Plastic Surgery... What's Wrong With My Face? Featured

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This week, Channel 4 genuinely upset me. Now Channel 4, can be upsetting for many reasons. From it’s news with the rather dashing John Snow, to it’s rather gripping documentary’s that normally involve somebody who was born half horse, half orangutan. It’s normally seen as the edgy channel compared  to ITV and the  BBC. Recently, however,  Channel 4 aired a program called ‘How Not To Look Old’ - which, in my mind, was so offensive it may of well as been a man sitting there shouting profanities at me for an hour.


The premise of the offending programme was Anna Richardson and her fringe tellingwomen that the way they look naturally really isn’t good enough, and to be truly loved and accepted by society, you must undertake very expensive and painful procedures. She also uses phrases like ‘bang for your buck’ and ‘Muggins’, which made me wonder if Channel 4 were now employing Del Boy to write scripts for its presenters.


Other such highlights of the programme included ‘Face Yoga’ and ‘Dracula Therapy’, as well as Richardson telling participants that ‘they need a lot more work than that’, to look good.Apparently, this is all done in the name of making women feel truly good about themselves and unlocking their true potential of looking ‘fabulous’ and ‘young’ and as a result it is not done in the name of making women feel comfortable with who they really are, and what they really look like. No, apparently we all need plastic surgery so that we all look like one another - because looking like yourself is so obviously wrong and twisted.


But that’s the crux of it all. Why are we all supposed to look like somebody else? Why can’t we just look in the mirror and say ‘ah, look my face, how lovely and original, there is nobody in the world that has a face exactly like mine, and I am therefore unique and wonderful'. Why, in 2012 did 31,183 people feel the need to have cosmetic surgery for non-medically essential reasons. Why must we be made to feel that what have isn’t good enough and must therefore strive to look identical to somebody we’ve never met and look nothing like. It's ridiculous. Firstly because unless you’re weird and creepy and have stolen somebody’s DNA, it’s literally impossible, and secondly, instead of lusting after Jolie’s lips or Huntington’s eyes, we should be celebrating what we have, not what somebody else has. So shame on you Channel 4 and shame on you Richardson- because people shouldn't be made out of plastic.

Joanna Bateson-Hill

Originating from Brixton, London, I study Theatre and Performance at University of Leeds. I love everything to do with film, theatre and most of all writing, with the occasional bit of swimming thrown in for good measure. I hope to write articles that make people laugh but also make them think. To me, writing is a fun, cheap and healthier form of therapy. I hope that people have as much fun reading my articles as I do writing them, which is a lot.


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