After reading the article, ” China Cosmetic Surgery Craze ” by Jonathon Watts, I was reminded of the pressure I felt as a young teenage to alter my body in order to be accepted. Now see in China, there are requirements that one must be a certain height in order to obtain certain career and that many people are risking cosmetic surgery to be tall for a good promising career. Isn’t it bad enough the media pushes mainly women to alter their appearance to be beautiful or accepted. Just from magazine and here say from my peers ( some adults too ), I, at the tender age of 11, wanted so badly to have surgery because I was told that if your knocked knees the world will find you unattractive. I was told that men like bowed legged women and no one would marry me. I begin inquiring if it was possible to have it surgical changed or fixed cause I didn’t want to be the ugly duckling. For me, it wasn’t worth the cost or the pain and I didn’t want to risk any possible mishap that could happen after surgery. Although my legs fill out and the knocked kneed issues over, still I often wonder if I had the money would I have done the surgery just to fit in? Would I have paid for surgery in order to fit in society? To be accepted. To gain a better career. To be in a magazine photo shoot? It seems that because we have the available tools and knowledge to alter our appearance, it becoming more important than actual education itself. So now children not only have to worry about education but they also (depending on demographics) are imposed with worrying about if surgery is needed to alter themselves. My nose is not normal or I’m too short to fit in? Is this going to be our future, a future where no one looks like they were genetically born? What happen to us just accepting who we are, enhancing who we are without the surgery? It seems we now use short cuts and use extreme methods to be what society calls BEAUTIFUL! I was always was told true beauty is best but maybe that has changed.
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