Flesh Wounds: The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery

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abandonment, deformity and, 120–26, 139, 140–41, 301–2n16
abdominoplasty, 267
Abraham, Nicholas, 113, 137–38
Academy Awards, 188–89, 193–94
actor-psyche, and narcissistic personality disorder, 64–65
actors: actresses, 208–13, 280–85; and body fragmentation, 312n5; coherent continuousness within, 228–29; cosmetic surgery on, 208–13, 284–85, 311n21; and eroticization of children, 304n5; as exemplars, 304n4; as forerunners of self-consciousness, 22425; idealization of, 221, 280–85, 313n9; identification with, 153–54, 157–58, 288; metamorphoses of, 194–95; and moviegoing, 311n19; as paradigm, 281; pathologizing of, 304n7; playing themselves, 306n17; portrait photography of, 309n7; public reception of, 148–49; and true self, 152–53. See also celebrities
Adams, Alice, 98
Adams, Parveen, 313n8
adolescents, and body image, 2
advertising: and aging, 28; “average person” and, 159; before-and-after photography used in, 199; celebrity shape-shifting in, 178 ; and celebrity skin, 174–77; and consumption, 51; and idealized female body, 93–94, 95; of “smaller” procedures, 72
aesthetic judgment, diversity of, 31
African Americans, 179
agency: in consumer society, 50–53; cosmetic surgery as, 216–17; and resistance to cosmetic surgery, 61–63
aggressivity: and celebrity surgery, 236–37; Diana's death as show of, 313n10; and ego ideal, 160–61; and identification, 221–26, 222; and look stealing, 226–31; and stalking, 22124, 312n1
aging: of American population, 49; and bad marriages, 269–70; and beauty, 295n18; and body landscape, 42–44; celebrities and, 189, 192–93, 22829; evidence of, 203–4; and face-lifts, 72–76, 99–101; and fantasmatic lost


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