Throughout part three of Feed, the lesions on the characters come up a lot. I’m still not sure what exactly they represent, but when they were mentioned in the beginning of the book, I thought the lesions we due to radiation or some sort of malfunction from the feed. In part three of the book, the lesions are a fashion trend; in one chapter, Quendy refers to the lesions as “brag,” and “spit” meaning they were the new trend (183). One of their friends, Calista, got a huge artificial lesion on the back of her neck, which was an actual incision filled with beads of latex to make it seem like the incision was weeping (183). Quendy commented on Calista’s lesion saying that it was a stupid idea; however, later in the book everyone noticed that Quendy had lesions that were cut so deep that you could “see her muscles, tendons, and ligaments” (199). We learn that Quendy got the lesions to impress the boys, especially Link- Calista’s boyfriend. Most of the boys often said that they thought the lesions were fun, cool, and sexy (199). The lesions made me think about women getting surgical enhancements today.
Women often go through plastic surgery to follow beauty standards, which are set through a cyclical process; first men decide what is attractive, then the media advertises it. The most common surgical enhancement that has been advertised in recent years through Pop culture is butt implants. Butt implants involve gel or liquid silicone, which can burst at any moment. Liquid silicone is the cheapest option, which attracts the most people. However, it also comes with the most health risks. Liquid silicone is not contained in a package like the gel silicone. This means the liquid silicone can freely move, sometimes flowing to other parts of the body. From this, patients can experience an allergic reaction, severe pain, and sometimes death. Similarly, in the book Quendy complained about how uncomfortable it was for her to sit on the floor due to her lesions. Both situations exemplify how people are willing to put their health in risk just to follow a temporary beauty standard. Also, if the lesions are due to radiation, it shows how oblivious people can be to how bad things really are.