From a BBC documentary that I watched last night I discovered that the fastest growing area of plastic surgery is vaginal plastic surgery. It is mostly done by young women, sometimes as young as 16. The go in for this kind of surgery because they believe that their vaginas are "not pretty enough."
As shocking as the story was (I mean, who even knew this was happening?), the worst part of the documentary was the journalist's analysis of the reasons why this procedure is so popular. Instead of trying to understand where this comes from, the journalist relied on the rhetorical device I call "the media is the devil." As soon as I heard the worn-out and deeply annoying mantra "We are daily bombarded by the images of perfect women," I turned off the television. Perfect women, maybe. But perfect vaginas? The only place you can find images of vaginas is porn. And porn's attitude normally is: "Any vagina is a good vagina."
There must, of course, be a reason why young women dislike their sexual organs so much. I believe that a responsible plastic surgeon would be well advised to send these women to counseling in order to find out whether they have been victims of rape or sexual molestation. There is no doubt in my mind that the majority of these patients have a history of sexual assault. It would have been great if the documentary at least tried to go in this direction.