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Monday, January 15, 2007

The emasculation of America continues apace. (Part Two)

Somehow, fellas, I don't think we'll get any help from the ladies on how to be men...

AFP: American men increasingly seek cosmetic surgery
Once considered a woman's domain, cosmetic surgery is increasingly attracting American men keen on remaining competitive in the workplace, improving their love life or getting rid of physical hangups.

With procedures for droopy eyelids, bulging love handles and over-sized breasts, more men are readjusting their bodies to enhance their looks and stack the odds in their favor career-wise.
"It's much more acceptable in society today for men to seek plastic surgery," Dr Phillip Haeck, a plastic surgeon in the western state of Washington, told AFP.

"There is an incredible push for men to smell good, to have smoother skin and coincidentally to pay more attention to how they look," said Haeck, 53, who underwent surgery on his eyelids two years ago and who has seen a 19 percent increase in male clients in the last five years.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the total number of cosmetic procedures on men grew by 16 percent between 2000 and 2005 with breast reduction, tummy tuck, lip augmentation, eyelid surgery and liposuction among the most popular.

Breast reduction surgery, for example, increased by 17 percent between 2004 and 2005 and liposuction by 10 percent. Tummy tuck surgeries grew by 37 percent between 2004 and 2005 and by 156 percent between 2000 and 2005 while lip augmentation jumped by 61 percent between 2004 and 2005 and by 458 percent between 2000 and 2005.

Tom, 51, of Philadelphia, said he decided in December to confront his lifelong hangup about his large breasts by undergoing surgery, and he has not looked back since.

"It's like a ton of bricks lifted," said Tom, a construction supervisor who did not want his last name used and who paid 4,000 dollars for the procedure. "It was such a psychological relief to have this done.

"I went out of the house for the first time this week with just a T-shirt on," he added. "When I was growing up, I would never take my shirt off anywhere and when I got married and had kids, I never went to the beach or learned to swim because of that."

Boo-hoo, Nancy.

Dr Mark Solomon, a plastic surgeon in the eastern state of Pennsylvania, said he believes the baby boomer generation is behind men seeking "six-pack abs" and youthful looks beyond their 40s, 50s and even 60s.

"Competition for jobs continues to increase at an intense pace with people trying to maintain their level of advancement both professionally and personally, and more people are divorced than ever before," Solomon said. "People are also less concerned today about appearing feminine."

Exactly!

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First of all, the word is SEX, not GENDER. If you are ever tempted to use the word GENDER, don't. The word is SEX! SEX! SEX! SEX! For example: "My sex is male." is correct. "My gender is male." means nothing. Look it up. What kind of sick neo-Puritan nonsense is this? Idiot left-fascists, get your blood-soaked paws off the English language. Hence I am choosing "male" under protest.

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