Length: 1-3 Hours
Level: Intermediate (majors)
Discipline: Psychology, Women's Studies
Author: Karen Webber

15-year old Jenna believes that breast implants are the secret to a successful future. She has asked, and her parents have agreed, to pay for implants as a gift for her 16th birthday. Should she have the implants? This problem examines whether students believe Jenna should proceed¬†with the implants by discussing the advantages and disadvantages of breast implants (including the medical complications) reasons why women pursue cosmetic surgery, and how the thinking about increases in self-esteem are tied to women’s value as a beauty figure.

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