– Mother gives you the birth (life) while doctor gives your face and body –

This week’s reading is about body image and how plastic surgery (how it becomes public service in Brazile by psychological reason.). I was really connected with this week’s reading because cosmetic surgery is really universal thing in my home town (NY times had article about it 5days ago: ). Not only Korea but also whole Asia is pretty famous with cosmetic surgery. Moreover, most of Korean I know, done some surgery or shot. For example, Eyelid surgery is really common and some of them did nose. One of my friends told me she was so scared about nose-job she took a shot on her nose instead of surgery. Also there are people done some liposuction on their belly and went all the way to Hong-Kong to get her breast done. After reading I can’t stop thinking about why so many people want to do plastic surgery. Some of plastic surgery can be dangerous and also it cost a lot more than people are thinking. In the reading it said about self-esteem. And because of that how doctors start making joke about ‘what’ is the difference between a psychoanalyst and a plastic surgeon? The psychoanalyst knows everything but changes nothing. The plastic surgeon knows nothing but changes everything’ and a lot of Korean joke as ‘Mother gives you the birth (life) while doctor gives your face and body.’ Is these jokes are true? I am afraid to say it but yes! Yes it is. Why they are getting these surgery according to reading some people want to do it because of their self-esteem and some said to get a job. Also in the reading, some people getting surgery to get a job. (Alexander Edmonds 366,369pg) It seems like everything is depending on looks. But how they know which one is beautiful and which one is not? To me it’s Media. Each part of media portrays ‘ideal beauty’. And we think the ‘ideal beauty’ by media is perfect. Media is not just projecting ‘ideal beauty’. Media also visualized ‘ideal beauty’ as hierarchies and it also projects becoming beautiful means rich and powerful. However media does not show there is a class barrier hide behind the ‘ideal beauty’. People starts compare themselves to ‘ideal beauty’ and wish to become rich, powerful and beautiful like one of them. Plastic surgery can give people the look of ‘ideal beauty’ but it can’t over their self-esteem and class barriers (rich and powerful people).


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  1. eunyoungcho

    As a korean, I totally agree with your response. The Ideal beauty has greatly affected Korean ladies to do plastic surgery for social reasons mainly. Now days people do plastic surgery to get jobs to make their spec look “PERFECT.” It is extremely wrong that many Korean adults think people graduated from top ranked university are valued and those who have not earned degrees or attended colleges in sub-urban area are valued as labors. This made lots of people to do plastic surgeries to cover their lacking spec(resume). This is one of the major reasons leading highest suicide rate in South Korea.

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