Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The (bluest) eyes have it

"Adults, older girls, shops, magazines, newspapers, window sign - all the world had agreed that a blue-eyed, yellow-haired, pink-skinned doll was what every girl child treasured. 'Here,' they said, 'this is beautiful, and if you are on this day "worthy" you may have it.'" - Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Is achieving idealized beauty worth a laser to the eye? For some, the answer is yes, based on comments to articles about an LA doctor's new procedure that turns brown eyes blue:
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) -- If you've always wanted blue eyes, but have brown instead, there might be something you can do to change that.
A doctor in Laguna Beach called Stroma Medical says it can use laser technology to change brown eyes to blue -- permanently -- without damaging vision.
Dr. Gregg Homer has been working on the technology for 10 years. Read more...
When it comes to body image, we live in "don't like it, then change it" times. Suffering from thin hair, laugh lines or a flat ass? That's nothing hair extensions, Botox and booty surgery cannot "fix." But in the age of the dramatic makeover, we shouldn't stop analyzing why certain looks have more social currency than others.


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