Plastic : The Body Image

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Plastic (2008) is a short film that focuses on women’s most common obsession: body image. Body image is an issue many women struggle with on a daily basis. Viewers, especially women, can relate to the topic of insecurities about their own body image. In today’s society, more women are searching for a “quick fix” to put an end to their insecurities. Cosmetic plastic surgery is a quick solution to solve body image issues like small breast, wrinkled skin, and even a nose that is too pointy. Plastic illustrates a scenario where a woman changes her body’s appearance to imitate her idea of beauty. Women are drawn to the fairy tale idea that cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery will enhance their features overnight. Plastic gives a simple…show more content…
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery differ greatly. Cosmetic surgery is designed to enhance “appearance through surgical and medical techniques” (“About Cosmetic Surgery”). Cosmetic surgery is the solution most women seek to put an end to their insecurities. Plastic surgery is categorized as “reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns and disease” which is different from cosmetic surgery (“About Cosmetic Surgery”). Plastic surgery is needed, while cosmetic surgery is wanted. Breast implants, Botox injections, and nose jobs are categorized as cosmetic surgeries. These surgeries are often heard about when referring to celebrities. Thanks to celebrity influence, cosmetic surgery seems to be the only reasonable conclusion in the minds of young women.
Plastic uses a literary element, satire, to bring light to the issue of body image. The film uses humor to show that body image does not always have to be a serious issue. Humor has the power to change a very serious situation into a more lighthearted situation as it does in Plastic. The film mocks the idea of changing one’s body by simply sculpting it like clay. Even though it is illustrated mockingly, this idea of body contouring is engraved in the minds of some young women. Cosmetic surgery gives individuals the power to change the simplest feature they do not find attractive about of
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