I took a lot of flak in a recent discussion elsewhere for suggesting that women who have cosmetic enhancement surgery might be responding to just a little bit more than their own psychological insecurities about attracting a mate – that there might actually be some much larger social issues about why women choose to be surgically enhanced i.e. that it’s not just about getting sex, even if the surgery they are having is aimed at increasing their sexual appeal (by certain widely acknowledged to be fucked up standards).
Here’s just one high-profile example of how women are trained from a very young age to believe that their looks matter more than anything else about them, not just when it comes to finding a sexual partner, but also in terms of recognition and reward in other aspects of life: in the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony a very cute Lin Miaoke appeared to sing a song but the voice belonged to another girl, Yang Peiyi. (Addendum: Lin may well have not known that her own singing was not being amplified to the stadium)
Lin Miaoke who lip-synched at the opening ceremony over the voice of Yang Peiyi (right) who was considered unsuited to the lead role because of her buck teeth
Photo: GETTY/AFP [image & caption source]
Hat-tips to, and more details and analysis of the implications at Hear Me Roar:
In interviews, the musical designer said this was not the first time girls were weeded out for looks,
…A ten-year-old had originally been chosen for the quality of her voice. But she, too, had fallen by the wayside because she was not “cute” enough.
“We used her to sing in all the rehearsals,” Mr Chen said. “But in the end the director thought her image was not the most appropriate, because she was a little too old. Regrettably, we had to let her go.”
Too old at ten?? Not cute enough at ten?
and at Glass Castle:
Yang Peiyi, who was passed over, is said to be satisfied with the use of her voice, even if it’s attributed to someone else. It doesn’t make it better that she “doesn’t mind”; it makes it scarier. You see, she’s seven years old, and she’s already learned the lesson: that it doesn’t matter what her talents or abilities are, unless she conforms to beauty norms, she is not acceptable for – undeserving of – appearance in the public eye. Only seven years old, and she’s already been put in her place. Only seven years old, and she has already internalised the idea that she lacks worth.