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Taboo [electronic resource]: Body Perfect

National Geographic Television & Film
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
How far should a person go to reshape his or her body? Is it natural, healthy, and wise to want to match a cultural ideal of beauty? Or is it the most foolhardy kind of narcissism? Is there a middle ground? This program shows how people around the world go to extremes to meet dramatically varying standards of physical attractiveness. Viewers encounter Mentawai women in Sumatra who file their teeth to sharp points, American men who get buttock implants, and Chinese men and women who have their legs surgically lengthened to make them taller.
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47 min.
8 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Apr. 01, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Body Perfect
  • How Far Will People Go To Achieve the Perfect Body? (1:45)
  • Concept of Beauty in Siberut Island, Indonesia (1:55)
  • Tooth Sharpening Siberut Island, Indonesia (1:22)
  • Role of Mentawai Shaman (1:38)
  • Mentawai Spiritual Ritual (1:03)
  • Attitiudes Toward Tooth Sharpening (1:17)
  • Preparation for Tooth Sharpening Ritual (1:37)
  • Motive for Tooth Sharpening (1:21)
  • Beauty on Siberut Island, Indonesia (1:21)
  • How Far Would You Go To Change Your Body? (1:25)
  • Concepts of Beauty in U.S. (1:02)
  • Body Repair Culture (1:01)
  • Male Plastic Surgery Motives (2:30)
  • Cultural Taboos about Body Modification (1:27)
  • Motive Behind Plastic Surgery (1:17)
  • Silicone Butt Implant Surgery (1:40)
  • Societal Attitudes Toward Cosmetic Surgery (1:31)
  • Reasons to Get Plastic Surgery (1:15)
  • Eye Lift Procedure (2:01)
  • Post Surgery Attitudes (1:09)
  • Cross Cultural Ideal Reinforcement (0:50)
  • Beauty Standards in Chingqing, China (1:28)
  • Cultural Markers of Success in China (1:42)
  • Can Surgery Bring Happiness? (1:49)
  • Importance of Post Operative Experience (1:45)
  • Bone Stretching Procedure (1:21)
  • Discussion of Beauty Standards in China (1:13)
  • Bone Stretching Procedure (1:03)
  • Reasons for Height Dissatisfaction (1:18)
  • Post Surgery Results (1:19)
  • Removal of Bone Stretching Equipment (1:40)
  • Future of Body Modification (1:06)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2004.
Publisher no.
40830 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (47 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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