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The Cosmetic GazeBody Modification and the Construction of Beauty$
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Bernadette Wegenstein

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262232678

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262232678.001.0001

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Machinic Sutures: Twenty-First-Century Technologies of Beauty

Machinic Sutures: Twenty-First-Century Technologies of Beauty

(p.109) 3 Machinic Sutures: Twenty-First-Century Technologies of Beauty
The Cosmetic Gaze

Bernadette Wegenstein

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Machinic suture refers to the operations through which the true self can be transformed into a desired human body through augmented realities. This chapter attempts to thematically connect an individual’s outer appearance with his or her inner soul. Cosmetic surgery was developed to surgically provide the desired beautiful body to an individual. All over the world, makeovers and reality shows are driving some men and many women to go under the surgeon’s knife in order to appear young, refreshed, and beautiful. This change makes them sociologically more acceptable in their community.

Keywords:   Machinic suture, reality shows, Cosmetic surgery, makeovers

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