fashionable femininity is abusive

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Attempting to conform to current femininity fashions such as displaying large breasts is both

  • expensive – financially and emotionally
  • dangerous for your health – mentally and physically

The UK for-profit organisation that supplied most of the PIP breast enlargement implants (made from industrial grade silicon) does not have the resources to rectify it’s mistake by removing the 14,000 implants and ‘reconstructing’ the deformed breasts. The NHS will not remove implants until after they have malfunctioned. That means that they will wait until the woman is injured before they will take safety surgery – they will not repair, they will just remove the leaking implant.

The mainstream media covers this from a ‘faulty goods’ supplied perspective, acknowledging that the recipients of PIP implants are experiencing distress and pain and that PIP was naughty for breaking the law and not using medical grade silicon. None of the mainstream media I’ve found has dared to comment on the socio-cultural environment that first drove these women to choose the physical pain and risk of major surgery to change thier bodies. This is a critical causal precursor for the existence of an industry that makes money out of mutilating women, a critical part of the story. Removing this industry would remove the possibility of faulty goods in the first placeĀ  – remove the pain and the risk.

Meanwhile, the internet provides alternative news style stories, for example, The London Feminist refers to the illegal practices of the Harley Medical group and how they explicitly leverage (illegal) advertising to promote their for-profit services. It’s good to find intelligent, well researched, alternative news stories but sad that feminist perspectives rarely seep into mainstream media storylines

Today this tragedy, one of many perpetuated against women, leaves me feeling:

  • Sadness for, and anger on behalf of, the many women around the world who were given PIP implants in their attempt to conform with current fashion.
  • Relief that I chose to accept the lesser risk of ongoing abuse for not aspiring to conform to femininity fashions
  • Guilt that I am surviving without the fashion trappings of femininity when others are suffering more than I….

 

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7 bits of lovely banter on “fashionable femininity is abusive”

  1. Bux writes:

    It’s a sorry state of affairs, but if I am honest, I do have a little devil on my shoulder whispering the words ‘serves them right’.

    Of course I am able to sympathise with the situation they are now in, but I also feel that some of them are the victims of both their own vanity, and the greedy industry which feeds off that very insecurity. After all, with the exception of breast cancer victims, it’s usually totally elective surgery made by personal choice.

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    Bux writes

    and I would like to add that whatever anyone does to improve their body from personal choice….NOBODY deserves to be mutilated in the process.

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  2. wendy writes:

    I used to have that ‘ serves them right’ feeling before I started realising that they were bullied into believing this is what they needed, no other way out of their current pain except to comform… victims even before the surgery…

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  3. JamesNT writes:

    Until our society as a whole realizes that this is everyone’s fault and that everyone has to do something about it, this problem isn’t going anywhere.

    – Parents must realize it’s time to talk to their little girls about growing up to be computer scientists, chemists, biologists, etc. and not just letting them run amok because they are “our precious little angels.”

    – Young girls must realize that this is all one gigantic fad and they shouldn’t fall prey to it. It’s time to make a stand and realize that confidence comes from within and from personal accomplishment. Anyone can wear less clothes or buy bigger boobs but can they write an algorithm in C++ or calculate which atom loses or gains an electron in a chemical reaction?

    – Corporations must realize the damage they are causing and that they can make just as much money by promoting good standards to buy into rather than promoting the idea that showing more skin is better.

    – Men need to stop being morons and realize that when it comes to relationships we really need to look for true partners that can work with us to raise a healthy family, not go after the girl with the fake boobs.

    Our collective societies are more about the “LOOK AT ME” mentality. And for that mentality we are willing to sacrifice our health, our privacy, pretty much anything.

    In my old age I am quickly coming to the conclusion that what’s cool is almost always synonymous with what’s wrong.

    JamesNT

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    wendy writes

    JamesNT – Thanks! its good to hear such sensible words – there must be more people like you out there, that means there’s hope…

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  4. JamesNT writes:

    Wendy,

    Thank you for the compliment. I have a 5 year old little girl so this situation is firmly on my mind.

    JamesNT

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  5. JamesNT writes:

    A bit of a humorous twist on our discussion but a serious message nonetheless.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_vVUIYOmJM

    JamesNT

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