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Dr. Drew, I disagree with you

I did a search for piercing on the drdrew.com Web site, and found the following replies to questions about piercing. To say the least, I disagree with most of what he has to say about piercing, so I've prepared a response to each of his offending statements. Clicking on the question will open the original page on drdrew.com with his reply intact. To show you that I'm not an ass, I'll even let you know when I agree with him.

So here goes ...

Should I get my clitoris pierced?

Dr. Drew: "There's not much information out there about these sorts of piercings because it's not something people talk about very often."
Incorrect. We live in the age of the Web, remember? You can find lots of people willing to talk about their genital piercings with enlightened opinions and solid information. Here are a few resources that come to mind: I would definitely say that after viewing the stories and opinions of over 1300 people, you could come to some intelligent decision about genital piercings. This only represents one site, so with all the other bodyart e-zines, personal pages and piercing shops online, you could find a wealth of information from the comfort of your home. Did I mention that most qualified professional piercers would be happy to talk to you about ... of all topics ... getting a piercing?
Dr. Drew: "I have talked to a few people who've had this procedure done, and they tell me that initially they experienced heightened sensitivity, but after a few months, they developed an insensitivity. "
What? All of them developed an insensitivity? And what is a "few people"? Two, five, ten? Remember, Dr. Drew's first admission was that there wasn't a lot of information about these sorts of piercings, so is he guessing?
Dr. Drew: "I don't know if this insensitivity goes away if the piercing is removed. "
Me neither. But you've certainly put doubt in your readers' minds. I mean, if the good doctor doesn't know, how the hell can I? Oh yeah, I've got information.
Dr. Drew: "And, not everyone I've talked to said they experienced heightened or decreased sensitivity. In other words, it's a risk. "
Righto. Walking down the street is a risk, so are moshing and genital piercing. What we choose to do can be evaluated with the proper information. We live in the Information Age ... so in addition to suffering one more cliché, we have a wealth of information at our disposal, which allows us to make informed decisions about almost anything.
Dr. Drew: "In general, I have serious concerns about people who are interested in what I call "aggressive piercing" of the genitalia. In my experience, almost without exception, there is a history of some sort of abuse and getting this type of piercing is a way of acting out. "
Wrongo. Without exception, the two people I know with genital piercings come from loving families with no history of abuse, neither physical nor emotional. See more below.
Dr. Drew: "I would seriously weigh the consequences, and explore your reasons for wanting this piercing before you have the procedure done."
Thank you! Finally, some good advice. Readers, pay attention. (sarcasm on) I know that most of you will be tempted to have a total stranger stick a needle through your naughty bits without a moment's thought of the pain, humility or healing process. (sarcasm off) I'm fairly certain that most everyone that gets a genital piercing is well aware of the procedure, consequences and risks.

Are there any medical problems associated with having my penis pierced?

Dr. Drew: "I have had the unfortunate opportunity to watch a Prince Albert procedure done on two different occasions. It's really quite gruesome, and it's amazing to me that there are still no government agencies to assure the quality and safety of these procedures."
Well, maybe there should, but until then, we've got great alternatives. The Association of Professional Piercers is a "voluntary alliance of piercing professionals dedicated to the dissemination of information about body piercing". Sounds pretty good to me, and I don't think I would get pierced by anyone that isn't a member.
Dr. Drew: " In spite of the incredibly intrusive nature of the Prince Albert piercing, I have seen remarkably few complications from this procedure. As with any piercing, there is always a potential for infection, bleeding, or disfigurement. With piercings of the genitalia, sexual dysfunction is a risk, as well. "
True. Imagine what happens when well-informed individuals have a piercing performed in a sterile, professional environment by someone who is well-trained and has the client's best interest at mind.
Dr. Drew: "Although, people believe, as you do, that, these piercings may enhance sexual stimulation, it is rare to meet anyone who will say that it makes a measurable or substantive difference in the experience."
Possibly. But the best sex has to do with your brain, not your penis or your clitoris. The visual and tactile stimulus of a genital piercing for the significant other of one pierced is ... well, wow!
Dr. Drew: "Also, be aware that the Prince Albert certainly can decrease the effectiveness of regular condoms. Look for condoms specially reinforced at the tip for this piercing."
True. Folks, here we have one of the few jewels in the good doctor's ranting. If you're having casual sex with multiple partners, you need to be extra careful. You may as well be extra careful anyway you're having sex. AIDS sucks, and so do syphillis and gonnorhea.

What are the side effects associated with tongue piercing?

Dr. Drew: "Without a doubt, you'll experience a change in sensation, or at the very least difficulty moving your tongue, which can cause a speech impediment. "
True, for the first week or so. After that, you should be able to down-size the piercing. Here is the APP's official stance on the issue:
"Highly suggested for optimal safety is to replace the initial jewelry (which has some extra room to allow for the usual amount of initial swelling) with a snugger piece which fits closer to the body. There is then less chance of contacting the jewelry with the teeth and other oral structures. Also, balls made of acrylic can be worn inside the mouth to minimize risk of damage to the teeth. Further, a smaller ball can be worn on the underside of the tongue to reduce contact with the sublingual portion of the oral cavity. These and other precautions can be taken which bring risk of getting and wearing oral piercings to a negligible level. "
The burden is on the piercee to choose a professional, skilled piercer. The burden is on the piercer to educate the piercee about aftercare and to refuse to pierce tongues where the piercing can or will present a significant risk to the piercee. The burden is on the piercee to accept that.
Dr. Drew: "You could do nerve damage, chip your teeth, have problems with uncontrolled bleeding and, from what I've seen, tongue piercings are more prone to infection. "
True, you could. However, if you take the proper precautions as mentioned above, you have the jewelry sized properly and take proper care of the piercing, your risks are minimized.
Dr. Drew: "When it comes to tongue piercing, I'm most concerned about the possibility of it hitting the lingual artery, a significant artery that runs through the tongue. If this artery is nicked during the piercing, it could swell up and block the airway and, ultimately, kill someone. Yet, in spite of all these concerns, I've seen very few serious complications. Most of the common problems associated with tongue piercing can be easily treated and cured."
More scare tactics. You could die. Especially if you try to pierce your own tongue, penis or chest. That's why we call them professional piercers. They do this for a living, they've had training, they have your best interests at heart. If they don't, you should be looking for someone else.

What are behaviors as an adult for someone who was abused as a child?

Dr. Drew: "Anti-social behavior. Obviously, if somebody has been dealt with in a painful way by their parents, all of society, as represented by the parents, becomes a source of disdain and hostility. These are often the people who tend to have extensive tattooing and what I call aggressive piercings, such as piercing of the genitalia."
But ... Dr. Drew assumes the opposite as well. In his opinion, "almost without exception, there is a history of some sort of abuse and getting this type of piercing is a way of acting out". I refute this charactarization from personal experience, and I'm sure I'm not alone.

Even if it is true ... Dr. Drew assumes that piercings and tattooing are exhibitions of anti-social behavior. Anti-norm, perhaps. Anti-conformist, definitely. But we're now at a point where there is a mature culture surrounding the activities of piercing and tattooing. We have conventions, we talk to each other, we have Web sites. We are here to stay.

There you have it folks, my opinion. Agree, disagree? Let me know!

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