Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Too short to pay

Actress Kiruna Stamell stands just over a metre tall. She is a successful actress and has appeared in many TV programmes, including life is too short and Eastenders.

This week Kiruna made the news when she successfully sued the post office in a disability discrimination case.

The case was based around the fact that she was unable to use the post office's chip & pin machine, because it was secured high up on the counter, well outside her reach.

“It was really embarrassing”, Kiruna told the BBC, “because there was a really large queue behind me. I just wanted to be able to put my pin in like everybody else. I wasn't able to reach the machine and it wasn't able to be passed to me. So staff were improvising random steps that they passed to me; steps out of cardboard boxes and it was really quite humiliating”.

Initially Kiruna was unable to get the post office to put the machine on a flexible lead, so she's sued the organisation for disability discrimination, ie. for failing to make reasonable adjustments to the machines to accommodate her restricted height.

The post office has now settled the case; and is putting its machines on flexible leads.

Sometimes it takes a person like Kiruna; someone who is willing to stand up and fight for something they believe in, to bring about change. Lets hope the case will raise awareness of the issue with other service providers; who subsequently take proactive steps to rectify the situation.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Rise in designer vagina surgery

This week Theresa May ( Home Secretary) responded to a home affairs select committee report on female gentile mutilation (FGM) and the petitioning of the government, by a number of MP’s, seeking a ban on cosmetic genital surgery on girls aged under 18.

In her response, Mrs May signalled that doctors, who conducted designer vagina' cosmetic surgery i.e. those not justifiable on physical or mental health grounds, may be committing a criminal offence.

In a parliamentary report, Mrs May warned that prosecutions may be pursued, regardless of whether or not women had given consent to surgery; as "purely cosmetic surgery" could be deemed a crime, similar to female genital mutilation (FGM).

In recent years 'designer vagina' procedures aimed at tightening, increasing or reducing the size of certain aspects of female genitalia have grown significantly. Doctors have indicated that the phenomena is the result of “unrealistic representations of vulval appearance in popular culture".

Earlier this year, Transform released data highlighting the fact that individuals between the age of 18-24, located in west and central London were the most likely to seek out information about labiaplasty; 1,150 females had requested surgery.

Records show that the NHS conducted 2000 labiaplasties procedures in 2010; indicative of a 500% increase since 2001. However, this does not give a true picture of the numbers involved, as the majority of cosmetic genital operations are carried out in private clinics who do not report on the number of operations performed.

The British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology, commenting on labia reduction, stated that there was "no scientific evidence" to support the practice and added that health risks, particularly to girls under 18, include bleeding, infection and a loss of sensitivity.

Ms May said she had "no plans" to create a new offence involving cosmetic genital surgery because such operations could already be prosecuted under 2003 legislation that strengthened the ban on FGM.


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Inner beauty

*A lady flew across the  country to tell a talk show host how her husband had left her for another woman. The lady, who was young, vibrant and beautiful, pulled out a photograph and said:

"Just look at her. He left me for that!"

The host concluded, "Sadly, we’ve been conditioned to think that ‘‘looks’’ are all-important, when, in fact, they’re not." Nevertheless we keep measuring, comparing, and beating ourselves up because we fall short. If you can’t enjoy who you are because of what you’re not, you’ll never be happy.

Advertisers spend billions getting us to decorate a shell that’s in a losing battle with Mother Nature and Father Time—all in an effort to create what we think will attract others. And when it doesn’t work, we get depressed and wonder what went wrong. Of course, it’s important to look your best, but when you’re obsessed with your appearance you become superficial. And others lose respect for you because they discover that although the box is beautifully wrapped, it’s empty.


* Source The UCB Word for Today - 30 Nov 2014


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Link between selfies and the rise in cosmetic surgery

A recent poll of 2,700 members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), has reported that one third have recorded an increase in requests for certain procedures. These procedures are essentially aimed at improving the selfies and photos the potential patients post on social media.

The organisation noted a 10% rise in rhinoplasty in 2013, a 7% jump in hair transplants and 6% increase in eyelid surgery.
“There has been a 25% increase over the past year and a half to two years. That is very significant,” said Dr. Sam Rizk, a Manhattan a plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty.

“They come in with their iPhones and show me pictures….Selfies are just getting to be so crazy”. Dr Rizk, also noted that not everyone who requests surgery needs it, because selfies produce a distorted image, which does not accurately reflect the individuals real appearance.

“We all will have something wrong with us on a selfie image,” he explained. “I refuse a significant proportion of patients with selfies, because I believe it is not a real image of what they actually look like in person.” He also said that he was aware of the fact that many of the individuals he’d refused, had simply approached other surgeons.

“Too many selfies indicate a self obsession and a certain level of insecurity that most teenagers have. It just makes it worse,” he said.
“Now they can see themselves in 100 images a day on Facebook and Instagram.”

New York make-up artist Ramy Gafni, who has worked with clients on selfies and online dating profile photos, suggests using clean makeup, well-defined eyebrows and a bit colour on the lips to produce the best selfies.

“You want to enhance your features, perfect your features but not necessarily change your features into something they are not,” he said.


Monday, December 01, 2014

Breast size can affect mental health

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