so i'm in the gym yesterday. on the tv screen in front of me is what might be, quite possibly, the most disgusting half hour of tv EVER...aka mtv's "i want a famous face"...you have only to watch one episode of this new reality tv show to know what i'm talking about. in so many ways.
it's bad enough that i have to watch this show, since i'm trapped on a treadmill with no remote control, but i am forced to listen to the following conversation going on next to me.
unnaturally muscular guy #1: can you believe this shit?
unnaturally muscular guy #2: ya, it's out of control.
unnaturally muscular guy #1: what ever happened to accepting yourself the way you are?
unnaturally muscular guy #2: ya, man...
of course, these are the same guys who just spent the previous hour lifting unnaturally heavy weights to achieve their unnaturally muscular frame, and are now running 6 miles to burn off any excess fat...who wants a six-pack when you can have an 8-pack, dude?
i work out in west hollywood, the mecca of all things surgically enhanced, and i will tell you that these are the same guys who stare longingly at every barbie doll who happens to walk by. which happens quite often.
which introduces an even more troubling issue -- do these guys think that the women they're ogling are actually born that way??? can they even string rational thoughts together in order to come to the conclusion that these pieces of ass in front of them (and in most of the movies and magazines they're most likely jerking off to) have been through similar, if not the same, processes as those which they are watching on the tv???
by no means am i condemning cosmetic surgery -- just the people who do not recognize it when they see it and then expect women to look like that naturally and then question why most women are completely dissatisfied with their bodies and therefore putting themsleves through all sorts of physical and emotional pain in order to achieve otherwise unachievable results.
cosmetic surgery is here to stay -- sure the human race might ultimately be better off without it, but the same can be said of almost every technological advance -- now that we have cell phones and boob jobs we can hardly expect people to choose payphones or falsies. of course there are the exceptions. there are people who don't own televsions or shop in grocery stores. in this society they are commonly referred to as freaks.
wouldn't it be nice if the whole world could just turn it's back on new developments, return to the time of actual communication between human beings, grow our own carrots and lima beans...well, ya, but mcdonald's tastes too damn good. and i really like being able to get strawberries in the middle of winter.
so what am i saying, exactly? i don't know.
no, really. i don't know.