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Eyespy: October 2005

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0510396 (Published 01 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:0510396

The British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has warned that people are being lured into' having cosmetic surgery by the clinics and companies that profit. Nearly half of all women and a quarter of men in tire United Kingdom are willing to con-, sider surgery to make themselves look more beautiful at the possible cost of complications and lifelong damage. Competitions in magazines now offer surgery as prizes. Zoo encouraged its young male readers to send in pictures of their girlfriends' breasts and to name the celebrity cleavage that they d prefer. The prize was £4000 worth of breast augmentation (www.guardian.co.uk).

Oppression and exploitation harm the oppressors as “ well as those they oppress: Debbi Stanistreet at Liverpool University and colleagues found that patriarchal attitudes and practices might explain half the discrepancy in life expectancy between the sexes. The researchers compared the rates of murders of women and death in men in 51 countries in all continents, hypothesising that the rate of violence against women is an indicator of societal dominance of men over women, otherwise known as patriarchy. They adjusted rates for wealth of the country. Gross domestic product accounted for 14% of the variation in death rates in men. But murder …

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