Why doesn’t anybody want to feel like a natural woman anymore?

From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/19/suzanne-moore-femininity-cosmetic-surgery

We now have a new aesthetic of femininity where everything is meant to be as fake as possible

Suzanne Moore

Saturday 19 February 2011

Falsies have become my preoccupation. But clearly not just mine. I could buy a mascara called Falsies to give myself “the ultimate false lash glam look”. But why do that when I could just wear enormous false eyelashes? Or, better still, spend a small fortune on lash extensions, which hopefully wouldn’t fall off for a few weeks if tended lovingly. It all seems a lot of time and energy, really.

On the train or at the supermarket I see many young girls with long, spidery, glittery lashes, even when in their uniforms. I quite like this overalls-and-drag-queen look. I like the lack of pretence that this is real. But how did we get here, I wonder – to this new aesthetic of femininity where everything is meant to look as fake as possible? Hair, nails, tan, teeth, tits. Sure, I know the rules: that we are born naked, and “the rest is just drag”. Sure, I get the hyper-femininity of the big queens and the game old birds such as Dolly Parton and Cher. What is strange is that a parody of femininity is now what many ordinary women are aspiring to.

There was time when falsies were the pads shoved down your bra to make your breasts seem bigger, a kind of comedy stuffing. Now the stuffing is put directly inside the flesh, in the form of silicon implants. While not as cheap as chips, false breasts are certainly becoming as common as them.

The “boob job” industry is massive. Boom boom. And everyday. Cosmetic surgery was once only the province of the rich, famous and deluded. It was surely another era when I was ferried to an American TV studio to debate with the legendary Betty Friedan and some daft woman who was claiming that her breast enlargement was a political act. A grouchy Freidan keep shouting into my ear: “So she thinks she can buy big bazookas, right?” It was a struggle to explain I was on Friedan’s side, and now I wonder if anyone would even bother with this discussion. The political language of empowerment about reproductive rights and equality in the workplace has itself been given a makeover. Gok Wan makes women feel better not by giving them more actual control, but by giving them control pants.

Continue reading at:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/19/suzanne-moore-femininity-cosmetic-surgery


4 Responses to “Why doesn’t anybody want to feel like a natural woman anymore?”

  1. Angela Says:

    I think the Daily Mail, known to transexual people in the Uk as the Daily Fail, has seeped into The Guardian in the form of Suzanne Moore….
    The comments were predicatibly depressing, thank goodness for the ‘find’ function on my web browser other wise I’d be up all night with backache.
    To summarise:-

    Diss transexual folks. Don’t apologise and ignore (very British that) any replies from or supportive of transexual people.

    Ignore all racial and working girl issues re transexual people and anyone who isn’t white and rich.

    Refer to 1950’s Hollywood cinema in glowing terms, what a joke, except Diane Abbot who did this is a leading left wing member of parliament. She’d never have been let into 1950’s Hollywood though, probably not 2010 Hollywood either, because she is black. Oh! that might actually be a good thing. For her I mean.

    Cue bitchy comments from ‘nice’ men, and equally bitchy comments from ‘natural’ women. They should really get together.

    Have a go at Muslims.

    It’s like Jean-Paul Sarte’s lift I think.

    Welcome to the UK.

    • Suzan Says:

      In the back of our local weekly free “Alternative” newspaper, the descendant of what was once upon a time the underground press there is an ad for a plastic surgeon who specializes in “designer” cunts. Not for women born with transsexualism but for assigned female at birth women who are unhappy with the way their twat looks.

      There are ads for places that rip the hair from your pubes so that you look pre-pubescent as well as ads for asshole bleaching.

      Once upon a time I was stupid enough to get suckered into getting boob implants and had to deal with them forcing their way out twice, complete with tissue necrosis and two instances of the implant collapsing.

      I watched friends get pumped with industrial silicone and watched their faces and bodies eventually start looking like the Elephant man, especially as the silicone shifted downwards.

      I’m an old hippie and I had my SRS nearly 40 years ago when the point was to look like and fit into the world as an ordinary woman, not to look like Sulka.

      I listened as feminist critiqued us for getting plastic surgeries due to not only our insecurities but because some of us really do need FFS in order to live ordinary lives.

      What I find ironic is now it seems like many women want to look like the more extreme women with transsexualism who get really obsessed with plastic surgery.

      It strikes me as odd that psychiatrists treat this sort of thing as mental illness when WBTs engage in it but when AFAB women do it, not so much.

      I sort of put it down to a case of consuming gone wild.

  2. Angela Says:

    Sounds horrible Suzy. I’ve been thinking about getting breast implants, but after hearing that I’m not so sure. Besides I showed one of them to a friend recently and I think she rather liked it, although she was a bit gruff and didn’t want to admit it.

    What does AFAB mean by the way?

  3. tinagrrl Says:

    Assigned Female At Birth = AFAB

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