Popular culture does not apply any brakes to these fantasies of rearrangement and transformation. “The proper diet, the right amount of exercise, and you can have, pretty much, any body you desire,” claims an ad for a bottled mineral water. Of course, the rhetoric of choice and self-determination and the breezy analogies comparing cosmetic surgery to fashion accessorizing are deeply misleading. They efface not only the inequalities of privilege, money, and time that prohibiting most people from indulging in these practices, but also the desperation that characterizes the lives of those who do. “I will do anything, anything, to make myself look and feel better”, says a contributor to the “Knifestyles” column. Medical science has now designated a new category of “polysurgical addicts” (or, as more casually referred to, “scalpel slaves”) who return for operation after operation, in perpetual quest of that elusive yet ruthlessly normalizing goal, the “perfect” body. The dark underside of the practices of body transformation and rearrangement reveals botched and sometimes fatal operations, exercise addictions, and eating disorders.
A free will has been shown to be an illusory concept
- according to the passage, one reason why the rhetoric of choice and self-determination is “misleading” is that it does not acknowledge that
B many people lack the money needed to pursue bodily perfection
C profit is the main motive behind the self-improvement industry
D most people resist having to conform to an ideal
E those who popularize it are themselves less than perfect
The answer is B but I don't really understand the setence "the rhetoric of choice an self-determination and the breezy analogies comparing cosmetic surgery to fashion accessorizing are deeply misleading." why the answer is B? thankx in advance,
Last edited by san2612; 23-Jan-2011 at 08:55.
You'll find the answer in the sentence after that.