chapter  6
18 Pages

CONSUMING/BEAUTY

The culture of narcissism elevated appearance in importance. The Culture of Narcissism is the title of Christopher Lasch's book on the changes that began in the 1970s. Narcissus was the Greek mythological character who fell in love with his reflection in water. While Michelle Green records the usual caveats about "unrealistic expectations" and the "shortcut to happiness" cosmetic surgery offers but rarely delivers, there is conspicuous ethical neutrality about her tone. The brothel has featured in other fictional accounts and has something of an iconic presence in Southern California folklore. Its premise is a powerful one: men who could not actually have sex with the stars could pay to have the next best thing – sex with someone who was a dead ringer for whoever they desired. Personal well-being, health, and psychic security became the motivating goals for the generation that had earlier wanted to change the world.