The fad of “gauging out” your child’s ear is being called a violation of your children’s rights and just pure abuse by child advocates who say that “forcibly deforming your child for life through a torture sessions to get you time in the county jail.” Practical Parenting Magazine defends this act by saying in their magazine: “You get a twist on the classic toddler’s ear piercing, while introducing your child to ethnic and cultural diversity with a stretched lobe. This fashion accessory is not just for Third World countries anymore. Now your child can look just as hip with it as the children you see in National Geographic Magazine. It’s fashion forward, and practical. With the added extra holes in your child’s ears, your toddler will appear more tough than the other toddlers in its preschool, ensuring it never gets picked on or bullied for appearing to ‘wussy’.”
But again, child advocacy groups say this is obvious child abuse. They suggest that the parents and the shop owners should be held responsible and locked away. They say the children should be placed in protective custody, in a loving and caring home where they will never have to worry about being hurt, tortured and deformed for life. They are also suggesting the parents should be sterilized so they cannot reproduce in the future.
For now, “gauging out” your toddler’s ears is still legal. There are no laws against this practice and it remains the parents right to choose whether or not their child has the modification done to their lobes.