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Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture 1st Edition
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In Surgery Junkies, Victoria Pitts-Taylor addresses these conflicting views and their origins - including feminist theory, psychiatry, television shows, the media, and the cosmetic surgery industry itself. In deconstructing the discourses around cosmetic surgery, she aims to show that the meanings assigned to it are socially constructed and always changing, not fixed and tied to something specific and static within each patient. She is particularly interested in the portrayals and perceptions of women who are seen as "extreme" patients or "junkies" because of the number or nature of the procedures they choose to have. One topic she covers is the perspective, voiced by cosmetic surgeons and reinforced by the reality show Extreme Makeover, that cosmetic surgery is a logical way for people to change the way they look on the outside to match how they feel on the inside, thus creating or restoring their "true" selves. Another chapter covers the medicalization of surgery addiction in the form of the psychiatric diagnosis Body Dysmorphia Disorder (BDD).Read more ›