Essay about Body Modification Is a Form of Self-Mutilation

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Body Modification Is a Form of Self- Mutilation
Summary-Response Essay One can't look in a magazine nor watch television without seeing the trend. It has become the newest trend in western civilization. Celebrities and the mainstream media glorify it the most. The practice has become as common as women getting their hair done, for some individuals. It is so accessible one or more of these procedures can be acquired by just a trip to the mall. The trend is known as body modification, deliberately altering the body for nonmedical reasons. The most common forms of body modification are tattooing, piercing and cosmetic surgery. Shelia Jeffreys, an associate professor of political science at the University of Melbourne, gives her
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The most popular, common, and hazardous form of mutilation is cosmetic surgery. Due to the sex industry's expansion in the US and male buyers demand, the first silicone injection was created which caused more harm than breast implants. Health risks and issues come with every body modification, some more severe than others. Jeffreys' concluded that any form of body modification is a form of self mutilation which is carried out due to self hate because of male dominated society. Although Jeffreys provides supportive evidence to prove why tattoos, piercing and cosmetic surgery are forms of self-mutilation, she lacks the understanding of long held traditional cultural practices and empathy for those who need plastic surgery because of physical deformities.

The genre being an online article allows Jeffrey to freely express herself, but by doing this Jeffreys fails to put her audiences' personal beliefs and practices into view. Those who have or want body modification are Jeffreys main targets. The purpose of the article is to inform the audience about how piercing, tattooing and cosmetic surgery are all forms of self-mutilation and are carried out by those who self hate. Jeffreys perceives her opinion to be the standard for everyone, which shows she lacks care for her audiences' beliefs. Most individuals do not get tattoos and piercing for deliberate pain nor to modify their flesh. A dominant male society has not made most

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