Beauty Standards Can Kill: Women's Deadly Desire to Enhance Their Derriere

A small but nonetheless not insignificant number of women who want rounder, bigger bottoms are truly embracing dangerous ways of getting there. First, a young British model died after she flew to a foreign country for an injection of silicone administered illegally.

Now a report in the UK's "Sun" says that thousands of British women are taking a dangerous group of over-the-coutner treatments that claim to contain chicken plumping chemicals. But as Jezebels' Anna North points out:  

Sold under names like Star Curves, Big Beautiful Butt Formula, and Brand New Booty, they claim to be herbal versions of the chicken-chunking compounds, but since they're unregulated, they could contain all manner of poison. Basically, don't take them.

Norht's point that the humor in these stories belies a serious problem--in fact, we still live in a world where extraordinary appearance actually affect's women's ability to be successful. Several celebrities, from the skinny Kate Moss to the curvy Kim Kardashian, have leaped to fame partially on the calling carf of their remarkable-looking figures.

While these women seeking implants or weird diet supplements are certainly making a personally risky choice, it's unfortunately the kind of risky choice often rewarded by society.

Read more at Jezebel.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at February 14, 2011, 4:38am

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