Comment: Ear-piercing for children is an abuse

Comment: A DEBATE is currently raging both here and overseas that I find fascinating.

The debate revolves around whether or not the practice of ear-piercing for babies and toddlers should be banned.

More than 30,000 people have signed a petition in Britain to try to stop the practice and that has ignited debate in this country.

I personally don't like the practice.

I think until the child asks for it to be done, it's probably better to wait rather than doing it just for fashion's sake.

I can't imagine having a little girl, a perfect little baby, and thinking, 'I know what would make her cuter - some earrings!'

Some women say that it's their child - if they want to do get their child's ears pierced, they will do it.

What a hollow argument. Being a parent does not entitle one to inflict pain or abuse on their child, so why should a permanent body modification be any different?

Women are scrutinised so much for their appearance, for being trendsetters, for accessories - you need only look at a newspaper or magazine to see that.

Even former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was scrutinised for what she wore rather than what her policies were.

Surely, instead of opening our girls up to that very superficial world, we could just let them enjoy being babies.



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