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Cosmetic Surgery For Everyone!

August 16th, 2007     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

If you’ve been feeling concerned about the lack of accessibility in the plastic surgery industry  due to high costs you can rest easy.

This  New York Times article argues that getting your body and face altered is no longer just for the rich and famous. Now that people see cosmetic surgery as a normal luxury item, much like a car, they are apparently willing to borrow money to finance their physical alterations.

As one company set up specifically for this purpose states, “Absolutely no one will be turned down. Now you can finance your cosmetic procedure for as little as $99 down and $99 per month.” How awesome is that!!!???

A plastic surgeon who is writing a book about the economics of plastic surgery says, “In a bosom-obsessed society where you think you can earn $20,000 more with bigger breasts, is it insane to consider taking out a loan to have surgery? The demographic is teachers, law enforcement officers and stay-at-home moms.”

 I know most people are well aware of our societies emphasis on/obsession with objectifying women but this article really, really pissed me off. I naively thought that the NY Times was a thoughtful media outlet. But this article reads more like a factual description or a thinly veiled ad for the cosmetic surgery industry than anything else. In this 1500 word piece a total of 173 words are used to explore the possibility of there being anything worrying about this. And none of these concerns have anything to do with why people are willing to go into debt for a face-lift in the first place.

I really try not to judge people on an individual level around plastic surgery. How can I know what it feels like to live in that body and what it takes for that person to feel good about themselves? But I don’t hesitate to voice my horror at a society that works so hard to undermine any shred of self-worth we may feel and presents aggressive surgery as a sensible, positive solution to any body image issues one may have.

Should we be celebrating this as a victory for the working people of North America? Does this level the playing field? Or am I justifiably upset?

Tags: body politics, in my opinion...

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