Ethnic Identity and Plastic Surgery

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Maureen O'Connor, columnist for New York Magazine and The Cut, explores the issues around the rise in plastic surgery among Asian-Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans and what it means for ethnic identity.


Maureen O'Connor

Comments [16]

itsosimpo from Duarte, CA

The double eye-lid gives the person a look of approval that makes them more like-able. On the other hand, the epicanthic fold might make someone look like they are sneering by default and can make people feel uncomfortable.

I think straight hair on a black woman creates an illusion of control, so I can see why many people prefer that look.

Jul. 30 2014 03:20 AM
itsosimpo from duarte, CA

I don't think the eyelid surgery has much to do about race or looking more "western." Double eye-lids create a look of approval, which increases like-ability.

Would you want to hang around someone who looks disapprovingly at you by default?

Jul. 30 2014 03:07 AM
Ben from Queens

Can you slow down the ads running all the time for the "spork" podcast? That guy is seriously annoying, to the point of turning off the radio. Annoyance factor is on par with "On Being," which is bad. Thanks.

Jul. 29 2014 04:27 PM

Love for light skin is not derived from European ideals. All cultures prefer light skin because dark skin is associated with peasant field labor. It's nice to blame whites for everything that we don't like but the skin preference is about class status not race and any culture above subsistence level will have classes.

Jul. 29 2014 01:17 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I thought it was the "epicanthic fold" that was considered characteristic of Asians. Ms. O'Connor's description sounded as if the surgery *added* a fold.

Jul. 29 2014 11:59 AM
Help Me from in NYC

I look a lot like Michael J. Pollard and I'd like to look like Catherine Zeta Jones, can your guest help me?

Jul. 29 2014 11:54 AM
DC from Sunset Park

I wonder if Ms. O'Connor heard about the trend among South Koreans regarding Duck Lips or Sparrow Beaks?

If Black is Beautiful, Asians need something like that. Slit eyes, almond eyes, people come in all shapes and sizes and why should you deny who you are so some white people can judge you?

Jul. 29 2014 11:54 AM
Sadie from NJ

What about the golden ratio and how that applies to the structure of the face? And our perception of beauty?

Jul. 29 2014 11:53 AM
genejoke from Brooklyn

Guess what, Maureen? Different races have different features. It's not a tragedy, and it's okay to discuss. Enough of your ultra-PC b.s.

Jul. 29 2014 11:53 AM
fuva from harlemworld

This is a no-brainer. The tide has not really changed all that much. All races, including whites, are bombarded with and indoctrinated by white supremacism.

Jul. 29 2014 11:52 AM

Breast reduction surgeries are twice as common as enhancements.

Taking a knife to any part of your body in order to conform is sick. The resultant nerve damage often results in permanent numbness. It might be understandable for models and spokespersons but other folks will see it as acceptable behavior. It is not.

Jul. 29 2014 11:52 AM
Meredith from Milford CT

I grew up in a predominantly Jewish community, and a huge percentage of the "cool" girls got nose jobs as a Sweet 16 gift.

Jul. 29 2014 11:50 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Listening to this reporter talk "around" the biological facts of racial difference is hilarious... Political correctness is the comedic gift that keeps on giving.

Jul. 29 2014 11:49 AM

WOW its funny to hear the pussyfooting around the reality that races are different in a PC world.

Jul. 29 2014 11:49 AM

This discussion must not pass without speaking of Michael Jackson.

Jul. 29 2014 11:48 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

How many times do we have to listen to this ridiculous segment? What is the point - that our culture is "bad" in that it influences people to physically change themselves to fit in, or get a job? Or is this segment just a thought piece as in, "hmmm ..."

Jul. 29 2014 11:46 AM

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