IN A world where beauty is being objectified, plastic surgery has been an option for men and women who want to meet the “standards of beauty”.
Living in the world where being constantly informed on how to look great and on how to get the treatment we want from other people base on physical appearance is not easy.
Media are often blamed for setting the objective standards beauty from movies, TV programs, commercials and magazines; beauty is being objectified.
Beauty pageants for men and women also influence the society on how to label someone as beautiful or not.
These standards that these industries are promoting make a lot of people dissatisfied of what they have.
What makes people attracted toward such limited notions of beauty from the media? And in terms of beauty pageants, what does the winner have that the others don't? And the most important question of all is that why is being beautiful not being strong, smart, compassionate, honest, creative, trustworthy, funny and kind-hearted?
Most people really don’t bother to reflect on those sensible questions because they are blinded of what is the media and those beauty pageants are giving them.
A lot of people hated themselves on why they don’t look like the models in the magazines, celebrities and the beauty queens and kings. They want to acquire what these beautiful men and women have physically in order to be accepted, loved and rightfully treated in the society.
More people adopt the ideology that what really matters in life is to be beautiful. As a result, they are willing to go under the knife, in the pursuit of becoming a beautiful creature.
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) scientists report in the October 2007 issue of the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, “Forty-eight percent of women surveyed said they would be interested in plastic surgery, liposuction or both, and another 23 percent said they would possibly be interested. Among men, 23 percent said they would be interested in surgery, with 17 percent expressing possible interest”.
Through plastic surgery everything is possible in terms of physical appearance that’s why women nowadays go to plastic surgery clinics.
Surgery is more common today than ever before, and there will come a time that getting a plastic surgery is just buying an expensive car. This means that getting plastic surgery will not be as confidential and considered as a usual thing to do in our country.
Many people aspire to look like those people they consider beautiful, and even the media also increased awareness of surgical procedures that opened the minds of the people to the idea.
Numerous celebrities who openly admitted that they have undergone plastic surgery to improve their bodies somehow encourage people to do the same thing.
In fact, even people who don’t have much in life are considering it as an option for them. These people will save and save in order to meet the high standards of beauty. They wanted their bodies to look like their celebrity idols, beauty queens and kings and models in magazines.
People want to look good, be accepted, loved and rightfully treated in the society. The reality is a lot of people believe that an individual must be beautiful in order to acquire what he or she wants.
If objectification of beauty will continue in the media and in beauty pageants, and if the ideology of the society about beauty will continue, more people will be getting plastic surgery as if it is just another ordinary next-door procedure. (Hanna Mae Salcedo)
Sunday Essays are articles written by students of Ateneo de Davao University for their journalism class.