Consent of teenager over 16 equivalent to adult. (Family Law Reform Act 1969, s.8)
Can a teenager under 16 consent to cosmetic surgery? If surgeon considers her mature enough to understand what cosmetic surgery entails physically and emotionally?
Gillick competent minor has right to confidentiality, but surgeon may face civil suit for battery or prosecution for criminal assault without parental consent, in cases of extremely invasive and risky surgery.
“For virtually all women, as women, success is defined in terms of interlocking patterns of compulsion: compulsory attractiveness, compulsory motherhood, and compulsory heterosexuality, patterns that determine the legitimate aims of attraction and motherhood.” (K.P. Morgan, 1991)
“I can treat women’s ongoing struggles to justify a contradictory practice like cosmetic surgery as a resource for developing a feminist response which speaks to women’s experiences rather than simply reiterating the correct line on women’s involvement in the beauty system.” (Kathy Davis, 1995)