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Rio de Janeiro adopts ban on cosmetic surgery — for dogs and cats

Lawmakers in Rio de Janeiro, where plastic surgery is all the rage, have approved draft legislation banning cosmetic surgery for dogs and cats, Brazilian media said Wednesday. Conservative lawmaker Graca Pereira is behind the move to ban procedures such as tail docking — the cutting off of part of an…

South Koreans so obsessed with plastic surgery, teens going DIY

In the heart of Seoul’s famous Gangnam neighborhood lies the “Beauty Belt,” a grouping of streets lined with hundreds of cosmetic surgery joints. Untold numbers of Koreans — as well as Chinese and Southeast Asian tourists…   [Image credit: Woman with sausages simulating lip enhancement she's dreaming of filler injection…

Submission is the wrong lesson

I put this link up on Facebook, just because I saw it on Feministing, and my take was similar to Courtney’s. (Her response: “This, my friends, is so not how we should be conceiving of effective anti-bullying work.”) I decided to post on it because it got a lot of…

Well, okay, but it’s still so tone deaf

Kate Harding has an excellent analysis of the outcry by organizations like NOW and feminists like Gloria Steinem against the proposed 5% tax on elective cosmetic surgery that would be used to finance health care reform. What seems like a good idea on its face—tax a luxury to pay for…

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