The question that often arises in the fashion world is if something is simply a trend, or is it to become a classic? This same question is posed by those interested in a belly piercing and wearing one of the many belly button rings that are in fashion right now. If you check the blogs and the social media outposts such as Facebook and Twitter you can find a lot of discussion about whether or not the belly ring is here to stay.
To answer this question it is probably best to take a step back and look at the roots of body piercing in general to see if it has been able to withstand the test of time. You can read about accounts in the Old Testament that indicate that some women had nose piercings. You can look at pictures coming out of the ancient ruins to see that there were piercings in the nose and the ears. And you can find evidence in Eastern cultures of various piercings related to religions and social status. Even in our Western culture ear piercings have become pretty mainstream.
Although some may still believe that belly button rings are nothing more than a temptation of the flesh; young women of all ages and across many cultural backgrounds are embracing the jewelry that they can wear in their navel. The perceptions of some will never be altered. However, many women choose their belly button rings as a sign of their femininity and confidence – not as a sign of their sexual habits.
Many fashions are designed which compliment the wearing of belly button rings. And, of course, the bikini is here to stay so summer is an ideal time to show off your body jewelry and your tan.
So are belly button rings losing some of their steam? Look in any fashion magazine or watch what the celebrities are doing and it would appear that this trend will continue. With so much body jewelry to choose from women will certainly continue to express themselves and their style with the use of body bling.
If you are a teenager that wants to get her belly pierced and your parents don’t understand, then you may have heard the comment that belly button rings are trashy. But with the popularity of body piercings and a variety of body bling available is it time for that outdated notion to be put to rest?
This is a question that has been asked and answered by many people of all ages. There seems to be an ongoing debate about the morality or intent of a woman that decides to express herself through a belly piercing. The type of belly button rings available range from very classy, to very cute, to very suggestive. But that could be viewed as very subjective. After all, not every woman is the same – and I don’t think that we would want it that way anyhow.
Some argue that the choice to wear belly button rings, get a nose piercing, or get multiple ear piercings is simply a statement of style and individuality much like the choice between wearing tennis shoes or thick soled boots. This camp would argue that there is as much harm in belly button rings as there is in choosing a hot pink tank top versus a conservative white blouse.
On the other side of the coin, belly button rings are seen as a sexual piercing whose only intent is to focus attention on one of the most sensual parts of a woman’s body, the stomach. By extension, these people believe that if a woman gets a belly piercing they are only doing it in order to attract more sexual mates.
For those that see no harm in belly button rings or other body piercings, they would argue that opponents of this type of self expression are simply motivated by fear. But this is not really new. Every generation has had a debate over what is considered “good” and “bad”. Remember, rock and roll was seen as “bad” by generations of the past, but it is still well and alive today.
Perhaps the best advice for a young woman considering getting belly button rings comes from this young lady, “Not everyone is going to think the same. If you don’t feel trashy then forget about what everyone else says. You know who you are…express it!”