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Sharon Stone Showcases Her ‘Flapjack Ass’ in Mark Abrahams Images for Harper’s Bazaar US September 2015

Natasha Poly Explores Vagina Dentata & More For Lui Magaziner March 2015

Kim Kardashian As Fertility Goddess? A Politically Incorrect Take On Jean-Paul Goude’s Paper Magazine Images Pt 1

‘Angels’ By Russell James Is 304 Pages Of Nude Artistry

Robyn Lawley in ‘Size Does Matter’ By Kenneth Willardt

Pubic Hair Is Back, Announces The New York Times

Dasha Zhukova’s BDSM Throne Bashing Is Well Deserved

jd Forte’s ‘The Up and Comers’ & A September 11 Women’s Rights Reflection

18 Vaginas & Plenty Of Talking Points On Women’s Bodies After Sydney University Newspaper Censored

Christina Hendricks Talks Flower Shops & Pencil Skirts By Max Abadian for Flare Magazine May 2013

Marilyn Monroe Photographer Bert Stern Looks To Kate Upton As Next Muse

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For Sister Margaret Farley Responsible Pleasure Is Not a Sin

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Wilhelm Reich & Sexual Healing Without Fashion Body Armor

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Female Deception | Vagina or Vajayjay

Emmanuelle Alt & Nudity | Vill Vogue Paris Remain A Sensual Beacon?

Sexy Doublespeak | American Women & Sexual Honesty

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Selita Ebanks | Kanye West | ‘Runaway’ Full Video Embedded

Christina Hendricks Reveals Our Inner Lilith Woman

The Great Wall of Vagina | Learning to Love Our Genitalia

Body Talk | Owning Vulvas, Clits & G-Spots

Orgasmic Female Brain in ‘La Petite Mort’ | Images Nicola Vallotto

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Body Image | Self Esteem

Curvy | Size 0 Models

Ashley Graham Tells TED: I’m Bold, Beautiful & Brilliant Even With Back Fat

Lane Bryant Launches #ImNoAngel Campaign Asking Women To Post Selfie Love Across Social Media

France Debates New Fashion Model BMI Laws & Pro-Ana Websites

Doutzen Kroes Says She’s No Size 0 & Wears Her Curves Proudly

Does Fashion Industry Promote Anorexia? So Models Eat Tissue Paper To Stay Thin?

What’s Wrong With Our Bodies Anyway? Plus Model Magazine Asks

Anorexia in Thirds | 1/3 Die, 1/3 Relapse, 1/3 Recover

Franca Sozzani on Curvy Girls, Sensuality & More Body Types in Fashion

Just Say ‘No’ | Programming Your Brain’s RAS System to Hate Size 0 Fashion Ads

If the Supermodels Are Now ‘Fat’, It’s Time To Reprogram Our Fashion Brains

Cindy Crawford | 90’s Size 6 Supermodels Would Be Plus-Size Today

Pirelli Defines Sensuaity & Fashion Bodies | Arthur Elgort | Karl Lagerfeld

More Anorexia in Kids | Are Girls Afraid of Getting Curves?

‘Black Swan’ | George Balanchine | Battling BMI Beauty in Ballet

‘Just Being a Woman’ | Isabelle Caro Sought Control of Her Body

Lizzie Miller Body Image Model and Beauty Debate Update

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Every Woman Should Own a Copy of “Uncovered” & Watch Meredith Viera’s NBC “Today Show” Interview with Jordan Matter

Body Psychotherapist Ellen Gayda Defines Body Inhabitance | Do You Live In Your Body Or Has It ‘Gone Fishing’?

Science Pursues Ideal Breast Proportions With Strong Concensus Among Men, Women and Doctors

Self Love Is The Best Beauty Lotion Of All Time For Glowing Skin & A Happy Smile

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Serena Williams Aces Body Confidence in Beach Shoot & Readers Agree

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Sex & Culture

Erotic Sensuality at its Best - Pt 1 from Vogue Russia

Erotic Sensuality from the Masters - Pt 2 from Bogue Russia

Erotic Sensuality by Master Photographers Pt 3 | Vogue Russia Fall 2012

Kate Upton @ Muse Magazine, Says Gisele Is Footballer’s Wife

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Diet & Health

For a Long, healthy Life, Embrace an Hourglass Figure

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First Impressions, Women and the World of Plastic Surgery

Beatrice Morabito | Making Waves | Modern Aphrodites-1 AOC Private Studio

More and more people, especially women are paying greater attention to their physical appearance – and for  a woman like me, a simple mascara to enhance my eyes and lip gloss are still reflection that we are a product of media and that we embrace changes to our natural physical appearance. According to the American Society for Aethetic Plastic Surgery, almost 9.5 million Americans had received cosmetic procedures in 2010. This is an increase of nine percent in the past year, with surgical procedures accounting for 17 percent of the total.

What was once considered part of the domain of wealthy older women has now become a mainstream option for many individuals, regardless of income bracket or lifestyle. A recent survey has revealed that more than half of Americans approve of plastic surgery. These numbers suggest that many people, regardless of income, marital status or gender, view plastic surgery as a reasonable option.

The World of First Impressions

Cosmetic surgery can have a positive impact on a person if their body image is consistently associated to a negative focus on a body part or facial feature.  An article “Plastic surgery: Beauty or beast?” reminds us that physically attractive people receive preferential treatment and are viewed by others as being more outgoing, dominant and intelligent than their less attractive counterparts.

Yet another survey conducted by Newsweek revealed that 57% of the interviewed hiring managers said that less attractive candidate are likely to have harder time in finding a job. This quick judging of the candidates has only increased in our highly competitive job market. See the effect?

A 2010 study published in Psychological Science suggests that the general public pays more attention to people they find attractive.

Most of us have read that first impressions are made in the first 30 seconds. The reality of human brain science make actually be worse. The Association for Psychological Science writes:

A series of experiments by Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov reveal that all it takes is a tenth of a second to form an impression of a stranger from their face, and that longer exposures don’t significantly alter those impressions (although they might boost your confidence in your judgments).

Women, Men and Cosmetic Procedures 

Women accounted for 92 percent of all procedures performed in the US in 2010. This amounts to almost 8.6 million cosmetic procedures. The five most common surgical procedures for women were liposuction, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, breast reduction and blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery.

Conversely, men had over 750,000 cosmetic procedures, a majority of which were rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, liposuction, cosmetic ear surgery and breast reduction for enlarged male breasts.

Weighing out the Benefits and Consequences of Plastic Surgery

Doctors are aware of the psychological drama affecting the lives of their patients, and as such, it has become a crucial factor when assessing a patient. If you’re considering plastic surgery, you must ask yourself what you hope to achieve.

Bump Filter by Chaim Zvi @ FlickrIn other words, while cosmetic surgery can improve a patient’s body, these procedures carry no guarantee of personal happiness or improved self-image.

The Real Face of Plastic Surgery

Anyone interested in plastic surgery should consider the benefits and consequences of the procedure. For some plastic surgery can be a life-enhancer. For others, plastic surgery can change them for the worst. While many people have resorted to plastic surgery in hopes of finding some peace of mind or happiness after the procedure are satisfied with the outcome, some emerge scarred and deformed.

People turn to plastic surgery for various reasons. But, for women like Heidi Montag, plastic surgery became an obsession which stemmed from a childhood filled with insecurities. After arriving in Hollywood, she underwent almost a dozen cosmetic procedures which ranged from breast augmentation to neck liposuction. While the operation seemed to be a success (or not?), Montag later confessed regretting her surgeries that left her body disfigured and scarred.

The same can be said for Cindy Jackson, who resorted to plastic surgery to alter almost every part of her body. At the age of fifty-five, Jackson has had fifty-two cosmetic procedures ranging over a twenty-three year span. To date, Jackson is the current record holder for the most cosmetic procedures in the world. Jackson’s philosophy about her body is simple— she didn’t like the way she looked, so she used everything within her means to change her appearance. But, is resorting to such extreme measures as plastic surgery as a vehicle for self-improvement the “right” message to send to women and girls around the world?

In recent headlines, self-proclaimed “Human Barbie”, also known as Sarah Burge found herself at the center of a media storm after she gave her seven year old daughter a voucher for breast augmentation as a birthday present. Many critics have commented that the self-confessed plastic surgery addict is setting a poor example for her daughter and girls around the world.

In Tim Zim’s Photostream @ FlickrCosmetic surgery is performed on millions of Americans every year for both aesthetic and medical reasons. The final outcome of medically necessitated surgery is different from cosmetic surgery. When cosmetic surgery is required for medical reasons, the objective is whether or not the problem has been corrected. In 2008, Connie Culp became the first US recipient of a full face transplant to rebuild a face which had been destroyed by a shotgun blast years prior. A year later, Charla Nash became the third recipient of a full-face transplant in the US, after her face was destroyed when she was attacked by a friend’s pet chimpanzee. For both women, the surgery allowed them to live more comfortably with a reconstructed face and jaw.

Women like Heidi Montag, Cindy Jackson and Sarah Burge have demonized the word “plastic surgery” in the minds of many people. Their use (or abuse) of plastic surgery has caused the world to view them with contempt, not because of their eagerness to undergo numerous and unnecessary medical procedures. Rather, because of the relative ease these women are able to agree to having so much of their bodies cut away, pulled and stitched back together, that one can’t help but wonder if they will ever be satisfied with their bodies. Conversely, in women like Connie Culp and Charla Nash, plastic surgery was a life saving miracle which gave them a deeper appreciation for the bodies that they had and the resolute determination to enjoy the bodies which plastic surgery has returned to them.

Realistically, the majority of us don’t exist in either camp. A totally narcissistic, self-absorbed woman whose face is stretched tighter than a steel drum most likely isn’t reading AOC.  Simply stated, we enjoy looking our best and are quite realistic about the expectations surrounding successful, engaged women and men in today’s world. Many of us might cry “say it isn’t so”, but psychological and sociological research isn’t on our side. Positive first impressions and more of just about everything are connected in life.  Anne

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Hi, thanks so very much for these suggestions!...

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