Re: Body adornment

Adrienne Dearmas (DearmasA@AOL.COM)
Tue, 9 Jul 1996 12:02:58 -0400

In a message dated 96-07-05 20:34:47 EDT, ERICS@DEPAUW.EDU (ERIC SILVERMAN)

> 3. Some folks speak about body piercing and the confrontation with pain in
> much the same way that many sexually abused children discuss pain and why
> they often cut themselves with knives, etc. Thus, I would not be
> if there is at least some correlation between at least some body piercing
> adherents and early childhood experiences. I have no data on this, only
> anecdotal information.
I'll take this one. What anecdotal information? There is a very big
difference between self-mutilators and body piercers (read Favazza (sp?). I
believe there is a correlation between pain thresholds, altered states of
consciousness and piercing, but if we are quick to correlate sexual abuse in
childhood and piercing, we will stereotype them.

- Adrienne