Why plastic surgery shouldn’t be normalized for everyone
When a friend in middle school told me she couldn’t wait to spend her Bat Mitzvah money on a nose job, I told her to “go for it.” I remember thinking that plastic surgery was a positive thing; that it helped people feel more confident about themselves.
As I got older, plastic surgery became more and more popular. Since 2000, the year I was born, plastic surgery procedures have risen by 115 percent, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. But I began to notice that instead of creating self-confidence by erasing long standing insecurities, these procedures sometimes transfer those insecurities onto other people.
I understand someone wanting to change something they dislike about themselves. For so many people, especially women, cosmetic procedures can provide a newfound sense of empowerment. When I first heard the argument that plastic surgery could be a feminist decision from a friend, I agreed. It felt consistent with someone taking ownership over their body through female sexual liberation or deciding to get a breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. Still, I can’t ignore that a cancer patient making the choice to undergo life-saving surgery is not the same as