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Body Modification

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCY 1089
Professor
Sharlene Hesse- Biber
Semester
Fall

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SC089.01 (10.03.2013) Body Modification Cosmetic surgery: An operation or procedure that changed your appearance Q: In what ways have you modified your body? (Braces, shaving, waxing, ear piercing,  make­up exercise, hair color, manicures, etc.) Chapter 13: Designing Women (Gagne and McGaughey) ­What social factors do they suggest as important in influencing the women they  interviewed to elect to undergo cosmetic surgeries? ­An ageist society: Wanting to stay young­looking, having youthful sexual  vitality may give greater career opportunities ­May please people in your life (friends, spouses, family, etc.) ­Gives the woman self­confidence ­May affect their economic livelihood (again, greater professional success) ­How are the decisions these women made impacted by their race and/or ethnicity?  What about socioeconomic status? ­White women are most likely to get breast augmentation, Asians tend to get  their eyes Westernized, and African American women get narrower noses. Why? ­All tend toward the same beauty norm: the white Western ideal *There is an idea of bodies as “projects”­ A way to express yourself­ Surgery is a lifestyle  change, not a medical operation Q:
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