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.
|State||Published - Apr 16 2012|
|Event||Broadcast Education Association - Las Vegas, NV|
Duration: Apr 16 2012 → Apr 16 2012
|Conference||Broadcast Education Association|
|Period||04/16/12 → 04/16/12|