View Full Version : plastic surgery for women (as opposed to men)
02-12-2004, 05:11 PM
krome compared, in another thread, plastic surgery to the practice of foot-binding during the Song Dynasty in China.
is plastic surgery today akin to foot binding? and along the same lines - is plastic surgery for women different from plastic surgery for men? and in asking this - i'm really just trying to get at the reasons behind why they would get plastic surgery as opposed to the reasons behind why men would get it. even if both genders get it to improve their physical appearance, is there more pressure placed on one gender than the other to look better?
women need to have beauty. men need to have money. i think that's the way our superficial society works.
02-12-2004, 05:22 PM
There is quite a bit of pressure on women to look more and more attractive. Just take a look at the commercials on television. Many times you will see an attracive woman paired with a dumpy slob. Cosmetics, perms, fake nails, all these marketed practically exclusive to women. Ads I see in magazines & television for plastic surgery always use the image of a woman.
As for foot binding being akin to plastic surgery, I would say I can see that up to a point, however it seems to me that foot binding was more of a societal institution used to display class as much as it was to increase the attractiveness of the woman binding her feet.
02-12-2004, 06:02 PM
As for foot binding being akin to plastic surgery, I would say I can see that up to a point, however it seems to me that foot binding was more of a societal institution used to display class as much as it was to increase the attractiveness of the woman binding her feet.And, essentially, a byproduct of the binding was debilitation. We don't really have an equivalent...except for the temporary "handicapping" that comes along with wearing high heels (and I've seen women run fast in heels).
I think plastic surgery is silly for the most part, but at least debilitation isn't a standard feature of the process.
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