Every argument against cosmetic surgery is wrong

If the problem isn’t the money and it isn’t the risk, then what is it? About a year ago I put this very question to the members of the Facebook page Being Liberal when the topic of plastic surgery came up, asking how people who consider themselves to be politically liberal could be so judgmental about what people choose to do with their own bodies.

After setting aside spurious arguments about cost and risk, the most common responses fell into three categories:

1) People who elect to have cosmetic procedures must be insecure.

2) People who elect to have cosmetic procedures must be shallow and care more about looks than who they are “inside” as a person.

3) People who elect to have cosmetic procedures are reinforcing the more systemic problem of looksism and narcissism in our culture, and are symptomatic of culture that constantly tells people that they aren’t attractive unless they look a certain way.