Feh, says Kate the Curmudgeon, the end of this kind of trend is the second best silver lining of the current financial crisis. First best: Accident rates go way down during gas crunches. and then second: Expensive optional cosmetic surgery might go away and beauty standards will allow women over 35 to raise their eyebrows again.
People I trust not to be goobers get botox treatments and that's usually the gateway for acceptance. If she does it, can't be all bad. WWMFD [mf=my friend) works for me.
But this friend standard isn't changing my mind on botox. In fact, not for most appearance-alterations that involve painful Procedures. It's too much like those National Geographic articles about women putting plates in a hole in their lower lip. Just bizarre.
picture borrowed from here.
Tattoos? Pierced ears? Eh, yeah, okay, WWMFD eventually worked on me and I don't cast a sneering eye on those procedures.
But erasing years doesn't work for me. As many self righteous types say, I worked hard for those crow's feet.
It gets worse. . . I mean, really. From the Times article:
Becky Lee, 39, a Manhattan photographer, declined when a friend asked her — and five other attendants — to have their breasts enhanced. “We’re all Asian and didn’t have a whole lot of cleavage, and she found a doctor in L.A. who was willing to do four for the price of two,” said Ms. Lee, who wore a push-up bra instead.
If one o' my kids brought home a bride who wanted me to go get physically altered beyond a hair cut, just so I'd be prettied up for her ceremony, I'd commence weeping and end up red-eyed and dressed in a black shapeless gown like an Italian widow. I'd go out and buy thick support hose and a pair of orthopedic black shoes just for the occasion.
Note to any future daughters-in-law: Okay dearie, maybe I'd take you up on that offer for a spa treatment, even a manicure. MMm backrub.
But botox--not an option. And no thanks for the gastric bypass surgery, ya Bridzilla.