Plastic Surgery and Societal Pressures

The 56-year-old award-winning actress and producer, Meg Ryan rose to fame in the early 1980’s as the perennial girl-next-door. Fans are conflicted about her transformation.
When Ryan addressed the audience at the 70th Annual Tony awards on June 12, 2016, the audience didn’t pay attention to her speech about history being made by the African American actors who won awards in all four categories.
As reported by Mama Mia, everybody focused on her appearance instead. Fans pointed out that her trademark pout looked different and her forehead was a whole lot smoother than it used to be.

The conversation isn’t new. Throughout the years, actresses have illicit commentary or criticism in one form or another for appearance. From Uma Thurman to Kim Novak and more recently, Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Kidman.
Many of Ryan’s critics were of the opinion that the changes were unnecessary and that she had taken the procedures ‘too far.’ A fair amount of fans also noted that cosmetic surgery is a personal matter, and Ryan was free to do as she wished.

Regardless where the line is drawn when it comes to public opinion regarding cosmetic surgery, this discussion speaks to a larger ill in our society, writes Mama Mia‘s Kate de Brito.
De Brito sad the entire debate saddens her. Women today find themselves in a ‘society that tells us we need to look a certain way’ to be taken seriously.

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De Brito says that society pressures women into changing their appearance all in the name of acceptance. Women aren’t physically forced to alter their appearance, yet, the narratives convince women, especially those in the limelight, that their worth is tied up in their beauty.
This is much more far-reaching than merely applying makeup or spending time achieving the perfect hairstyle.

“But make-up is surely one thing. Surgery and butchering faces and bodies is another.”
Kate De Brito, Mama Mia, June 16, 2016.


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According to Mama Mia, this issue should be the discussed with the same enthusiasm awarded to other gender issues.
Only when these issues are discussed and examined, will society be able to move on from its current state, where women and men are assessed based on appearance.

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