I’ve been fascinated with earrings for along as I can remember, starting as a small child and staring at my mom’s and favorite aunt’s earrings - clip or screw back at the time (I’m an OF!) Then, in grade school, reading National Geographic, I learned that in some locations and cultures, men also wore earrings. It was about then that I became aware of the practice of piercing ears, though I didn’t know or understand the details. In my college years, mid 60’s, girls were piercing their ears regularly, but I was a nerdy and heavily loaded (academically) engineering student, so I did not have much of a social life to interact with girls and learn more.
Out of college in the early 70’s, a now long-gone girlfriend actually asked if she could pierce my ears. I was delighted with the notion, but my job involved close interaction with the military and I doubted the look would have been accepted, so I declined. But she somehow planted a seed.
I’m recently retired, so job considerations are no longer a matter. But my dear wife is definitely not a fan of men with earrings. Were it not for her feelings, I would have mine done in a half a heartbeat.
To those of you who do pull off the style, clip ons or pierced - good for you, and I’m a little envious.