Can you be a feminist and get Breast Implants?
26 June 2014Feminism – like Cosmetic Surgery – can be a controversial issue. And while these topics naturally go hand-in-hand, it’s a completely different story when the two worlds collide. Is it acceptable for a feminist to undertake a Cosmetic Surgical procedure, or is this a taboo subject to be brushed under the carpet - away from the public eye?One such feminist dared to defy conventions, and underwent Cosmetic Surgery – opting to have Breast Implants. Author of eBook ‘The Boob Job Bible’, beauty journalist Grace Gold decided to share her experience with other women interested in Breast Augmentation. Damned if you do – damned if you don’t Gold highlights the hypocrisy expressed by society when women choose to undergo a permanent procedure as opposed to having several temporary measures. “Cosmetics and hair colour are more accepted without nearly as much rebuke, but can be just as transformative as cosmetic surgery,” she says. “And yet when you literally boil it down, why is getting a lip injection so much more inane than creating a new lip shape with pencil liner and plumping lipgloss? Why does society get to determine the line between ‘totally okay’ and ‘too much!’ instead of the woman whose face or body we are talking about?” However, she highlights the worries faced with publishing her Surgical experience with the rest of the world – expressing concern that should a prospective employer stumble upon her work via a detailed breakdown of her Breast Augmentation, would she be “perceived as less intelligent, superficial and insecure – and even a victim of patriarchy?” When social shaming should be about social support While it’s already a life-changing decision to make when opting for Cosmetic Surgery, there’s another onus on the patient – and that’s to independently do the research from start to finish. Yet there are setbacks in this approach; with many Doctors claiming to hold the appropriate qualifications, while various legislations can hinder a patient’s recovery should their Surgery go wrong. “There is no public empathy or advocacy for the cosmetic surgery patient,” Gold says. “When something consistently goes wrong in other areas of medicine or on the consumer market, there’s a big outcry, and regulations are passed to protect the patient and buyer. Yet when the worst possible scenario happens to someone getting liposuction or a butt lift, it’s all too common to hear people essentially say, ‘She got what was coming to her’.” This is why Gold feels that it’s her duty to use her feminist values in speaking up about Cosmetic Surgery. By keeping quiet about Cosmetic Surgery, it only adds to the stigma of what is considered by many as a sordid procedure. Through raising awareness about Cosmetic Surgery, not only can we discard the social shaming that is usually associated with this issue – but we can also make standards safer for those who choose to go through with it. Do you agree with Grace? Or do you oppose her view? Vote now on Twitter.