Who are we to judge what someone else decides to do to her own face or body?
Tom Matlack recently wrote a piece for the Room for Debate section of The New York Times discussing women, makeup, plastic surgery, and tattoos. He asserts that when it comes to subjects such as how much or what types of makeup, or choosing to get breast augmentation surgery “women should do whatever they want.” Unfortunately, in our culture beauty and “beautification” are highly controversial topics, controversy which is evident in the comments the post has already garnered from both sides of the debate, and in all honesty most times whatever she wants is a relative term.
Following is an excerpt of that piece.
When I asked a ton of men and women about breast enhancement I got a remarkable diversity of responses. It would be easy to criticize women who get fake boobs and men who admit to liking them. But the truth is a lot more complicated than that. Who are we to judge what someone else decides to do to her own face or body?
One of my best friends has body ink head to toe and I happen to think it looks pretty cool. And if I didn’t think so, it’d still be his own body and none of my business.
So when it comes to makeup and self-esteem I plead ignorance other than to say women should do whatever they want. That includes my wife, by the way. As long as she knows that I love her most when she has nothing on.
I can’t help but wonder though, if what a woman wants is to be considered beautiful by societal standards then are things like using makeup or getting breast enhancement surgery really a choice at all?
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