Cosmetic surgery. Technologies of the Gendered Body Week 12. What is cosmetic surgery?. (Healthcare Commission 2004: 12)
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“[…] operations and other procedures that revise or change the appearance, colour, texture, structure or position of bodily features, which most would consider otherwise to be within the broad range of ‘normal’ for that person.”
“This year, we have recorded a dramatic rise in a number of male surgical procedures, probably due to heightened media attention, which has allowed men to realise the positive outcomes that can be achieved. The continued popularity of brow lifts and eyelid surgery may mean that patients still keen to have rejuvenating treatments despite the recession, are choosing more cost-effective measures such as targeting one particular feature, rather than having a whole facelift.”
“Those considering an aesthetic surgery should always be aware that no procedure is without risk. When performed under the right circumstances, cosmetic surgery can have a positive psychological impact and improve quality of life.”
Decisions are undoubtedly shaped by ideas about what constitutes beauty / the measuring of women’s value by their appearance. But…
“[…] to portray the women I talked to as cultural dupes, as passively submitting to the demands of beauty, is to misrepresent them badly. A more appropriate image, I would suggest, is to present them as savvy cultural negotiators, attempting to make out as best they can within a culture that limits their options.” (Gimlin 2002: 106)
Racial / ethnic surgeries – makes us uneasy socially / culturally in a way that other surgeries do not.
Surgery on people with Down’s Syndrome (see Davis 2003: Epilogue):
“This particular case made me stop thinking about the people who have cosmetic surgery or the practitioners who perform it or even the media that promote it and, instead, to start wondering why the world I live in prefers to disguise difference rather than confront it.” (Davis 2003: 143)
Surgery is growing in popularity, but remains controversial.
Feminists such as Debra Gimlin and Kathy Davis have argued against outright rejection of cosmetic surgery, however problematic it is. Instead, they suggest that we should see surgery as a dilemma for women, and as a means of negotiating identity.
Those undergoing surgery are aiming to be “normal”, not beautiful.
Surgery can be understood as the attempt to eradicate difference – this reflects (and potentially problematises) the ways we conceptualise “others”