Originally Posted by Edward Appleby
What I imagine Rome was implying is that plastic surgery is popular because there is an increasing singular notion of beauty and attractiveness in American culture.
I would think quite the contrary -- that the diversity of cultures leads to a much broader sense of what is considered attractive. As much as the fashion industry and celebrity culture is assaulted for promoting unrealistic, idealized standards of beauty, it seems to me that in the last 20 years, there has been a significant broadening of what's considered attractive. Hardly a week goes by that I don't see some fashion magazine featuring a model who in another time might have been considered too pale, too dark, too full-lipped, too scrawny, too heavy, too chesty, too flat-chested, too freckled, too swarthy, too bald, too 'ethnic'...
It seems that Benetton was a leading promoter of 'world beauty' years ago -- if not the first, certainly one of the most prominent to the average consumer. I think Ralph Lauren also was pretty revolutionary in featuring the dark-skinned, full-lipped black/Asian Tyson Beckford so prominently in his advertising -- that's particularly interesting, given RL's strongly european-rooted brand image.
Anyway, as far as surgery is concerned, if it's relatively safe and helps you feel better about yourself, why not? Though I think if there's any way someone can possibly learn to love themselves and feel good about themselves just as they are, they will have learned invaluable emotional/psychological lessons from the journey. Easier said than done, but not impossible.