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Zur Legitimität der Ästhetisch-Plastischen Chirurgie
Professionalität, Körperlichkeit und Anerkennung in brasilianischen Waxing Studios Berlins
Zur Geschichte und Ethik der Forschung an Häftlingen seit 1945
Philosophie und Ethik wunscherfüllender Medizin
Series: KörperKulturen

. According to media scholar Bernadette Wegenstein (2013) and her theory of a human cosmetic gaze, we look at ourselves and others as incomplete and with an abstract yet ideal face outside the concrete face. The cosmetic gaze is subject to historical and media contexts, meaning that the technological possibilities at hand are likely to affect the human perception of the face. Blas himself also sees a resemblance between biometric surveillance and the historical physiognomy: “Capture technologies and their global standards of identification insidiously return us to

Sensors 153 Culturing non-human relations Two of the projects in the workshop (c and d mentioned earlier) looked at human- environment interactions and explored ways of registering these. One of these aimed to explore how the chemical composition of sweat might be detected for indicators that would demonstrate how humans act as vectors for the distribution of consumer substances in environments. An example would be the emission of chemicals from cosmetics or foods through sweat into the sea and air or onto the surface of plants. This project again didn’t result in


cosmetic products. The decline of outward appearance can apparently be stopped or even re- versed by the ennoblement of the individual with the aid of cosmetic prod- ucts. Purchasable rejuvenating substances are assimilated by the body, which too will become younger and more beautiful (in the event of con- sistent and intensive use of rejuvenating cosmetic products, the consumer would be re-incarnated at some stage as a baby or in a previous life). By seasonally renewing consumption of fashionable clothing, the individual takes part in the new at a personal level

in the pop music business. This is when perfume, among other cosmetic and fashion products, comes into play. Fragrances are developed and thrown on the market to fill the last voids that fame has not yet reached. Perfume is an extension of the audiovisual aura. If sound and vision are inextricably intertwined in pop music, perfumes can help to reinforce or extend specific multimedia images of pop stars as ol- factory supplements. It is salient to stress that in the pop pluriverse, scents and fragrances do not exist on their own, just like pop music is being

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, energy, and material resources in trying to achieve a socially pleasing body that conforms to prevailing normative stan- dards. Women far outnumber men in incidents of eating disorders, chronic diet- ing, and cases of cosmetic surgery. Young women are disproportionately af- fected by poor self-esteem, self-harming behaviour, and other mental health problems. As we shall see, women are more frequently, if not constantly, hin- dered by disruptions as a result of experiences of a heightened sense of both bo- dily invisibility and visibility within social relations

standardi- sierten Idealen kaukasischer Schönheit. Es ist klar, dass sich jede Schönheitsoperation auf Standards von kör- perlichem Aussehen und Definitionen des »normalen« oder »gesunden« Körpers bezieht. Bei genauerer Untersuchung können wir sehen, wie diese 10 | Ebd., S. 4. 11 | Napoleon N. Vaughn: »Psychological Assessment for Patient Selection«, in: Harold E. Pierce (Hg.), Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Nonwhite Patients, New York 1982, S. 245-251. 12 | Vgl. Arthur Sumrall: »An Overview of Dermatologic Rehabilitation: The Use of Corrective