Attaining the Unreal: The Mainstreaming of Plastic Surgery on Reality Television

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This paper traces the sharp rise in network and cable television programming centered on plastic surgery between 2000-2010. The study takes a feminist approach to a textual analysis of the reality programming. Attention is paid to the changing hegemonic beauty standards for women as portrayed on reality TV. Findings show a limited view of “beauty” on such programming. Programs focus almost exclusively on white female subjects, framing other races and ethnicities as less aesthetically pleasing and, therefore, relegating non-whites to a status of “otherness.” Plastic surgery is naturalized and normalized within the programming, while health risks and economic barriers are downplayed.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Apr 16 2012
EventBroadcast Education Association - Las Vegas, NV
Duration: Apr 16 2012Apr 16 2012


ConferenceBroadcast Education Association


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