Last night as I was relaxing for a few minutes and cruising through some of the TV programs on cable, I came across the silliest program. It's a Canadian show called "Plastic Makes Perfect". The premise of the show is the question as to whether or not plastic surgery, which is used to improve our flaws, might also improve our self-esteem and the quality of our lives. But the show has a twist -- it is actually a bit of tongue-in-cheek approach at plastic surgery. Pros and cons of the surgical procedures are discussed, and the "patients" are interviewed at length, as well as the people in their lives. During the course of the program, hidden camera experiments are conducted, and in last night's show a young woman named Kristina, with "A" cup size breasts, was interviewing people at a fruit stand. When she tried to attract people in her "natural" size, folks walked right past and ignored her. However, when she was artifically enhanced with a padded bra, people stopped to speak to her. She was actually compared to lemons and melons. After the experiment, the young woman decided she would have plastic surgery to have her breasts enlarged. Her boyfriend did not want her to do it, saying he loved her the way she was. I thought he was very sweet -- definitely a keeper.
Several men were interviewed, and almost all of them said they preferred women with breast implants. They didn't care if the woman's breasts were real or plastic, they preferred them larger. I thought that was rather strange, considering the fact that the young woman's boyfriend did not want her to enlarge her breasts artificially. There was some strange dichotomy going on there. When questioned, these same men said they were not concerned that once a woman has artificial breast implants, she loses some -- if not all -- sensation in her breasts. These men sounded like boobs to me, and I don't believe most men would be that -- callous.
Nothing expresses a woman's femininity more than her breasts. I remember in adolescence, all of my friends and I watched and waited. What were we going to end up with? Who would be wearing a bra first, and what size would it be? How would we compare? Small or large, perfect or perhaps not so perfect -- lemons or melons -- they are part of the mystery that makes a woman. And, sometimes overly large, artificial, in-your-face breasts detract from that mystery. However, for women who feel compelled to have artificial breast enhancement, I hope they are doing it for all the right reasons.