A poke in the eye with a blunt stick
January 22, 2006 11:14 PM   Subscribe

Eye Talk [embedded video] is better than this. [via]
posted by tellurian (14 comments total)
I can't imagine that jamming a stick in your eyesocket on a daily basis would be better than surgery.
posted by jeblis at 11:33 PM on January 22, 2006

That's awful. What really stinks is the way the surgeon's site claims that 'the desirability of such qualities is uniform across many diverse cultures and is not simply a matter of "Western bias."' Yeah, uh-huh, western-looking eyes are inherently superior, no cultural bias involved. Asshats. Like plastic surgeons everywhere, they stand to make a lot more money from young women who are convinced they need to change in order to look "normal" than those who like themselves the way they are.
posted by George_Spiggott at 11:44 PM on January 22, 2006

Disturbing. Wasn't the Eye Talk procedure mentioned in Taguba's report?
posted by josephtate at 11:49 PM on January 22, 2006

how disturbing
posted by Hands of Manos at 2:07 AM on January 23, 2006

So yeah, it's disturbing and awful in your eyes (no pun intended) but it doesn't involve any surgical procedure. If some people want to look different to the way they were born, aren't they allowed? Doesn't the fact they they don't have to undergo surgical procedure to attain that make it better?
posted by tellurian at 4:21 AM on January 23, 2006

Funny thing is, I know at least a handful of American teen Japanophiles who'd seriously consider the opposite surgery. They're the sort who say "Kawaii!!" every four minutes and seem to survive off pocky alone.
posted by luftmensch at 5:32 AM on January 23, 2006

Why on earth would girls want to make themselves look less asian?! Don't they know that's where hot comes from??
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 7:33 AM on January 23, 2006

A couple more generations raised on Ma-ku-do-na-ru-do and they'll have all sorts of un-asian wrinkles and lines.
posted by shoepal at 8:26 AM on January 23, 2006

Why? "Men noticed me . . . suddenly, I had a life." Tellurian, of course they're allowed and sure in a twisted way alternatives to surgery are better. It still encourages screwed-up priorities as far as I'm concerned. Isn't it much healthier, emotionally, to value oneself and one's romantic partner primarily for qualities other than looks? Long-term happiness and self-esteem ain't gonna come from conforming to an artificial beauty ideal. We're all going to age. Best to focus on qualities that will survive the process.

Damned if I know how to persuade girls and women who are convinced their small eyes or boobs (or whatever) need fixing, though. Or men who encourage women to feel like shit for NOT "fixing" their looks. (Same goes for women who do the same to their men, of course, but my impression is it usually goes the other way.)
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 8:35 AM on January 23, 2006

My mom had the eyelid surgery done and said that in Korea it was commom for girls to use small slivers of tape to achieve some sort of eyelid crease. She actually had money saved for me to have the same surgery but I declined.
posted by mrs.pants at 8:50 AM on January 23, 2006

What's really scary is the thought of these women doing an Eye-Talk application while driving!
posted by tritisan at 11:02 AM on January 23, 2006

dang! I thought she had pretty eyes before the poking.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:09 PM on January 23, 2006

i went to an early tet celebration party last weekend. this surgery was discussed by several chinese ex-pat women. they all wanted it. i was mystified. they were all convinced they would be more attractive with the surgery, and that being their idea of however much more attractive the sugery would make them feel justifies it. i just don't know quite how to process this revelation.
posted by 3.2.3 at 12:45 PM on January 23, 2006

ow... all the poking, prodding and peeling. this looks worse than when i first got contacts.
posted by Doorstop at 12:47 PM on January 23, 2006

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