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Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Very Real Issue

Hi All! It's been awhile since my last post.

I recently came across a Time Magazine article on the dominance of plastic surgery in Asia, and it has compelled me to do the least bit that I can, which is post a blog on this topic so that more people can become aware.

If you have time, I really encourage you to take a look at the article as well as click on the photo gallery and graphics to the left.

In short, the article talks about how more and more women in Asia, and even some men, are resorting to go under the knife because of all the societal pressure. It is to a point where many of these people's lives are so heavily correlated to appearance, that they feel it is not purely out of vanity, but it is a necessity to change the way they look. In the article, people are denied jobs due to their appearance. Many jobs we take for granted here in the U.S. that have really no relevance to looks have an appearance and height requirement in Asia. It's absolutely ridiculous! The article points out that:

"The culturally loaded issue today is the number of Asians looking to remake themselves to look more Caucasian. It's a charge many deny, although few would argue that under the relentless bombardment of Hollywood, satellite TV, and Madison Avenue, Asia's aesthetic ideal has changed drastically... Asians are increasingly asking their surgeons for wider eyes, longer noses and fuller breasts—features not typical of the race."

Sure, these features may be pleasant to look at, but that doesn't automatically make people who lack these features ugly. In the Time article, people who lack these features are almost treated sub-human. Their standards are absurd! Asians look a certain way for a reason. It's what make Asians distinctly Asian. Why subjugate Asian women to despise what mother-nature intended?

Big eyes, small eyes, tall, short, full breasts, small breasts, these are all features that are uniquely beautiful in their own way. Why should everyone have to adhere to a single standard of beauty. No one should have to be made to feel horrible about themselves because they weren't born with certain physical attributes in life. What do you think?

I am all for genetic diversity!


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At March 12, 2009 at 8:05 AM , Blogger Nazarina A said...

This is a great article! "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is that not how the saying goes? Oh! oh! there goes Asia straight into a black hole of superfluity, vanity etc....

At March 12, 2009 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-I'm all for the natural look, I personally would not have surgery, but each to their own I suppose!

At March 12, 2009 at 2:03 PM , Blogger Juliet said...

People have strange power to change the way the look. And as we are strange we use it.

juliet xxx

At March 16, 2009 at 2:37 PM , Blogger Laroux said...

It's horrible that whole races should want to change to resemble a different culture. Everyone is beautiful and it saddens me that globalisation should make people think that one ethnicity is more beautiful than another.



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