In case you missed last night’s episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians because you didn’t know it was still on, things got very exciting when Kim Kardashian, defender of the body acceptance (as long as you’re conventionally perfect) movement, took the camera crew to her dermatologist’s office to observe her laser treatments to remove the stretch marks on her breasts. I didn’t even know we had that technology, or that stretch marks were so egregious that they had to be removed.
After performing a visual inspection (workplace!), it was revealed that I, too, have stretch marks on my breasts–also known as skin. Aren’t stretch marks just sort of the human condition? Most of my male friends have stretch marks on their backs from growing, it’s just always seemed normal to me. Sure, I’m not immune to the myriad of voices telling me what’s wrong with my body, but I thought it was like feet or scrotums–we don’t like it but human bodies have them. Nothing to be done. Boy was I wrong.
Getting plastic surgery or dermatological treatments is anyone’s prerogative, and if you want to Photoshop your body IRL, then god bless. But it’s a little unnerving to think of the world with a ton of subtle changes made–not comical boob jobs but skin that’s suspiciously smooth and devoid of stretch marks. Our generation grew up knowing that magazines and commercials were fake and digitally altered, but how are we supposed to explain to our kids that they won’t be able to trust that the bodies they see in front of them have been altered, too? I know this isn’t new, because plastic surgery has been around for decades. But this idea that every little part of your body can be made into a flaw and then smoothed over is scary, and not to mention it’s telling me how many things are wrong with me that I didn’t even know about.
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