotypes

Most men with genital piercings don’t fit into the usual stereotype of bikers, druggies or Goths, researchers said Monday. In fact, most who responded to a survey are nearly middle-aged, middle class married men, according to an online study performed by researchers from Texas Tech University.

Anybody that hangs out in the sex blog world could have told you that.

But what you might not have discovered is a bit more squicky:

Men report many reasons for piercings, including increased sexual satisfaction, a need for rebellion and a desire for risk-taking. But they also endure a variety of complications, particularly infections and bleeding. About a quarter of men report that they have to urinate sitting down because urine sprays in all directions through the piercings. Other reported complications have included priapism (uncomfortably sustained erections), bleeding after sex, gangrene and loss of jewelry in female partners.

Losing a ring or a stud inside your partner? Oh my. Not that I was considering a PA anyway, but geez…

Although I usually doubt the statistical validity of self-selected surveys, it’s interesting to see the results, posted in the British Journal of Medical Practitioners.

  • Among those who responded, the average man was 31 years old, white, heterosexual, college educated and earned more than $36,000 per year.
  • 89% identified themselves as Caucasians;
  • 41% were married and another 20% lived with a significant other;
  • 56% reported a salary of more than $45,000 per year;
  • 28% said they had a strong religious faith;
  • 82% said they were heterosexual;
  • 87% said they didn’t use drugs;
  • 74% said they had at least some college, and 20% had a graduate or doctoral degree.
  • Many of the respondents said they had solicited advice from piercers and the Internet before obtaining their piercings.

I read through the BJMP report, and oddly, I did not find “Needed to use it with a chastity device” listed as one of the reasons.

About Tom Allen

The Grey Geezer Dauntless defender of, um, something that needed dauntless defending. Dammit, I can't read this script without my glasses. Hey, you kids, get off my damn lawn!
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4 Responses to Piercing Screams

  1. thumper says:

    Never bled (after the piercing, of course), never had an infection or (!) gangrene, never lost bits inside Belle (though, to be fair, it’s not like I’m getting too many opportunities for that). Thanks for the link!

  2. Jz says:

    I’m not sure I can consider the acquisition of an (undoubtedly fine) body adornment to be worth the risk of a lifetime of having to explain to all potential dates why you have only the mutilated stub of a once-gangrenous penis.

    But then, I won’t bungee jump, either…

  3. scott Kelly says:

    Hi Tom,

    I’ve been pierced for about twenty years. I’ve had an assortment of piercings through the years but have settled on my ears, nipples, and penis (two piercings there). I’ve NEVER had any problems with any of them.

    I have heard that lip and tongue piercing can cause dental issue but I have no way to verify that and I’ve never met anyone that had those issues.

    Em hat her clit pierced by Elayne Angel, probably the premier piercer in the world today, and that piercing didn’t take. Size is an issue for a clit piercing and Elayne wasn’t sure that it would work. Em chose to give it a try but it began to migrate almost immediately and she removed it. Eventually she replaced it with the more user friendly clit hood piercing. Never a problem always a fun bauble.

    Most likely, the data you referred to is skewed in some fashion. If one goes to a reputable piercer there just shouldn’t be any major problems.


    Mrs. Kelly’s Playhouse

  4. Billus says:

    Even though chastity is not explicitly mentioned, the description of the ‘average’ man to get a piercing does fit in well with what seems to be the kind of fellow who is interested in chastity, at least by what we all see on the Internet.

    You could probably make a case that it may also describe guys who more closely resemble the stereotype (the sissy male slave), but I still think there is a large (mostly) silent underclass of men who we could term ‘neochastical’; men interested in chastity but not the common stereotype. Sarah’s husband John would be a good example of a neochastical male.

    See Tom, there’s that word again!

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