I’m a little surprised nothing has been posted on this. Stop me if I’m wrong.
Modern technology gives us a billion options, and medical technology is no exception. Although we live in an age that claims personality and values should be favored over aesthetic appeal, we glorify the beautiful. We are constantly discontent with ourselves. And well, others are discontent with us.
One in five college girls supposedly has an eating disorder. One in ten for males. I found this particularly interesting- teenagers and young adults are getting botox injections (one doctor cited about 30% of his botox clientele is 20-25 years old).
Breast augmentation doesn’t seem so strange anymore. Piercing, tattoos, whatever. We have procedures and products claimed to: permanently shave hair, grow hair, stop sweating, reduce weight, gain muscle, cure cellulite, heal acne, and reshape the very features of our face.
Then there are the common rituals, some almost barbaric in nature: waxing, tweezing, teasing, shaving, facial masks, make-up, contacts, pantyhose, etc etc. (Most of these are attributed to women, transvestites, or metrosexuals.)
As a human race, we seem to be doing all we can to prevent aging and prolong our lifespan. As atheists, there should be no moral god-given dilemma to this, at least.
With the exception of the asexual, we’re all attracted by something. It’s inherent and instinctual, isn’t it? I’m not saying it can’t be conditioned, but we all have it. Therefore, I wonder about the ethics of making yourself attractive to the general populous, to yourself, or to your partner. After all, if beauty is skin deep, isn’t it meaningless to change, in a moral standpoint? Or is the entire idea of being able to change yourself counterintuitive? Is it wrong? Does it compromise who you are, is it mentally unhealthy to try?
Is it ethical to change your physical appearance, and when does it become unethical? Would you consider it?
Why is it that the influx of gorgeous celebrities has not appeared to affect men in the same way? Or has it?
Scenario- Your significant other is charming, funny, intelligent, but not physically attractive to you. Say they were considering serious cosmetic surgery. What would you say?
There are plenty of things I’ve thought about changing about myself. Some I have, some I’m trying to. Others, the more “serious” type, well… I’m not against it, but I get the feeling my crowd is. And they’re meaningful to me. This isn’t a “should I get giant titties” advice thread, I just wanted to know what your feelings are. In general, not on the titties. Honestly, you guys.