Like I said in my previous post, I was googling about plastic surgery. It's purely out of vain interest, wondering what I could do to improve my looks, just in case anyone was interested. Anyway, I came across this critique of Xiaxue's post "Psyche of Plastic" which, Xiaxue herself responded to.
I agree with Xiaxue that if I were to compare between being girls who are born pretty or made pretty... I would have to say that I have deep respect for those who worked to be pretty than those who are naturally pretty because where is the effort in that? It's just a roll of a dice. Obviously, I admire those that are naturally pretty, duuhhh... But that's besides the point.
I'm too damn lazy for my own good. I would love to be one of those girls who put on contact lenses, makeup (complete with fake lashes) every single effin' day but I just can't be arsed! Especially when I think about all the discomfort and the effort I have to put into applying makeup and removing it at the end of the day!
Not everybody can deal with putting on makeup everyday or go under the knife. Personally, I hate the idea of needles and knives (which is very ironic, really) poking and cutting into me. Aside from that, how about the pain, how about the consequences, how about if things go wrong and you'll have to live with a fked up face for the rest of your life? Do you have the kind of guts it takes? Don't give me shit about how you've never thought about plastic surgery or how you don't need it bla bla bla it's just a rhetorical question.
The answer is most probably no because it's so much simpler to live with the face you were born with than to strive for what you wish you had. There would be no brash remarks about your appearance, your self esteem, your pride... BLAH! You wouldn't have to go through the fear of what if it didn't turn out the way you wanted it to etc. Of course, if you're absolutely happy with the way you look, you wouldn't have to deal with any of that either... But people with plastic surgery don't condemn you for not improving your looks, why should you condemn them for taking the initiative?
Anyway, Sharon-Ann Gladden (who wrote the post about Xiaxue) apparently is unable to comprehend (or refuses to accept) the logic laid out above. But that's ok. Realistically, if everyone agreed with one another, there would be world peace and people would start killing themselves out of boredom (sarcasm but you get the point). Everyone's entitled to their own opinions. However, she wrote that "this type of inane reasoning will do nothing but further the plastic surgery craze that is already on the rampage". I fail to understand her point because... What's wrong with plastic surgery? What is so wrong with wanting to look better? The age old argument is that grooming and makeup is part of vanity as well and plastic surgery is nothing more than permanent makeup. Although that may be true, I would also like to point out that everyone tries to improve themselves in other aspects as well such as renovating their house to make it more desirable. It's as shallow as plastic surgery, it's all for aesthetic reasons. You could argue that the house is collapsing, well then why don't you just replace those beams (or whatevs, I'm not an engineer) and fix what's broken instead of remodeling the whole damn house?
Let me tell you why I think people are so strongly opposed against plastic surgery:
1. It goes against nature.
2. It feels like cheating.
3. It is not justifiable.
I used to feel that plastic surgery is taking the easy way out - but there's nothing weak about it. Unjustifiable? So what? It's unnatural, but tell me what's natural left in our world? Is it natural that we're sitting in front of a computer screen the whole day, eyes glassy, nails tapping? But at the end of the day, it shouldn't affect anyone else but that person who went for plastic surgery... Let's say you realized someone took extra classes to study for a test (getting plastic surgery) and scored better than she originally would (is so much more prettier)... Some people might mind, but why should they? It's her life, she decided to work for what she wanted. So what if now she looks like a million other girls who have gone under the knife? Inner beauty is overrated. Can't you be both beautiful inside and out? At least she is happy with what she has achieved. What is it to you?
She also mentioned something about Asian (by Asian, I'm referring mainly to Chinese) women getting plastic surgery to look less Asian. I absolutely loathe people who assume that Asians are trying to look less ethnic by desiring a higher nose and more expressive eyes because TRUTH BE TOLD SLANTY EYES AND SQUASHED NOSES ARE NOT UNIVERSALLY ATTRACTIVE. I think that it's not because we want to look more 'White'. Whites don't have the 'perfect' (perfection is subjective hence the quotation marks) noses (Asians generally do not like hooked or overly large noses, we like distinct but small noses which are slightly rounded at the tip) or eyes (while colored eyes are beautiful, what we really want are double eyelids and perhaps, slightly larger eyes and long, thick eyelashes) or skin (Asians generally do not like freckles, we like porcelain white skin free from blemishes or any discoloration/pigmentation), either - so stop feeling superior if you're White/stop worshipping Whites if you do. If you haven't noticed already, there are Asians with naturally high noses, very pale skin and pleasing eyes. All three features have been highly desired way back before White influence. I think that this association with Asians trying to be White is because hey since the features you want are found on a White person, it must mean you want to be White! Oh please.
OH GOD I DIGRESSED SO FAR AND SO MUCH.
This post was initially titled "A Blogger's Dilemma" because I wanted to throw light what a blogger faces. Xiaxue commented on Sharon's post and both of them had opinions, on top of that, there were so many others adding fuel to the fire, twisting and turning, attacking and provoking... For a moment I thought seriously about blogging... I thought of Xiaxue, her very recent post(s) about haters (Part I & Part II), the forum I stumbled upon in my previous post and this! I wondered if it was worth it to be so famous yet simultaneously loved and hated. It was like catching a glimpse of reality. And then I realized that I enjoyed shoving my opinions up the noses of others too much to ever give blogging up. There's always going to be someone who disagrees with you, why let it get to you?