While advances in science no doubt help us in countless ways, and in no way am I suggesting we impede the development of medicines that improve the quality of our lives, we need to keep a watchful eye on the cultural pressures some unwittingly create.
A solution to bullying that involves surgical procedures is a terrible message to give both bullies and their victims. We need to be encouraging young people to admire and embrace differences -- and that starts from an early age.
It is clear to me that these photos do not demonstrate a "new beauty" as the show title suggests, but rather an unwavering attempt to create historic standards of beauty in those who do not have that potential.
When my friend decided to have plastic surgery on her face and breasts, I couldn't hide my shock. I was caught off guard -- she had always been one of those cute, perky moms, dressed in the latest trend.
Walking to the bathroom mirror, I stare deeply at my face. What would I change about it if I could? Then it occurs to me that my unstable and borderline psychotic alter-ego might be interested in a very large, plush and cushiony new forehead. Time to go shopping for my new face!
Do we really believe our young girls are capable of processing the information they get handed on a moment to moment basis, every day, to know that these cut and photo-shopped actresses don't exist? Don't we owe them a chance? It's out of control.
Trademarks are becoming as common as commas, yet with a far greater impact than overused punctuation. While the legal lockdown of conversational language is progressing, the copyright law and rights are being thoroughly challenged.