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Even if people have become more accepting of egalitarian roles, traditional notions of masculinity still abound. Some of these masculine expectations involve being the sole provider of the family and being aggressive.
When it comes to the physical aspect, masculinity would be related to the ability of a male to get abs and an overall strong body.
For some men, these notions of masculinity are quite old and can be revised. For others, there is still so much pressure to conform to these expectations.
This is the story of a man who wanted the perks of having abs through surgery, although there is still a catch.
Lee Coupland is a 31-year-old man from Leeds who traveled to Istanbul, Turkey so that he could undergo surgery for a six pack.
The journey from Leeds to Turkey was about 2,000 miles. The surgery, on the other hand, will cost Lee about 3,500 Euros.
The surgical process needed to make these permanent six-pack abs are called abdominal etching. Basically, Lee's fats from his stomach are taken out and then the abdominal etching begins.
According to Lee, there is a good possibility that more people will consider the six pack surgery as an acceptable way of getting their ideal looks. He believes that it is only a matter time since many women are already having nose jobs and breast implants.
At the hospital in Istanbul, Pakistan, seven British men had also asked to have six pack abs before Lee did. Thus, there really seems to be a market for undergoing surgery to get permanent abs.
After the surgery, Lee was told that he had to wear a corset in order to maintain the shape during the recovery period. Even after six weeks had passed, Lee still was not feeling much sensation in his chest.
Not all men are eligible for the surgery. If you have just more than 2 cm of fat, then you are already not allowed to have abdominal etching. As Lee said, the surgery is more about enhancing and less about creating one's abs. This means that he still has to exercise to maintain his "permanent" abs. Also, one big benefit is that he can now spend more time with his family and less being in the gym.