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Department
Kinesiology & Health Science
Course
KINE 1000
Professor
Hernan Humana
Semester
Fall

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KINE 1000 FALL TERM Importance of Appearance: Cosmetic Surgery Sociology of beauty  Paradox ­ “never judge a book by its cover” ­ “beauty is only skin deep” ­ “all that glitter is not gold”  Face as a mask ­ The social face ­ The private face ­ The made up mask  Self-expression  Self-creation  The reconstructed mask Body as a battlefield  The social construction of the body  Body modification ­ The deliberate altering of the human body for non-medical reasons Body modification  Plastic surgery as an example of body modification  Criticisms of plastic surgery ­ Dangerous ­ Superficial ­ Unattainable person ­ Narcissistic Cosmetic surgery: A women’s issue?  In the U.S men underwent 1.2 million procedures  25-33% of cosmetic surgery patients in Canada are men Body Modification and Foucault  Foucault ­ Power circulates ­ Discipline – a mechanism of power to regulate behavior ­ Docile body The Search for “Normal”  Plastic surgery as a way with which to look “normal” ­ Foucault: normalizing judgment  But what is “normal”? ­ Gimlin: diminished markers of sex or genders or race or ethnicity or class or age etc. Interrogating beauty  The white body as the standard by which beauty is measured and rewarded ­ “If the judges are white, a white girl will win. If the judges are black, a black girl might win.”  Resisting message from the beauty walk ­ Initially, the 4 research collaborators (students) thought that race had nothing to do with it because both WHITE and BLACK girls could participate  Simultaneously resisting and supporting the cultural messages about racism and female beauty that circulated through and from the beauty walk ­ Resisted th
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