So, I went home for lunch today, and while I was eating, I watched a TiVo'd episode of Dr. Phil. He was interviewing people who have decided to get plastic surgery that will totally erase an ethnically-identifiable feature. For example, one young Asian woman had plastic surgery to create a fold in her upper eye lid, thereby erasing something that is an easily identifable Asian feature. And there was a young man who was going to have a nose job to change what he thinks of as his "stereotypically Italian" nose.
What do you guys think about this? Is this up to the individual - something that will make that person feel a bit more attractive and make his/her life just a bit better? Or is this an issue of self-hatred, a willingness to remove those things that identify what you are?
And, is this a slippery slope? If we say that a woman cannot get folds surgically put into her eyelids, where do we stop? What is the difference between erasing an "Asian eye" and straightening the kinks out of "African hair"? Where do we draw the line?
I'm interested to hear what you think, so comment away!