‘The poor have the right to be beautiful’: cosmetic surgery in neoliberal Brazil. Just by reading that title alone, I was curious to read what Edmonds had to say.
In Brazil plastica is known as plastic surgery, and is extremely common.
It seems to be that the only cure for low self-esteem is to modify your body with plastic surgery. Even as young as 17 year olds want to correct themselves, such as Denise who had wanted the breast reduction. The doctor was first against the procedure, but when her mother said it caused her back pain and then added that her daughters self-esteem was low, the doctor chose to go ahead with the procedure. What persuaded him was the low self-esteem, not the fact that it caused her back pain. His reasoning was very blunt and was very unexpecting to me. He stated, ‘She is not pretty, she has low self-esteem, and she’s poor. She has no access to physiotherapy, to gyms, to nutritional guidance. And do you think she’s going to lose weight? The reason we operate is not because of her back. Her principal illness is poverty’. With people being so judgmental like that, of course there going feel the urge to fix themselves. A big part in what aids most people, not only in Brazil, but in any country to seek out ‘plastica’, is the influence of media and society. Surgeons wont push away clients because they’re looking for business and use ads such as, ‘raise your breast and your self-esteem’ . . . so, if your breasts aren’t raised that automatically gives you low self-esteem? They try to pin point problems that they know are common in women, especially women after having a child.
Also, having plastic surgery will not only raise your self-esteem but would also help you out when getting a job. As much as I’d hate to believe that, it’s almost true. Everything these days seem to be based on looks. People are always being compared and trying to reach ‘perfection’ in their looks. Like in Brazil, where women are known to have small waists with larges hips and buttocks, and if they don’t obtain these features, they want to get them to fit the Brazilian standard. I think people need to stop comparing themselves to everyone else and look at the positives and not the negatives with in themselves.
After that being stated this might sound a little controversial, but I do have to say that I agree plastic surgery would boost your confidence and self-esteem in certain situations, BUT sometimes it takes more than a quick fix to alter what you feel psychologically.