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Aug. 13th, 2008 | 11:47 am
mood: annoyed annoyed

Hey All,
Thought I'd bring up the ever popular subject in mainstream culture of plastic surgery. Everyone has their own opinions on the matter, and most are fairly positive. Further still, you have those who want nothing to do with it, but change their minds as soon as they see their facial features changing.
Certainly many are tempted, with almost the same convenience of snagging a quick impulse-buy tattoo, when people can receive many nips and tucks with the ease of little recovery time(for some operations and injections).
I can remember more books on the shelves as a child that had an ongoing theme of self assurance and confidence, no matter what people thought of your looks. This is rarely presented, let alone pushed to the youth of this decade. After all, that would not allow people to sell everything from Bratz Dolls to future teen purchases if they made that mistake.
Permissive, casual parents of my age range, as if cast in some Twilight Zone episode written by Rod Serling, offer to buy their daughters larger breasts, rather than a car,'because it was cheaper'. Were these the people I avoided in high school/college because they thought tanning beds didn't cause cancer? The vacuously pampered students who looked with confusion at anyone who dressed differently, or read books of their own volition?
'You are special no matter how you look-it's what is on the inside that counts', is toted more so when someone is promoting their plus sized line of clothing, but rejected when someone wants to carve their outside in the fashion of the opposite gender. Or, why even choose a gender, when we have the complete control to do whatever we want with our bodies, as if they are clay, and nothing more anyway?
Books like,'My Beautiful Mommy', written by a plastic surgeon for Moms who wanted to undergo surgeries explained how great it is that their parents are altering their appearances, due to their low self image and desire to people please.(This book is completely real, go check it out on Amazon.com)
Below are some choice images that I think sum up the new standards of beauty pushed and touted by so many. If I was a child seeing these things, and my parents never explained I ever had a choice to reject it, and this was not normal, I do not know what I would make of altering one's flesh so easily...
The word,"tolerance", is thrown around, almost as irksomely as,'Don't judge', yet here is our modern world, not capable of tolerating themselves, as they are.
Fixing a deformity is one thing, but is it really so bad, growing and living our lives without interfering with our exterior bodies in the name of improving self image? Thing is, a mind is far more important to fix, yet greatly ignored.

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Lieutenant Murnau

From: ltmurnau
Date: Aug. 13th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)

You didn't post any images, but I think I know what you had in mind.

IMO American culture (and to a lesser degree any culture influenced by it, like my own) is a vacuous, superficial, essentially sick society, obsessed with the form of things and their presentation, and based on the dreary banality that "you never have a second chance to make a first impression". What else could you expect when the values of hucksterism and downright flim-flammery are raised to the status of Home Truths, and anyone who differs is not only Not One Of Us, they are a positive threat to Us.

And yet, Americans still have the freedom to avoid this kind of crap and think, live, dream for themselves as they are. As you do. It's amazing, and that's why I respect your only-half-pathological country!

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Hey Lt. !


From: eno
Date: Aug. 14th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)

Great to hear from you again!
Sorry about the lack of pics-I just corrected that(behind cut). There are tons of celeb pics online who have had way too much, or needless surgery, but I figured I would limit it to 3 pics only for now.
Thanks for your kind words, although you and I are most likely not alone. I am sure, if there was a website, or some such, celebrating people who have never, and never intend to get any surgery, many people would join and comment.(forming an idea!)
It's so much more than wanting to influence looks, it consumerism run amok-since the plastic surgery companies/surgeons really are on the map financially now.
Man, I could rant all day on the subject, but I shall be kind and chill. ;)

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From: sam_tom_sam
Date: Aug. 14th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)

I quite agree with you. It's almost as bad in England now - I recently saw a TV show about parents who bought their 16-year-old daughter breast implants, because she had gone on a crash diet and, surprise surprise, her breasts had shrunk!

I think parents have a duty not to encourage the mistaken belief that changing your body isn't the same as changing yourself - you might feel more confident as first but at the end of the day, your new self-love is based on very shaky foundations, i.e. what others think of your looks.

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Thanks for your voice in the matter my friend...


From: eno
Date: Aug. 21st, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)

Agreed. I can imagine that it is indeed almost as bad there, even though I can recall a time when it was more rare.
I also lament seeing people like poor Pete Burns carving up his face even half as much as he has in recent years. I refuse to believe that he would have been that horrible looking of an older man anyway. His genes didn't seem all that ghastly!
I guess the most puzzling thing, is when many extremes are made(see photos), and the people look in the mirror and assume they are totally great and/or normal looking now. But the truth is, to most ordinary humans, they look like clay masks or strange, spitting image puppets of themselves. I will never understand how they cannot see this.
And, since when did parents become so blind to the psychological effects they have on their children by advocating such insanity standards?

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Plastic Surgery

From: antiquated05
Date: Aug. 17th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)

Bravo Nat ! We should be content with what God gave us, unless,as you said, it is for a deformity. Thanks! mike

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Re: Plastic Surgery


From: eno
Date: Aug. 21st, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)

Thank you Mike, good to see you too.
Truly, what a slap in the face to your Creator when you attempt to 'perfect' what was given to you. (And of course I am not speaking of people who have any physical issue where they cannot eat, speak or use their faces in a normal way-they are totally different category which actually warrants surgery's aid)
As for age, we age and show signs of this for so many real, good and true reasons. We are not born to be 'sex symbols', but instead, human beings, flawed and challenging and beautiful in the little differences.
Age is supposed to be able a representation of where you have been, your experiences, and in a proper society, a way for the youth to learn about where they came from, and how to live wisely.
Finally, there is an advert for men's hair color where his two daughters(looking about ages 10 and younger) sheepishly bring their paper-reading father a box of hair color and and say,'Dad...it's time...Pleasssse?' Then later, he lands a date with some woman, with the little girls hiding and watching, triumphantly saying,'Yes!'
What in blue blazes of a message does this send to both older Dads and female children?? That Dad is only worthy of a new Mommy is he looks younger? That if he has darker hair he is more likable???? That he is ugly to them, and other adult women? Dare we attempt to say Dad is fine the way he is today, at this very moment? Is that so awful? It is beyond sick. Or worse, people buy into this mentality with fist fulls of real interest. Astounding.
Thanks for the input Mike!
P.s. I am telling you, I am soooo tempted to make a 'Fine as I am', group here on LJ for people to sign a sort of oath to never buy into the junk this culture is feeding them via plastic surgery revisions.

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From: anonymous
Date: Jan. 17th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)

Nice one! If I could write like this I would be well chuffed. The more I read articles of such quality as this (which is rare), the more I think there might be a future for the Net. Keep it up, as it were.

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