Cosmetic Surgery and feminism are two very strong words that constantly stir up a commotion when put together in a sentence. Undoubtedly, strident feminists would see cosmetic surgery, especially operations to enhance a woman’s boobs as merely a product of an image-obsessed culture that not only dictates women must look perfect at all times –  but more importantly,  for the enjoyment of men.

It’s understandable where they are coming from. As a matter of fact, at times, it can be difficult to reconcile the words “I swear, I’m doing this for me – honest!”  with a new pair of breasts, or even modified genitals.

It’s so unfortunate that many people in society simply fail to believe that a woman would fork out thousands of dollars for a new set of labia solely for the benefit of her wellbeing.   

Yes, some may say that this stigma is still somewhat in the grey area. 

Nevertheless, cosmetic surgery is not all about recreating the way we were. For some, their goals for undergoing certain procedures are not necessarily to be prettier, but to feel confident.

Cosmetic procedures are not a betrayal, but the right of each individual to be successful and look their best. 

The fact is – feminism is about choice, acknowledging your desires and not being pressured into doing anything out of your comfort zone. Who is anybody to take anything away from you if it’s something that makes you feel good about yourself?

If I had to stare into the mirror every day to only despise my very non-existent boobs and unfeminine figure – would the desire for bigger breasts contradict my inherent feminist beliefs?

For all the rhetoric of “love the skin you’re in” and the like, is it that wrong to improve it a little and love yourself more? It is important to eradicate the lame stigma that asserts women only have cosmetic surgery for the attention of men – as opposed to increasing your own self-esteem.

Besides, when society gets the right and authority to tell women what to do and what not to do with regards to her appearance, this, my friend, is a very dangerous territory zone to be entered. 

Reaching out to cosmetic surgery isn’t anti-feminist at all, but refuting a woman’s right to do so is.  And let’s face it; we all need help, don’t we?  To deny this fact is to denounce sisterhood itself. 

Fleur is a content editor for Beverly Wilshire Medical & Dental Centre, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is a contributor to Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre’s blog and passionate about advocating for cosmetic surgery.

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