Comment 72744

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted January 05, 2012 at 11:46:12 in reply to Comment 72726

I can deeply sympathize. If my acne had been much worse as a teenager, I might have needed a perscription. Believe me, it's physically painful. There's social consequences, too, since people tend to make the best assumptions about 'good looking' people, and much less kind assumptions about everyone else. This is a serious matter of privilege, and it can affect any area of your life.

What worries me about things like CEO plastic surgery coverage is the standard they set. Not only does it normalize a "perfect" appearance within elite circles, but also strengthens the associations between any kind of "abnormality" and social exclusion.

Think about what dental benefits have done to the smiles of different economic classes. Not only are "bad teeth" often a consequence of being poor (often quite a serious one), but they've also taken on additional risks because of what they show about your 'background'.

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