Petite Deformity of Another Kind “Distraction Osteogenesis…callus distraction…callotasis and osterodistraction are all part of the same thing – breaking the tibia and fibula, and inserting the Fixator – HUH?? Sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, right?! Well, it’s not – it’s called: Limb lengthening, and although it was introduced in 1905 as “corrective” surgery for developmental deformities, it is now becoming the newest breakthrough in cosmetic surgery…and, has become a sick deformity in a “beauty regimen.”
We’ve all heard the horror stories from petite media reporter, “Lisa Ling,” (from the Oprah Show), as well as retold by our very own Bella Petite Editor-in-Chief, “Ann Lauren.” Asian women (and please, no hate mail, I am NOT saying “all” Asian women or Asian Cultures do this – only going off past news reports) getting their legs broken in 4 different places; with steel pins inserted and a metal scaffold frame around their legs, with screws attached they twist and turn daily so they can be “beautified,” and socially and industrially accepted.
It’s not hard to understand why this concept in their culture exists or why they will go to great lengths, (no pun intended), to be tall…especially after reading New York Times’ article, “North Korea Stretches Standards for Success.” This story follows a mother and her two very young children (ages 5 and 4) as they get their $770 a month-treatment for growth. NOW COMES THE BRAINWASHING PART:
A Petite Message, Loud and Clear
“It’s okay dear,” the hopeful mother says, as she tries to manipulate the thoughts of her frightened five year old daughter who is getting more acupuncture needles placed throughout her petite body. “It will make you pretty and tall…it will make you Cinderella!” CINDERELLA!!? Are you kidding? Evidently, I must have missed the part in the story where Cinderella was stabbed repeatedly in the wrists, scalp and corners of the mouth by tons of needles; or the fact that “Cinderella” is “tall” in the first place, which I don’t believe to be true.
The aforementioned statement above from the mother definitely sent a resounding, negative message to the little girl that will unfortunately play over and over again in her head as she grows up – The message being: “You’re not pretty because you’re not TALL!”
“In our society, it’s all about looks,” the mother confesses, “I’m afraid my daughter is shorter (she meant, more “petite”) than her peers. I don’t want her to be ridiculed and lose self-confidence because of her height.” If you’re a mom and reading this, then you’re probably like me with your jaw on the ground…if you’re a petite woman and reading this, then again, you’re probably like me with your jaw on the ground! Who says things like this? Well, evidently MANY Korean and Chinese parent’s believe, and teach (hence brainwashing) that, “being tall will be crucial to their children’s success – while at school and later, when they seek jobs and mates.”
Shame on YOU!
Regardless of what country you come from, or what you’re “culture” may be…How can a mother, or anyone for that matter, teach an innocent child that “taller” equals success…equals beauty…equals more friends…even a mate? You may be saying, “Because that’s just the way it is there, and how their brought up.” Well, I say, “BULL-(blanket-blank)!” If a mother is smart enough to look into what can make her child all these things, then why shouldn’t we think that she is smart enough to look beyond the “westernized lie” and further into why she shouldn’t put her child through grueling needle pokes, treadmill contraptions and “deer antler” tonics twice a day, thus leading them to possibly consider a very painful and dangerously extreme surgery? Why shouldn’t we think “shame on you” for not accepting your child AS IS, (cosmetically speaking, of course) “petite” and all!?”
PETITE before, PETITE now…and PETITE after
It’s truly unfortunate that the westernized ideology of what “beauty” is (conditioned and molded by the media, advertisers and fashion guru’s of this society – telling us, on their terms, what “acceptable beauty” is), has clearly saturated through to the petites of the East and coated their minds with an unattainable dream, full of DECEPTION and FALSE APPEARANCES!
People just don’t understand the negative impact that magazines, such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and others that focus on “Tall = Beauty,” have on our minds and why do they equate being “petite” as being ugly, unsuccessfull …friendless? Because the magazines that we’ve drooled over each and every month while growing up, conditioned our minds into believing the “untouchables” of this world are tall, thin, waif-like, amazons…and that’s what PETITE women have to be in order to achieve the greater things in life. Such nonsense!
The derogatory language and loose terminology that is used to describe “petite” women, i.e., shorty, CUTE little thing, “like a powerpuff girl” and “little people,” (hence my angry response to New York Times writer, Maria Ricapito) creates a ticking time bomb in many petite women; making them go to extreme lengths…to GET length!
ONE WORD…ONE GOOD REASON WHY NOT…
The risks for this surgery can be quite extreme if not preformed properly. The number one risk, of course, is infection in the bones from the breakage and the holes that are required for the instrument inserted and screws (um, is it me, or does this just sound utterly ridiculous to do?). Here’s a direct quote from the Encyclopedia of Surgery on Limb Lengthening – “AMPUTATION” is done IF the procedure fails.” Like, O-M-G! Yeah, I’ll accept that “risk,” pfft…who needs a leg anyway!? Please…
Petites – From The North, South, East and West
This issue has been raised targeting the Asian community/countries, thus far. However, during my research, I havefound that many walks of lives, of petite women, opt to have this horrific surgery done, mainly due to a psychological disorder known as “height neurosis,” or “height dysphoria.” Many are too embarrassed to speak of this type of surgery and will create a lie to fit around the “brace” of their legs (i.e., had an accident, broke their leg, etc.).
I originally thought that the “petite women” who opt to have this surgery may not be the sharpest tools in the shed, until I came across “Hajnal Ban” (which is a story in itself). She is a gorgeous, petite blonde woman who did not speak of her limb lengthening surgery, because she was “embarrassed,” until 8 years later, in a book she wrote called: “God Made Me Small, Surgery Made Me Tall.”
However, Hajnal is no dummy; she is a barrister (Lawyer), an author and a conservative politician in Australia and is currently City Councilor for Logan City in Southeast Queensland, Australia. Hajnal says the surgery added 8cm to her petite 5’1” frame – NOW, she is a whopping, petite 5’4” (with unbalanced legs for her frame).
Perhaps she missed the petite MEMO, too? Written by: Tana Corporon
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