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Dr. 90210

Dr. 90210 is a reality show featuring a typical day of a well-known plastic surgeon living in Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California. Dr. 90210 is focused on Dr. Robert Ray and the procedures he performs and the patients that they are performed on. There are eventually many other featured plastic surgeons and their procedures/stories that are intertwined throughout the episodes. A typical show will have about two patients, each explaining what procedure they want done and why, along with a quick background of themselves. The show then shows them meeting one of the featured plastic surgeons, the actual procedure, the recovery stage, the before and after photos, and a quick recap of the life of the patient after they are healed up from surgery. Also, the featured plastic surgeon’s ‘complicated’ lives are taped when they are outside of the operating room. In this episode patient Jay, a male entertainer, visited Dr. Jason Diamond for rhino plasticity and a chin implant and Liz, a stripper/dancer, came to visit Dr. Robert Ray for a breast augmentation
This show is produced by E! but shown by many other cable network channels. I watch this show usually late at night, when many other young adults are still up as well. This episode is targeted to young adults, both sexes but more of an influence on women, who are fairly wealthy and live a healthy and fit lifestyle and always strive to look their best. The commercials aired include many weight-loss supplements, workout equipment, beauty products, etc.

This show exposes how media can skew an image of beauty in both women and men. Dr. 90210 is all about changing people to make them more ‘beautiful’. Shows like this encourage plastic surgery, eating disorders and anything else people do to make themselves more appealing to society. In Feminism is for Everybody, bell hooks states that “Feminist struggle to end eating disorders has been an ongoing battle because our nation’s obsession with judging females of all ages on the basis of how we look was never completely eliminated.? This show proves her statement; by enforcing that large breasts, straight noses, plump lips, and thighs and butts without an ounce of cellulite on them is beautiful and showing it on national television. Most of the patients are living in Beverly Hills or the surrounding area and are rich and already considered beautiful. For most, this isn’t their first plastic surgery and they just continue to find little things to fix and keep returning for more operations. For instance, in this episode, Liz wanted to have a breast augmentation already had one a few years before, but wanted bigger breasts because it was considered more beautiful and appealing in her industry (stripping).
Jay’s story really stood out to me because he was a male wanting plastic surgery on his nose. I think he was embarrassed to be getting plastic surgery because he said he wanted it so he could breathe better during his routines, but it was obvious he just really wanted to look better. When the doctor suggested a chin implant because it would, “make you look more masculine and add an image of ten pounds of muscle to your body.? Jay jumped right on this idea. This shows that men have pressures to look more beautiful too, but more in a masculine, brawny sort-of-way.
In many of these episodes patients explain that they are getting these procedures done because they want to and they’re only doing it for themselves. In Feminist Frontiers, Debra Gimlin explains that, “Rather, they alter their bodies for their own satisfaction, in effect utilizing such procedures to create what they consider a normal appearance, one that reflects a normal self.? (Pg. 113) This quote proves that yes, patients are getting plastic surgery for themselves, but the real reason is because society has changed the image of beauty so people think that being a size 2 with large, silicon breasts and an unwrinkled face is beautiful. People are beginning to see this as the “norm? and feel the need to look “normal.? Even the plastic surgeons and their families are beautiful. Dr. Robert Ray’s wife was twig thin (who he admits is 93 pounds) with unproportioned breasts and some obvious facial work. While showing a day in the life of Dr. Ray, his wife is at home alone in a huge mansion stuck taking care of their two children and cooks for him, but he never gets home in time for dinner because he goes to his karate lessons all night. Gender roles are portrayed throughout this show in Dr. Ray’s life and also Dr. Diamond’s. Dr. Diamond is married to Jessica, who is also a doctor. In this episode, they are looking for a house and talking about having children. Dr. Diamond states immediately that when they do have kids he wants his wife to quit her job and stay at home with the kids. Jessica doesn’t seem like she wants to quit, but doesn’t express her opinion much to her husband. By showing these strict gender roles and the sexist defined notions of beauty portrayed in the media it only encourages women to serve and obey their husbands and continues to distort viewers’ mind of what beauty really is.

Comments

It must be horrible being married to a plastic surgeon, because of the implication that unless you look like the images he creates with his surgery, you are not 'beautiful' or 'good enough'. I've read about Dr Ray and his wife. She really doesn't seem happy. He seems to keep himself so busy that he just doesn't feel his own unhappiness (much) either.

I think it's pretty sad how plastic surgery has become so normaized and mainstream.

I dont think your right Rebecca.

Women and men select their mate upon natural selection. A plastic surgeon, is obviously a man that has status, status equals power, power means influence. A beautiful woman isnt going to go after a man that cannot 1) provide for her (survival). 2) Be a good candidate to create offspring. Bottom line is that women love men with money :)

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