Teens Being Bullied Leading to Plastic Surgery?
My Aha Moment....
I recently read an article entitled When Plastic Surgery is Used as a Solution to Bullying.
Then it hit me (like a freight train), with two young daughters, I have way more to worry about than my mother, her mother or many mothers before that ever had to worry about.
First off I want to say that while parenting boys has got to be both a blessing and a challenge; I was blessed (or challenged) with girls. I can appreciate that boys can be unruly, unjust and just as moody as girls. However, I cannot accept that boys are bullied, harassed and judged as much as girls are. And IF they are just as bullied, harassed and judged they are not as emotionally affected by it as girls.
A girl starts obsessing about her body image from an early age. It seems that this is a way to "fit in" or be accepted. While I can recall this being somewhat of an issue when I was younger it was not nearly as extreme as it is today.
This CAN be healthy if the focus is put on proper diet choices, portion control, exercise etc. but more often then not it's taken overboard by impressionable teenagers (or pre-teens). As a result eating disorder statistics are through the roof. Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia and Binge eating disorders seem to take center stage with adolescents when managing his or her weight is an obsession rather than a informed lifestyle choice.
I'm so thankful that my girls have no options about what to wear to school other than shoes. They HAVE to wear uniforms and that takes away a lot of the trends associated with clothing. I remember being in school (3,000 some odd years ago) and clothing being an issue. I was fortunate enough to have parents who were financially capable of providing me with the "in" trends but I had some friends who's parents were not as capable.
I can recall how mean children, pre-teens and teenagers can be at this age. If you aren't wearing Nike's, Hollister or Ralph Lauren you just aren't cool. And it's ALL about being cool and fitting in at this age. We can thank young Hollywood for what our children interpret as trendy, however most of us are not as "financially stable" as young Hollywood, now are we?
Celebrity Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong
- Bullied 14-Year-Old Girl Gets Plastic Surgery to Fix Ears, Nose, Chin | ABC News Blogs - Yahoo!
From the blog ABC News Blogs: Teased about her big ears since she was 7 years old, Nadia found school a nightmare. Her classmates tormented her, and she couldn't bear to look at herself in the mirror.
But Plastic Surgery?
Know what really irritates me? Girls feeling that they are not good enough for "Jim, Joe or Bob" because their fat, their hair's brown, their eyes are blue and their breasts or noses are not asymmetrical. In essence taking their body image to such an extreme that they feel plastic surgery is the only option to "fix" these issues and become "perfect" for society or in an attempt to avoid ridicule. It irks me to the umpteenth degree. And scares the beejeebees out of me.
I remember a friend of mine back in high school asking her parents for a graduation present. Which is normal, I asked for a graduation present too; I asked for a car (I know greedy, selfish, etc. I was 18). My friend, she didin't ask for a car, a new wardrobe, an apartment or a pet elephant, she asked for breast implants! ABSURD! INSANE!
Had I asked my parents for breast implants or a nose job for that matter they would have committed me. Or grounded me. Either way it was NOT happening (over their dead body, probably mine too). I would have been presented with all the "facts" the cost of a nose job, the process, probably given a video on nose jobs gone wrong etc. But it would never have happened. My friend on the other hand got her breast implants.
I'm scared to death what society, the media, and Hollywood will "tell" my daughters is necessary to fit in will be such an extreme that I (but most likely them) may not survive the transition into the next phase of life.
As it stands now ridicule is just "normal" for children, children are just mean. To be honest I think it's "good" that children learn that life is not all butterflies and rainbows in an effort to familiarize them with the trials and tribulations of life (to an extent). But I will not stand by and let my little girls be influenced to such a degree that they feel chagning their body parts is necessary to be happy. Just the idea is crazy. CRAZY!
- Plastic Surgery and Teens on MedicineNet.com
For some teens, plastic surgery can be a godsend. But it has to be for the right reasons.
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