Beauty or the Beast?
On Gay Plastic Surgery
By: M.J. Rahahleh
Apollo and Aphrodite, the Greek god and goddess of beauty, perfection embodied. Everyone everywhere tried to look like them in the past centuries, whether it was Apollo for males or Aphrodite for females. But off course, in our time of scientific and cosmetic revolution, the race for beauty got a bit more intense. In the past, there was merely nothing to be done in order to enhance the looks other than make up, besides the fact that make up was often made of all-day materials such as rice powder, and wasn't much helpful in hiding the deficiencies of the skin, there was no way of altering the shape of a nose, plumb out lips or get breast/hip implants. Not mentioning that make up wasn't much of an accepted thing for men (still till today, even though it's popular in Paris with make-up lines for men such as Jean Paul Gaultier). But in the 60's of the past century, a new form of medicine appeared, that is Cosmetic Surgery.
Cosmetic Surgery, a.k.a. plastic surgery, is something rather common nowadays, any woman can go to the plastic surgeon and ask for this model's lips or this actress's nose or that singer's hips. But a new fashion has emerged, plastic surgery for men.
Without any real reason to justify taking such a risk just to improve the outside appearance, while neglecting the inside, most people that have plastic surgery are usually labeled as superficial, ridiculous and have low self esteem, and that is explained in their behavior, they are obsessed with looks, materialism and the outside appearance. They always try to look better for other people that are just as materialistic and absurd as they are, but the real deal is: wake up people! No one really cares about looks only anymore. People want inside and outside, look around you and you'll see how dumb-beautiful celebs are mocked on each and every media, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Pamela Anderson are just a few of a crowd, and besides, no one likes fake looks in the first place! Those hideous altered noses, fake fat lips, and huge breasts and so on, it's completely repulsive, does anyone of us want to look like those freaks of modern civilization?
And moreover, gay plastic surgery, although it's still widely unaccepted, a lot of men go under the knife just for a better nose or a better bone construction, now everyone judges the outside appearance first, but that doesn't mean that the outside appearance is the only thing that counts. Usually uneducated people (not illiterate, people that care about the peel not about the juice) are the people that care about looks only, such people that usually judge the person by where he lives or the way he dresses are the majority (especially for the gay community here in Amman), but fortunately, there are still some people that care about the core, about the way of thinking, about what really matters. Now some people might call me anti-beauty, I'm not, as I said before, not only looks count, so does brains. None of us wants a hollow body that looks nice as if it's a plastic model on a display of a fancy shop in Wakalat Street, some people just want more than that. Thank goodness that plastic surgery isn't that much spread in either the Arab States or in Jordan. Yet you can't deny it's happening, many people in the gay community are thinking of plastic surgery and few are practicing the plastic habit!
But plastic surgery is justified in some cases, for example, people that had an accident and need to look in a certain way to be able to face the outside world again.
Most people are unaware of the numerous hazards of plastic surgery, for example after surgery infections, decline during surgery (which is fatal) and psychological effects, some may feel insecure even more than before if the outcome of the surgery was inadequate, and that may cause depression or anxiety, or even adjustment problems, family problems, self-destructive acts or anger towards the surgeon himself. In some cases you get addicted, now of a sudden one on the nose isn't enough and the fix-up touch turns into a continuous habit!
But for all of us, those who care about inside and outside wise, we have to stand together against this booming fatal trend, and for those who only care about the outside only, you'd better grow out of it.