This is not going to be a thoughtful essay. This story about a 35-pound liposuction extraction performed on a 12-year-old child makes me want to kill someone (at least metaphorically).
When I wrote At the Debutante Party, I was trying to highlight the kinds of horrors that pressure women and girl children to the point where they feel more “comfortable” when they have sculpted themselves into perverse social standards. I am appalled by standards that reward people for damaging and abusing their bodies in the name of health and social approval.
When I think of the long term implications for these children’s health, I am totally horrified that I live in a world that encourages people to carve their bodies, and their children’s bodies, like marble sculptures.
Another topic we can all talk about on Tuesday, at 6pm West Coast Time, when you call in to Meet Body Impolitic on BlogTalkRadio. To get the details, use the button in the upper left-hand column or follow this link.
Grim appreciation to Lynn Kendall for the link.