The pressure to be beautiful in our society will drive women to extreme and unbelievably dangerous measures. Traveling south of the border to get plastic surgery done at the dirt cheap price may sound appealing but the growing number of botched surgeries should lead women to think twice about augmentations. The growing trend now is butt implants. It is not enough that black women go through extreme lengths to keep ourselves looking perfect. Now black women are feeling the pressure more than ever to have that hour glass figure we are known for. Women that aren’t genetically blessed feel that in order to get the attention from men they desire, a bigger butt will do the trick. But will that fix the problem?
Generally the feeling of inadequacy when it comes to our looks can trace back to the slavery days. Black woman have not been made to ever feel that we were pretty. The majority of the black women that are showcased in the media fit the unattainable and unachievable stereotype. The picturesque women we are bombarded with on music videos and on television may have us feeling insecure about our bodies. Every woman, no matter how beautiful she may be on the outside, has insecurities. But when you love yourself and are satisfied with yourself, you are able to live with the imperfections you may have; our imperfections are what make us unique. Of course, in some situations, cosmetic surgery is absolutely necessary. Women that have back pain caused by large breasts or that have lost an obscene amount of weight and have excess skin hanging from their stomach may undergo cosmetic surgery simply because of the health reasons. But for the women who seek out bigger breasts because they believe that it will help them enhance in the industry or perhaps boost their confidence, that will not remedy the deeper issue; it just puts a Band-Aid over a scab that will never be healed.
I understand that having the most noticeable attributes may definitely give you an edge if your career is one that is based solely on your appearance. Video girls, models, actresses and others in the media must keep up this unrealistic standard of beauty in our society and our genes sometimes inhibit us from feeling attractive. But what good is an enhanced booty if you still feel unconfident and insecure inside? Surgery doesn’t always solve the problem and often it creates a new problem; an infatuation with perfecting one’s body through cosmetic procedures. I’ve heard so many horror stories of women who’ve gone under the knife only to have botched surgeries or who still don’t feel confident with the new enhancements they’ve received. Before you set yourself back thousands of dollars sit and think about your reasons behind wanting to get surgery. Is it really worth it? Does the good outweigh the bad?
If you think surgery is the way to gain more attention from men, while most people do have preferences, lacking something physically is not always a deal breaker. We put too much emphasis on having the perfect body. No one is perfect. Why are we striving for something that is unattainable? We all have things about our appearance that we wish we could change or tweak. What is the purpose of getting surgery to have a more voluptuous figure or bigger boobs when you will just fit in with so many other women that are opting for these same procedures? Not to mention the risk involved may not be worth it. We all want to feel beautiful but maybe the way to achieve true self satisfaction doesn’t lie in the hands of a cosmetic surgeon.
Janice Gassam is a graduate student currently getting her degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. To contact Janice her email is email@example.com
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