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The Most Extreme Female Body Modification Practices From Around The World

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In recent years, plastic surgery has become one of the most common and generally accepted forms of female body modification. According to a current report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation continues to be the most popular surgical procedure in America, and has been since 2006.

Today, women are constantly pressured to fit the mold of magazine cover perfection. But that pressure, and the body modification procedures that arise to meet it, are not new. Across the centuries and around the globe, woman have been modifying their bodies–or having their bodies modified for them. Some modifications exist to enhance feminine beauty. Others exist to diminish it. From the painful foot binding procedures of Imperial China to the horrific breast ironing of Cameroon, these six procedures show that the scope of female body modification extends far beyond botox…

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXVIII

China Military Parade Soldiers

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Front Row At China’s Awe-Inspiring Military Parade

China Military Parade Air Show

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Spectacle and sheer size of an awe-inspiring scale are two things that China can certainly bring to the table. The military parade the country held yesterday, commemorating the end of World War II, could very well be its most impressive performance yet. 12,000 troops, 500 pieces of military hardware, 200 aircraft of various types, and god knows how many spectators (as well as Vladimir Putin) were on hand for this dazzling display of synchronization and military might. Take a front row seat at The Atlantic.

China Military Parade Band

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After Genocide, Only Human Wreckage Remains

Only Human Wreckage Left In Rwanda

The body of a man, who survivors say was a primary school teacher, lies beneath a blackboard drawing of Africa at a Karubamba school, May 13, 1994. Image Source: Jean-Marc Bouju/Associated Press

From The Associated Press, May 13, 1994:

“Nobody lives here any more.

Not the expectant mothers huddled outside the maternity clinic, not the families squeezed into the church, not the man who lies rotting in a schoolroom beneath a chalkboard map of Africa.

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After Ebola, Survivors Find Strength In Soccer

A new vaccine might spell the end of Ebola’s fatal touch, but before that, many in West Africa have struggled – and continue to struggle – to make sense of the disease that claimed at least four thousand lives within the region.

The disease produced thousands of victims, but it also produced survivors – nearly 16,000 of them, according to The New York Times. For many, surviving came with its own challenges: for example, how does someone like Sierra Leone resident Erison Turay cope with the fact that his life was spared while nearly his entire family was wiped out? What about the social stigma that accompanies – and potentially lasts longer – than the physical disease itself?

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