genital cosmetic surgery
One of the things that's kept me from blogging recently - aside from family concerns, work, and all the ordinary stuff that keeps people from blogging - is this paralysis that comes when I find a story I want to blog about and then think "oh but there've been SO MANY I've missed, and some have been WAY more important than this..." and then this one gets missed as well.
Not today. Today a story got me angry me and I'm going to blog about it despite the fact that many other much more important stories have happened. I'm going to blog about this one because it grabbed me and if I don't dive in I might never blog again.
I learned it from Dr. Petra Boynton and as I read her post I heard Garrison Keillor's voice in my head and instead of being soothed I was outraged, and so now I'm blogging.
What I heard in my head: That's the news from Dallas/Fort Worth, where the breasts are too droopy, the faces are too wrinkly, and all the labia are above average.
The real story: A news anchor at the Dallas/Fort Worth CB 33 tv station read a story featuring a local woman and a local plastic surgeon. Here is a link to the video and story.
For release November 10, 2008
We will be protesting to draw attention to this issue at the office of Dr. Ronald Blatt, 225 E. 64th Street from 12:00 noon to 2:00 on Monday, November 17. Please join us to make a serious public statement.
Research and Monitoring Needed for Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery New View Campaign demands Government and Medical Associations Examine Effects of Unregulated Genital Procedures: Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation, Designer Vaginoplasty, G-Spot Amplification, Revirgination, and Cosmetic Labiaplasty
New York, NY_ Uncritical publicity about a new, unregulated, unmonitored, and untested genital cosmetic surgery industry has left the public dangerously misinformed, says the New View Campaign, a group opposed to the medicalization of women’s sexuality. Women assume that the new surgeries are safe and effective at their peril. “Surgeons make unsubstantiated claims about their procedures. Genital cosmetic surgery franchising spreads misinformation. Professional organizations, the FTC and the FDA are failing to protect women from harm. Before-and-after photos on clinic websites depict procedures that would be labeled ‘female genital mutilation’ in other parts of the world,” says group spokesperson Leonore Tiefer, Ph.D. a New York psychologist.
“In September, 2007, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology issued a statement claiming ‘it is deceptive to give the impression that [these procedures] are accepted and routine’ and that ‘their safety and effectiveness have not been documented’ yet the advertising and franchising of these procedures has increased. We demand that the FTC limit the advertising activities of these cowboy surgeons until independent research assures consumers that their genital health is not being endangered.”
On November 17 the New View Campaign will stage a protest in front of a NYC cosmetic genital surgeon’s office from 12-2PM. The specific location will be posted on http://newviewcampaign.org on November 16. The group demands new regulations requiring that women requesting these procedures receive adequate information about possible scarring, chronic pain, obstetric risks, loss of genital sensation, reduced erotic pleasure, and post-operative anxieties. It also calls for independent post-procedure research to determine the extent of these adverse reactions.
Education must be a larger part of the informed consent procedures for these surgeries, says Dr. Tiefer and other group members. “Following centuries of sexual misinformation and misogynist genital disgust, women requesting clitoral and labia reduction surgeries need accurate information about the wide range of normal genital configurations and measurements. Women inquiring about “G-Shots” must be told of the scientific controversy surrounding the purported existence of the G-Spot as well as informed of potential dangers.”
For further information contact:
Leonore Tiefer, PhD; Clin Assoc Prof., NYU School of Med 212-533-2774 Leonore.Tiefer@NYUMC.org
Lisa Rubin, PhD, Asst Prof Psychol, New School for Social Reseach, email@example.com
Rachel Liebert, MA, Social-Personality Psych, CUNY Grad Ctr, firstname.lastname@example.org