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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 05:39 PM
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New children's book takes on mommy's plastic surgery ("My Beautiful Mommy" )
Edited on Thu Apr-17-08 05:39 PM by Kadie
New children's book takes on mommy's plastic surgery
By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press Writer
2 hours, 32 minutes ago


Divorce. Bullies. Foster care. There are books for children on just about every tough subject these days. But mommy's plastic surgery?

A Florida plastic surgeon has written about just that in "My Beautiful Mommy," a picture book due out April 28 that tries to calm the fears of kids with parents getting tummy tucks, breast enhancement procedures and nose jobs.

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"Many parents don't explain to their kids what's going on," said the father of four, with his fifth child on the way. "Children are very perceptive. You can't hide a major surgery from them. When mom goes down for two weeks after a tummy tuck it affects them."

Illustrations show a crook-nosed mom with loose tummy skin under her half shirt picking up her young daughter early from school one day and taking her to a strapping and handsome "Dr. Michael."

Mom explains she's going to have operations on her nose and tummy and may have to take it easy for a week or so. The girl asks if the operations will hurt, and mom replies, "Maybe a little," warning she'll look different after the bandages come off.

The girl asks: "Why are you going to look different?"

Mom responds: "Not just different, my dear prettier!"

more...
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080417/ap_on_re_us/my_beau...



The cover of the children's book "My Beautiful Mommy" is shown in this publicity photo released to Reuters April 17, 2008. A Florida plastic surgeon has written the first known picture book aimed at 4-7 year-olds that seeks to reassure them about Mom going under the knife.
REUTERS/Handout


A page of the children's book 'My Beautiful Mommy' is shown in this publicity photo released to Reuters April 17, 2008.
(Handout/Reuters)







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ProgressiveFool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 05:45 PM
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1. A little bit more of my hope for human-kind just died seeing that /nt
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lukasahero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 08:22 AM
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23. Yeah, that about sums it up
I have no words. :(
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 05:46 PM
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2. uh
Da'yum
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Binka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 05:53 PM
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5. Dr. Michael Salzhauer Is A Shyster
What a GOD DAMN asshole. I'd burn that book and then piss on it.
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Ellen Forradalom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 06:04 PM
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11. A shyster is an unethical lawyer
Salzhauer is a quack. :-)
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Binka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 06:16 PM
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14. OOPs Well He Is a Quackster!
:silly:
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 04:17 PM
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39. It generally is
used to describe a lawyer or a politician, but can be used to describe any unethical person. The root of the word is for someone who defecates (from the German "scheisser"). The book in question appears to have the best potential for use in an outhouse.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 06:13 PM
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13. more fun to pummel him with his own book while singing "I Feel Pretty"
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 06:26 PM
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15. Or we flatten his precious brainpan with a hard-cover Merck manual,
and Rita Cosby can sing "I Feel Pretty". :yourock: :pals:
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 06:32 PM
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16. heheheheh...I can actually picture that
Edited on Thu Apr-17-08 06:47 PM by Solly Mack
chirpy, cheerful music and singing...all in harmony with the thwack - thwack - thwack of the book .... sweet smiling faces...a little dance number...

I feel pretty - THWACK! Oh, so pretty - THWACK! I feel pretty, thwack - and witty, thwack - and bri-ight. Thwack, Thwack, Thwack!
and I pity - THWACK! Any girl who isn't me tonight. THWACK - spin -THWACK - kick - THWACK!


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Bettie Donating Member (774 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 05:50 PM
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3. Wow....
Way to indoctrinate the little ones. The little girls especially can 'see' early on that the only way to be beautiful is to have a doctor surgically MAKE you beautiful. Natural beauty is just not enough, you've got to be "magazine perfect".
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Beausoleil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 10:13 AM
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29. Bingo! That is the point, I believe
drumming up future business.

There's got to be a great market for post-pubescent boob jobs!
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Iris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 05:51 PM
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4. Wonder if there will be as much outcry as with "Heather Has Two Mommies"
Edited on Thu Apr-17-08 05:51 PM by Iris
somehow, I doubt it.

Why not a book in which the little girl is told she will need to help out around the house some so that mommy can get in some exercise every day so that mommy can be healthy and live longer? Or maybe, given the author is a man, they could also show the dad pitching in around the house to ensure that mommy gets the 8 hours of sleep she needs in order to keep obesity at bay.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 04:05 PM
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36. Fantastic post. nt
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Bicoastal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 05:56 PM
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6. Another case of life imitating satire...remember this Onion article?
Edited on Thu Apr-17-08 05:57 PM by Bicoastal
Uncanny how similar they are...

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/27973
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 03:42 PM
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34. Amazing!
Maybe the author got the idea for his book from The Onion!
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 06:00 PM
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7. LOLOOLOL
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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 06:02 PM
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8. Plastic surgery should be limited to those who suffer from a disfigurement
Edited on Thu Apr-17-08 06:03 PM by brentspeak
Cosmetic plastic surgery for non-disfigured people is just ridiculous.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 06:04 PM
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9. that is just so very very sad. lordy.... geesh n/t
Edited on Thu Apr-17-08 06:05 PM by seabeyond
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 06:04 PM
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hulklogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 09:32 AM
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26. There actually are books like that, but they deal with the topic in a more sensitive way
than you have.
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Zuiderelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 09:57 AM
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27. I know you didn't mean disrespect by that.
But "Tranny" is not exactly a respectful word to use, and would hardly be acceptable as a book title.



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Runcible Spoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 10:00 AM
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28. jesus fucking christ.
because gender identity issues and cosmetic surgery are, like, SO comparable :eyes:
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 11:29 AM
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Zuiderelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 11:32 AM
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31. Holy FUCK. "they are both the product of extreme vanity.."
Wow... what an asinine and ignorant thing to say.
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Runcible Spoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 03:34 PM
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32. is this forget the sarcasm tag day?
or did you really just type that to be taken seriously?
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 03:39 PM
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33. Nah.
Just a repeat offender.
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Duncan Grant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 03:57 PM
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35. I'll assume you're either a psychiatrist or a surgeon?
Extreme vanity? You obviously have no idea what the professional standards of care are for trans people. Perhaps you should look it up because it's plain to every other LGBT person here at DU that you're woefully uninformed about trans people and their lives.
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 06:08 PM
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12. AAAUGH!!! So really the fucking explanation is "mommy couldn't
Edited on Thu Apr-17-08 06:09 PM by Sugar Smack
fit into her clothes any more"---> This is it, right? I wonder what the rhinoplasty explanation is. I wonder what doc was thinking drawing a perfectly-healthy-looking woman telling her befuddled daughter that "mommy isn't acceptable". Pretty horrifying all around. If the subject had health problems, there you go, there's an explanation, but this book isn't about health in the least bit. Or character, or sanity.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 07:01 PM
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20. "Kleenex costs so much, I'm getting my nose shortened!"
PRE-ORDER Today! Books will ship in time for Mother's Day!
http://www.bigtentbooks.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPR...

"Not just different, my dear prettier!"

sick sick sick. Yes, books about operations are good for kids but give me a break. Shit, all I need to do to get sparkles in my life is Plastic Surgery! Woohoo!

If someone needs plastic surgery, I hope they get it. If someone wants it, well, go for it if you really want it. But what a bunch of superficial crap to give to kids.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 06:34 PM
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17. When my youngest was about 2, I got a perm
When I got home, he took one look at me and burst into tears..

:rofl:
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Binka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 06:55 PM
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19. Ben Cried When I Got A Perm (he was 2 also)
Then I started bawling, it took my hair months to fucking recover!
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 06:46 PM
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18. My Beautiful Mommy, who needs her nose broken with steel rods in 2 places
is so beautiful that she needs plastic pumped into her boobs which will make her so beautiful when the skin on her face is yanked back and stapled down behind her ears and some botchyoulinen neuro toxins are injected subcutame subtu sub- sub-cu-TANE-ously to make her forehead not worried anymore, is SO BEAUTIFUL now after the doctors vacuumed that ugly fat off her hips, that there is not one part of her that I recognize from before.

And when I grow up I will get married to a man who thinks I'm so special and who loves me SO MUCH that he will pay doctors to have me fixed up all over just like my Beautiful Mommy.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 07:04 PM
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21. Self esteem shot? Clothes don't fit? Don't start exercising, get more pretty!
Edited on Thu Apr-17-08 07:05 PM by uppityperson
Teach healthful living and not superficial body image "beauty is in the eye of everyone else" crap to kids. If you want to do it, fine. But don't give this to kids. They have enough body issues already.

Crap, the "before" picture looks Barbieish enough already.
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-17-08 07:06 PM
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22. Why am I thinking of the movie Brazil....
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RedCappedBandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 08:32 AM
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24. This surgeon is trash
UGH
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bbernardini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 08:32 AM
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25. I think "Family Guy" nailed the kids book thing...
Peter: I'm looking for a toilet training book.

Book Store Worker: "Everybody Poops" is still the standard one. We also have the less popular "Nobody Poops But You."

Peter: See we're Catholic so..... uhhh....?

Book Store Worker: Oh, then you want "You're a Naughty Child and That's Nothing But Pure Concentrated Evil Coming Out the Back End of You."

Peter: Perfect.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 04:09 PM
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37. It's notable that this is a "self-published" book. The "hype" it's getting is ridiculous.
Edited on Fri Apr-18-08 04:11 PM by PeaceNikki
Newsweek and the AP are giving this far more credibility than it deserves:

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/010154.ht...

This story is equal parts hokum and hot air. Youd think that somewhere in those three pages of titillating handwringing, Springen would have gotten round to mentioning that My Beautiful Mommy is a self-published vanity-press book available only from its publisheror, presumably, from Dr. Michael Salzhauer.

Its equally clear that the existence of My Beautiful Mommy says nothing about the state of the nation. Its not going to corrupt the values of the youth of America, because theyre never going to see a copy. If it werent for Karen Springens article, the book would have no more significance, and get no more notice, than a xeroxed handout from your local GP.

So: Newsweek manufactured this alarming story out of medium-thin air. Its one more thing to think about when the conventional media make snotty remarks about the journalistic standards of weblogs.
There's a reasonable and detailed post about this book here:
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 04:10 PM
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38. Hmm. I had heard about this a few days ago
Publishing chat boards have had a disapproving buzz on this one if that makes anyone feel better. I wonder who the jerk was who thought a press release would be a *good* idea...
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HuffleClaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 04:45 PM
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40. meep
that is the worst thing i've seen in some time. appalling.
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kath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-18-08 04:52 PM
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41. Jeebus H. Christ on a trailer hitch.
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