Treating differences in looks as a deformity or disease which needs to be fixed or cured is a common marketing tactic used by the cosmetic surgery and injectables industry.

Philosopher and physician Dr Yves Saint James Aquino joins us to discuss the concept of pathologising ugliness, and his research behind doctors using medical terms to suggest cosmetic surgery is a need.

It is a huge topic to explore, and we touch on bullying, abnormal vs normal, “fixing” our healthy bodies, shifting beauty standards, trends, and Asian features being pathologised.

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Published: 12 February 2024