And I'm back. Y'see I had an errand to run, and before I could go, I had to shower, shave my legs, fix my hair, put on some "bondo", (face make-up) and then because I shaved my legs, I had to put on lotion (and only Victoria's Secret will do of course--I'm particularly fond of the "pear" scent) a bit of musk, and I was almost good to go. I had to change out my purse to match my shoes, and then--THEN I ran an errand.
Ridiculous, ain't it?
But it's all part of the "show biz" of our life. Like it or not, people, all people have prejudice. Anyone who has ever applied for a job understands that we package ourselves. Our appearance is our advertisement. (We do, of course, have to follow up that promise with a PRODUCT though.)
I understand, and agree, that the mentioned show is extremely, well, extreme in its presentation. And, yep, I agreed with Sharon before she'd even seen the program that it was harmful. But I should correct myself a bit to say it's "potentially harmful".
I don't think the answer is black and white, here. I have seen firsthand the positives of plastic surgery--it did prove to be a blessing for a friend of mine who had been called "Linebacker" all of her life because she had been born with an extremely, shall we say, obvious nose.
There are people who are made miserable because of unfortunate genetics, and yes, of course, I agree that is wrong.
But one of my favorite quotes is "whatever gets you through your life". If Michael Jackson wanted to look like Peter Pan, that was, and remains just fine with me.
I think the show and results speak volumes in both directions.
The people who have an abundance of surgery end up looking, well, plastic.
And nodding, I do point out to my daughter that that result is often irreversible. And yawp, she has to tolerate my outburst offerings of info as she watches this stuff - regarding the history of custom, such as "footbinding" in Japan, and the forced flattening of forehead to pronounce nobility dating back to Ancient Egypt. (There's a lot more, but she asked me to be quiet...grin)
The mores of society have, and always will influenced the psychology of the common man.
I think that all we can truly do is to recognize that, and encourage and nurture inner qualities of both our children and ourselves that allows us all to live with the very confidence that seeds the admiration and conception of beauty that inspires our own idealizations.
So? In my home, this show is a good thing.
It allowed me and my daughter to discuss this stuff.