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[User Picture]From: nowishere Date: October 13th, 2006 - 08:18 pm (Link)
Agreed - and I think that's the foundation for the reaction of looking down on the people who get the implants. Because they didn't just buy an aesthetic enhancement - they bought the bullshit from our society that they weren't good enough the way they were, or that they would have more value with bigger breasts. When in fact, all they'd have is bigger breasts (or in the case of implants, the semblance of bigger breasts).

We "look down" on the women who we perceive as buying into the system, as pyrtolin said, that doesn't give a shit about what's good for them, but benefits by exploiting the desire we all have to feel attractive and loveable. In the same way that you "look down" on the geek or outcast who's fawning at the feet of a cool kid, does whatever he says while everyone else laughs at his subjugation and looks down on him even more, while the loser can't tell because he's finally getting some attention and approval. It's not disdain for the kid's motivation - you empathize with that, but it's hard to keep out the disdain for how he's willing to lower himself to get the approval he needs. Same thing when women perceive other women to be getting breast implants to be more attractive - they're missing out on their own value, and the value and beauty other women want to protect and proclaim and celebrate and even flaunt that is inherent in the female body, whatever proportions it may come in. Hence the anti-feminist claim, I would think.

And there's also the personal level emotional response. Getting breast implants send the message that "naturally smaller breasts aren't good enough for me" which basically counts as a vote in the world at large that "naturally smaller breasts aren't good enough," so women who get implants are effectively insulting and devaluing the breasts of women whose are naturally smaller and who don't choose to get implants. And this on top of that message coming from the media and "boob guys", we now are getting it from other small-breasted women. It's adding insult to injury and pisses people off.

IMOs =)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 14th, 2006 - 03:59 am (Link)
ok, that I'll actually kind of agree to. A woman has small breasts. She buys implants. She in essence votes that small breasts are bad. For her! A woman has blonde hair. She dyes it red. She in essence votes that blonde hair is bad. For her! Every morning I put on deoderant to mask my natural underarm smell. I shave the hair off my cheeks to pretend my face looks different than it naturally does. To take suicideking's point above, picking one trait to claim fake=bad is hypocritical. To argue that getting breast implants is somehow worse than wearing lipstick is essentially prooving that having nice breasts is important. If it didn't matter, then no one would complain about those who choose to do it.

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