Academics, artists and rights groups are uniting in South Korea to fight what they see as the scourge of plastic surgery – which they describe as a form of cultural violence against women.

“Korean society has become completely distorted by this rush to undergo surgery and, speaking personally, I believe it is very sad that it has shifted to the point that women are seen merely as sex objects that have to undergo the scalpel to be perfect”, said Emanuel Pastreich, head of the Asia Institute.