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Sex: Male
Type of clothing: Accessories
When it was popular: 1984
Description: left you're straight; right you're gay
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Rosie H.Weinstein - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
Earrings on guys now that was a hot trend back in the 80s. The first guy with his left ear pierced was John Waite remember in the Missing You video you guys. Now that was freaking sexy.
80sfan - December 19, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh man this was a big trend in the 80's and it lasted up until the early-mid 90's, you hardly see guys wearing earrings now, well...dangle and loop kinds lol, the 80's was a time for major change and many taboos broken.
Colleen - January 10, 2009 - Report this comment
What was with the hanging cross earrings back then?
80sfan - January 11, 2009 - Report this comment
it was just a random trend, like most trends they just pop out of no where lol.
Eric Spector - February 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I saw thoses. But I wish I coudl wear them I'm not gettign my ears pieced.
WHITE MOFO - June 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Megan - July 31, 2009 - Report this comment
Back then it was are they a "right" ear or "left" ear and now men can wear earrings just like women can in both ears...that myth went out with the times.
Jan Griffiths - February 13, 2010 - Report this comment
That myth is still around, at least where I live.(Northern Arizona). I think guys look good with earrings, but my husband won't let me pierce his ear.
Jesse - April 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I got my left ear pierced in 87 for my 13th birthday. Everyone thought it was awesome at the time. Around 96-97 I started getting more holes in that ear and I got one in my right since by that point guys with both ears pierced were already a common sight.
Dean - December 21, 2010 - Report this comment
Yep, the guys-with-earrings thing started in the 80s, about the same time girls started wearing asymmetric and mismatched earrings. First, you'd see guys with just one earring, with one side supposedly meaning you were gay. After a while, people forgot all that and just did whatever they wanted - multiple piercings, ear cuffs, painful parts of the ear pierced, etc. The first guy I knew who had a pierced ear was a postpunk kinda guy who liked to wear a razor blade on a chain in one ear. And our high school choir director in the early 80s always made guys remove their earrings for performances, even though they were so small you couldn't see them from the audience.
Lisa Koffler - January 14, 2011 - Report this comment
Seeing guys wearing earrings shocked me, but I got used to it. I was told the right ear was gay and the left ear was cool! Is that still true today?
Rick Stevens - April 27, 2013 - Report this comment
Does anybody know where i can get a hanging cross earring ?
Lex - October 19, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember that there was a rule about the left ear = straight, right ear = gay, that was definitely mentioned a few times. But, it was not a strict rule. However, it influenced my decision. So, my first earring was in the left. But, the rule didn't stick, because by 1984, both my ears had multiple ear piercings. Then add ear cuffs… remember those? Of course, I had rings, necklaces, bracelets, and wore whatever I thought was cool for me. I didn't give a crap what others thought, and really neither did anyone else. I also wore eye-liner, dyed my hair black, wore boots and my leather jacket went with me where ever I went, despite the weather. I still have my old leather motorcycle jacket, a Vandals t-shirt and a Siouxsie and the_Banshees t-shirt.
Lisabeth - November 18, 2014 - Report this comment
Yep, the saying for the left ear = straight & right ear = gay was "left is right, and right is wrong". Anyone else wish life was as fun & simple as I remember it being back in the 80's. I would not want to be a teen growing up was so much easier back then without all the social media that's out there now, you know back when you actually called people & talked to them on the phone.
Samson - January 11, 2015 - Report this comment
Very much indeed am at the age of 46 now, and i have come to likes earrings as well braiding my hair, i am now with 4 holes in my ear, i love womens who wears more earings in each ear at ago. Yea i love wearing drops and dangles even hoops, thats why i say my choice my style.
JT - June 06, 2016 - Report this comment
Yeah, I was part of the whole "left ear straight, right ear gay" thing in the mid 80's. Pierced my left ear in 1986 at age of 21 and wore one for a few years. Took it out for a while then got the desire at 40 to wear an earring again. By now (2005) both ears pierced on guys was more popular but I was worried what people would think of my having both ears pierced. Turned 50 last year and don't give a crap what people think so I pierced my right ear and wear earrings in both ears now.
dR. aCe - March 28, 2018 - Report this comment
The phrase I remember for guys’ earrings was “Left is right and right is wrong.”!
Jan Griffiths - September 02, 2019 - Report this comment
My husband finally wanted his left ear pierced, and I was more than happy to do it. He's had it for about 2 years now, and has stretched to a 14 gauge. He likes to go through my body jewelry drawer to choose other pieces he'd like to wear.

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