"WTF" of the day: Abortion vs. Botox

A writer compares a woman's reproductive rights to plastic surgery.

Published January 27, 2009 9:30PM (EST)

Hey, kids! It's time for the classic "Sesame Street" game "One of These Things Is Not Like the Other." Let's see if you can figure out which thing just doesn't belong: 1) Botox injections, 2) Breast implants and 3) Abortion.

If you guessed "abortion," you're absolutely right! This installment of the game comes courtesy of Mary Rambin, a NonSociety blogger who, unfortunately, did not get the answer right. She thinks all three are alike. In a post titled "My Botox, My Body," she defends her choice to have Botox injected in her forehead at the ripe age of 26:

I site [sic] Roe v. Wade because it serves as a marker of people accepting (maybe not respecting) a woman’s right to choose. Although abortion is still an issue at the forefront, it’s notable the Supreme Court recognized women should be able to do what they feel is right for themselves. Cosmetic procedures should be viewed in the same light.

Don't women already have the legal right to choose to have plastic surgery? Last I checked, that right wasn't at all endangered. Did I miss a slew of anti-plastic surgery legislation? Protests outside of Dr. 90210's office? Violent attacks on plastic surgeons and their patients? Or, is it just that Rambin thinks her Restylane injections should be publicly funded?

She then sets up a face-off (hah) between plastic surgery and abortion: "Not to mention the procedures are in no way effecting [sic] another human being, so the severity of the issue is considerably less." In other words, Botox doesn't harm the unborn, so it should be less controversial than abortion? (Nevermind that it is.)

Judging that this section of the post is titled "Social Tolerance," I suspect that her ultimate point is that women shouldn't be judged harshly for having plastic surgery. But, like it or not, people will judge; no one is going to rally the thought police just so that some women can go under the knife without fearing judgment. More important, as Amelia at The Frisky points out: "People can especially judge you for making absolutely insane and ridiculous and insulting and disturbing correlations between cosmetic surgery and the right to choose."

By Tracy Clark-Flory

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