It’s A Style Statement

In our supposedly nonjudgmental, acceptance-valuing culture, control-freak style mavens are all over TV, telling people what’s wrong with them, and audiences eat it up. What gladiators were to ancient Rome, makeovers are to us today: bloody spectacles for the masses to watch the abject fight for their lives. The slaves of yore are now women hobbled by poor access to cosmetic surgery and decent haircuts. Seeing life as a big style problem to be solved by style solutions is no longer an occupational hazard restricted to fashionistas, drag queens and neurotics.

–Rhonda Lieberman, How I Picked My Shrink

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