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Mike Harvkey

The swift acceptance of plastic surgery in our culture has actually surprised me. Gone from beauty magazines are articles questioning, even a little, a woman's desire for these procedures. A few years ago there seemed to be at least some cursory discussion of this trend; that seems to have just dried up. It is what it is. Women continue to strive for a "beauty" standard created in magazines with the use of Photoshop - i.e. an impossibility - without questioning it at all. And in most cases, it seems, the end result is obvious, awkward, ugly. This is beauty? A woman who can't close her mouth? A bosom like a bouncy castle? I find the whole thing sad and disturbing.

Susan Toepfer

I think the swift acceptance of plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures can be traced to the baby boomers, that huge number of people trying to fight back years. Also, frankly, today's surgeries are a lot better than those of 20 years ago.

I really don't care what people do or don't do to their faces--it's an individual choice, and a lot of people, let's call them women, are under a lot of pressure in the corporate realm to look younger than they are.

What does worry me is that you need money to do this stuff, and therefore looking young--or achieving some ridiculous standard of beauty--becomes another class distinction.


What I've noticed living in Los Angeles (and spending time in NYC as well) is that among some folks beauty is about obviously looking "worked on" rather than looking like a particularly blessed swimmer in the gene pool. Sex doll lips, perpetually-surprised eyes, blindingly-blonde hair, breasts that enter the room five minutes before the person who's wearing them are all de riguer. Most interesting though is over time, as these people get more and more procedures done, they all end up looking eerily alike.

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