So I am really interested in having a discussion about this article, about a girl who was bullied for her appearance, and an organization that gives kids like her free plastic surgery to "fix" the things that are "wrong" with their appearance so kids will stop bullying them:
Autostraddle — Changing Face: The Ethics Of Free Plastic Surgery For Bullying Victims
I basically agree with what the author of this says: that it feels a lot like victim-blaming, like the kid's appearance is the problem rather than the asshat kids bullying her for it. A lot of kids that age look gawky as they're growing into their unique features, and it kind of bugs me just how different she looks in the second photo, how much more...average and conventionally-pretty she looks. She looks like a completely different person. It's kind of creepy to me.
But as the author also points out, it's kind of idealistic to assume teenagers will stop bullying because someone lectured them on how everyone's face is different and people need time to grow into their features blah blah blah. Maybe she just feels that as long as the bullying stops, it doesn't matter how we do it.
Personally, the implications of this bug me far more though. I hope this doesn't become commonplace. People who have the money to be giving kids free plastic surgery could be spending it to do better things to address the problem of bullying in our schools - things that actually target the bullies rather than the victims.
(Mods: I apologize if, as a debate thread on ethics this is more of a Campaign Bus topic, but I figured it fit better here since this isn't really about politics.)