USC professor Julie Albright conducted a study based on her theory that “makeover” and plastic surgery oriented television promote body dissatisfaction amongst women. She believes that this dissatisfaction is prodding women into going under the knife in order to correct perceived flaws or reach a standard of beauty which has become increasingly difficult to obtain. Albright interviewed 662 college aged women as part of her “Impossible Bodies” study and found that regardless of socioeconomic background or geographic area the attitude persisted.
“Women are being taught to access power and status through their looks,” Albright says.” Before women might buy a Louis Vuitton purse to show off their ‘status.’ Now they might buy new breasts as a sign of their success.”
Do you think this attitude can be blamed on shows like The Swan, and Dr. 90210 or is it just more in the open now because plastic surgery has become a bigger part of our social consciousness?
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