Lecture Notes (4-21-09) - Plastic Surgery as New Social...

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Plastic Surgery as New Social Issue Andrea Dworkin Quotation on how every part of a woman’s body is modified or altered Plastic Surgery Permeates Our Culture: Extreme Makeover Dr. 90210 MTV’s—I want a Famous Face—to look more like Brad Pitt, Elvis, or Britney Spears… Magazines—“plastic surgery watching” Ex: New Beauty, People, US, etc. Social Categories—Race, Class, and Gender Typically—this has been the purview of wealthy, white females. 90% of plastic surgery patients are women, mostly Caucasian Media Continues: Class Issues—increased awareness/accessibility
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Unformatted text preview: • Increase in advertising—LA Weekly, Los Angeles… • Financing available, credit cards—plastic surgery no longer the realm of the rich. • One- third now have an income less than $33,000 a year What’s the impact of all this media exposure? • All this attention has caused a dramatic rise in plastic surgery procedures— • 1994- 500,000 cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. • 2004- 11.9 MILLION procedures • American Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery My Film… • Made Over in America—explores the idea of transformation through plastic surgery...
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