September 22, 2014

"A 21-year-old woman has paid $20,000 to surgically add a third breast in a desperate bid to become a reality TV star."

"Jasmine Tridevil was rejected by 50 doctors before she found a willing surgeon who would perform the procedure which violates ethical codes, she claims."

Photos at the link show the woman in a specially constructed bikini top. The linked article also has a redacted photo of the character in "Total Recall" with 3 breasts.

And, here, we see the woman quoted saying: "I got the surgery because I wanted to turn off guys. I know it sounds crazy but I don’t want to date again ever. I still like to feel pretty."

In the future, everyone will be famous for 22.5 minutes.

UPDATE: As many predicted, this is almost surely faked — a 3-breast prosthesis.

80 comments:

Danno said...

Ann, I assume this is the standard 15 minutes of fame times 3 divided by 2?

Nonapod said...

Sometimes I think our modern culture is pretty damn bizarre. It has got to be the weirdest time to be alive? Right? Is it just because there's so damn many human beings (7.1 billion) that statistically there's bound to be numerically many more weird outliers?

sojerofgod said...

A half-hour TV show is actually 22.5 minutes of programming, the rest is commercials.

Ann Althouse said...

"Ann, I assume this is the standard 15 minutes of fame times 3 divided by 2?"

I divided by 2 first, to get the per-breast number for the 15 minutes of fame for a lady who's famous for her breasts, then multiplied by 3. That explains my thinking.

Original Mike said...

Monty Python got there first

Ann Althouse said...

I considered saying in the future everyone will be famous for 45 minutes.

Would that have been funnier?

sojerofgod said...

Is Tridevil her real name? I mean, TRI = 3 Devil = well, you can guess.

The quest for TV fame is causing ordinary people to devolve into madness.

Ray Bradbury was right.

Anonymous said...

Was it really a good idea to leave behind crazy?

It's time we brought crazy back, along with some places to put crazy people.

Fernandinande said...

Transmender.

Misinforminimalism said...

Oh, the questions that come to mind...such as, where did she come up with $20k? And, isn't $20k/breast a little steep? And, doesn't she realize that for an extra $40k she could go full farm animal?

Michael K said...

She needs a three handed boyfriend.

Matt said...

Ann Althouse said...
"Ann, I assume this is the standard 15 minutes of fame times 3 divided by 2?"

I divided by 2 first, to get the per-breast number for the 15 minutes of fame for a lady who's famous for her breasts, then multiplied by 3. That explains my thinking.

9/22/14, 11:45 AM


I understood the 22.5 reference when I first read it and that made me chuckle. Seeing it explained made me laugh.

Meade said...

"Would that have been funnier?"

No. 22.5 made me LOL. 45 would've only gotten a heh. Your math was comically correct.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Michael K said...

She needs a three handed boyfriend.

...like a fish needs a tricycle.

Curious George said...

Women should have three breasts - two in front and one in the back for dancing.

- Al Bundy

Fritz said...

After watching her video, I call bullshit on her claiming to want to turn off guys.

Anyway, any more than two hands full is wasted.

FullMoon said...

It's been done before.

Peter said...

If you can find a psychiatrist to say you need a third breast for your psychological health, can your insurer be required to pay for it?

(Which is to say, is it really such a good idea to mandate parity between physical and mental health coverage?)

rhhardin said...

A triangular arrangement would give three cleavages instead of just two.

William said...

Although it can be argued that bigger is better, the argument falters when you use such a stratagem to increase boob volume. But, on the other hand, maybe she can now, at long last, find true love with some Japanese pervert.

cubanbob said...

I can't believe she found a doctor unethical enough to do this. Funny thing is that if she did this to repell men all it's going to do is attract freaks and besides why have the DM do a story that is freak bait?

Maybe Crack is right about white people weirdness to a degree. You don't hear of blacks being weird in this way.

SayAahh said...

Why stop at three?
Pregnant dog look rocks.

n.n said...

Additions are hard. Subtractions are easy. The freaks in second and third-world nations choose the latter as a practical matter. Actually, the freaks in first-world nations choose the latter also. Anyway, freaks and fetishists seem to have an inertial advantage.

Patrick said...

"Maybe Crack is right. .."

Boobs all the way down.

grackle said...

What's the big deal? Is this so different than removing a penis because someone decides they want to be a female?

What would happen if she decided she wanted to be an amputee? Would they remove a leg?

Not yet but the slippery slope has been thoroughly greased with political correctness.

traditionalguy said...

We need to respect the 3 breast women. They were born as 3 breasted in. 2 Brest. body. Where is the empathy?

The 2 dick men also need our respect. You never know when a spare will come in handy. I for one feel trade in this one dick body. And WHO can say what is normal?

So let's not be flat earthed about breasts and dicks. The science today knows it is all about the need for hardness, whether it is 3 breasts or 2 dicks.

n.n said...

cubanbob:

Blacks, whites, etc. engage in body deformations and manipulations, but until the advent of "affordable" medical procedures, it was with cruder implements and outcomes. It's a mistake to believe that this behavior manifests itself uniquely among any single ethnic class. Transformative behaviors and expressions are both traditional, progressive, and universal.

n.n said...

Actually, the medical misalignment started with breast expansion, which naturally progressed to breast multiplication. Still, this is only the beginning of creative diversity. Anyway, it's elective. It's a choice. Just another cosmetic medical procedure. At least no human lives are brutally aborted in the process.

Mountain Maven said...

Ann this is beneath you.

Rae said...

She'll be doing porn in nine months, tops. That's the career she's obviously angling for. She'll be famous for a new position - the twin engine motorboat.

She can even claim she's a liberated woman, striking back against the patriarchy by poking them in the eye with a third nipple.

ALP said...

Forget this crazy freak Ann - Lisa Kudrow is coming back this fall in "Web Therapy" on Showtime AND "The Comeback" on HBO. TWO Lisa Kudrow shows trumps three breasts any day. Why did you leave us to discover this on our own? WHY???

Hagar said...

There are, in fact, people who have had perfectly sound limbs amputated, and I believe it is a recognized psychiatric disorder.

Bob R said...

Life imitates Southpark

traditionalguy said...

I give up... how do three breasts qualify one for REALITY TV?

F said...

Jasmine Tridevil. Tri-devil, get it? When Photoshop comes to real life we have reached a new low as a civilized nation. Reminds me of the story of the woman who had one on her back. Not much to look at, but fun to dance with.

Alex said...

It's turtles all the way down.

F said...

I read through the thread after posting. Beaten to the punch on both counts! My bad.

mikeski said...

Tri(e)d Evil.

Brando said...

She can do whatever she wants to her body, no matter how ill-advised--and if she somehow finds a way to monetize that then good for her and shame on our culture that such a thing exists.

But I am interested in this idea that having a third breast would make her "unattractive to men". Does she really think there's not some segment of the male population that would be especially turned on by a three breasted woman? We live in a time of furries and tentacle porn. A third breast is hardly a step too far.

Even if she were to surgically graft a beard onto her face it wouldn't completely rule out all men from being attracted to her.

Fritz said...

There's a saying about sailors and snakes.

EMD said...

Think outside of the botox

LordSomber said...

It's time we brought crazy back, along with some places to put crazy people.

It says she already lives in Florida.

FleetUSA said...

A circus sideshow entrant.

Anthony said...

"Does she really think there's not some segment of the male population that would be especially turned on by a three breasted woman?"

I'm thinking like 70%. . . . .

Alex said...

She is quite pretty. Maybe she's tired of being hit on all the time at bars.

Chef Mojo said...

She's gonna be big in Japan!

Skeptical Voter said...

Senator Inouye, who after all only had two hands (or he may have had just one hand after service in WW II) was not available for comment about this triple target of opportunity.

wholelottasplainin' said...

Bird watchers have reported sighting a rara avis: a triple-breasted bedthrasher.

Unknown said...

I have two penises and one of them is 15 inches long. Interested women please interview me.

sizedoesntmatter@hotmail.com

RecChief said...

huh, I bet there are a lot of guys out there who would hit on her because she now has 3 breasts. I am certain rule 34 applies here. feel free to google, I'm afraid to.

Sigivald said...

Which ethical code does it violate, and why? (And why should I care?)

Cosmetic surgery plainly doesn't, since doctors do that all the time.

(Contra cubanbob, I'm still not clear what's "unethical" about it, again.

Is it "she might regret it later"?

"It'll make her look funny"?

Neither of those are compelling.)

Opinh Bombay said...
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jr565 said...

If three breasts are cool imagine if you had 6 breasts. 3 on the front and 3 on the back. That way no matter which way you were facing the man could look at breasts. Also, replace the face with a breast.

jr565 said...

"Monty Python got there first"
So did Total Recall, and the movie Good Luck Chuck.

jr565 said...

I'm asking a doctor to add a vagina to my forehead.

Opinh Bombay said...

π bosoms! That's really irrational!

Mark said...

What's the big deal? Is this so different than removing a penis because someone decides they want to be a female?
__________

It is completely and totally differnt.

A woman wanting a third breast at least has some foundation in biological reality, given that mammals natually have several breasts or would-be breasts. In fact, most of the people reading this have some measure of a supernumerary nipple or two. That's right, that mole in a direct line below your nipple ain't no mole.

n.n said...

Opinh Bombay:

Their real and irrational!

I miss mathematical rhetoric.

n.n said...
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n.n said...

Hippocratic Oath

I swear by Apollo the physician, and Asclepius, and Hygieia and Panacea and all the gods and goddesses as my witnesses, that, according to my ability and judgement, I will keep this Oath and this contract:

...

I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.

...

Into whatever homes I go, I will enter them for the benefit of the sick, avoiding any voluntary act of impropriety or corruption, including the seduction of women or men, whether they are free men or slaves.

Whatever I see or hear in the lives of my patients, whether in connection with my professional practice or not, which ought not to be spoken of outside, I will keep secret, as considering all such things to be private.

So long as I maintain this Oath faithfully and without corruption, may it be granted to me to partake of life fully and the practice of my art, gaining the respect of all men for all time. However, should I transgress this Oath and violate it, may the opposite be my fate.

--- Translated by Michael North, National Library of Medicine, 2002.

A cosmetic medical procedure which adds a third breast despite the outcome of nature would be governed under "avoiding any voluntary act of impropriety or corruption", specifically corruption.

Ironically, "The Hippocratic Oath" is hosted on a federal government website.

Quaestor said...
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Quaestor said...

I considered saying in the future everyone will be famous for 45 minutes. Would that have been funnier?

No. Any value with a fractional part is funnier than 45 minutes, the longer the string to the right of the radix the funnier it is.That's why Spock's was the comic relief on Star Trek. It's too bad Andy Warhol didn't choose a transcendental number for his "minutes of fame" prediction, then calculations like yours would yield hilarious results. Imagine if the quote was "in the future everybody will be famous for 5π minutes", the triple-breasted fame quotient becomes 23.5714286 minutes of fame, approximately.

This all goes to show that Andy Warhol didn't have a sense of humor, and that Jasmine Tridevil is not well-read.*

That's a poser to the commentariat. A cookie to the first who solves it.

Sam Hall said...

Skeptical Voter said...
Senator Inouye, who after all only had two hands (or he may have had just one hand after service in WW II) was not available for comment about this triple target of opportunity.

Senator Inouye lost a hand in WWII.

Steven said...

A real-life Eccentrica Gallumbits.

Titus said...

tits

Quaestor said...

I'm very grateful to n.n for the citations from the Hippocratic Oath.

I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion. This part is cited by the medical community as the basis of their non-participation in executions by lethal injection, yet there are tens of thousands who blithely ignore it regarding abortion.

n.n wrote A cosmetic medical procedure which adds a third breast despite the outcome of nature would be governed under "avoiding any voluntary act of impropriety or corruption", specifically corruption.

Unfortunately, corruption in the field of "cosmetic" surgery is an old story -- the horrible stuff done to Michael Jackson comes immediately to mind, as does "gender re-assignment surgery" generally. Jackson was mentally sick -- what he needed was a good psychiatrist, and not to be surgically converted into a living Cruella de Vil. The same goes for anyone who claims that he's a woman trapped in a man's body, or vice versa. As for that stupid, stupid woman known as Jocelyn Wildenstein the Cat Lady, she could use a dose of reality. The husband who inspired her to go under the knife and the physician whose hand held the knife deserve a long haul in the pillory followed by a public flogging.

This all goes to prove that the ancients were civilized and that we by comparison are barbarians.

Quaestor said...

Steve gets the cookie.

Quaestor said...

In the future all normally-breasted women will be famous for 15 minutes 42.857142 seconds, approximately.

Quaestor said...

I'm asking a doctor to add a vagina to my forehead.

Good idea. Consequently "Fuckhead" ceases to be an insult and becomes a request.

Anonymous said...

As per a previous post: do not watch her in slow motion. Or 3D.

n.n said...
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Bob Boyd said...

I don't believe this woman's story and I'll tell you why.
My friend's cousin knew a woman who saw a UFO coming down. Her car died and the next thing she remembered was waking up with a third breast.
So that's likely what happened to Jasmine as well only she doesn't want people to think she's a nut so she made up the surgery story.
I find her courageous. They always tell you when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Well that's what she's trying to do IMO, only its like... milk instead.

n.n said...

Quaestor:

At least they/some people tried. Whether the Abrahamic religions or pagan oaths were inspired through divine providence, or through a culmination of ancient wisdom may only be relevant at the end of human evolution, or meaningless in oblivion. However, it is quite clear that there was a distribution of both confusion and clarity among ancient people. The same as exhibited today, including in the most "enlightened" civilizations, with exactly the same causes. While "progress" is monotonic change, it is also notoriously ambiguous.

That said, I think we can and should be a little more nuanced. For example, we can distinguish between reconstructive cosmetic surgery and elective cosmetic surgery. Jackson's operations were a reinforcement of a psychopathy, and would fall under the latter classification. As would the addition of a third breast for kinks and giggles.

chickelit said...

Trits!

The Crack Emcee said...

"I got the surgery because I wanted to turn off guys."

More breasts - great plan,...

Clyde said...

I guess the question is whether this is any more freakish and unethical than women getting enormous breast implants. I saw a story about some Brazilian-American woman down in Texas who kept wanting bigger and bigger implants, and finally U.S. doctors wouldn't do them any more. She went back home to Brazil for the freakishly large ones she wanted, and got some kind of infection and had to have them removed, if I remember right.

Laura said...

"I can't believe she found a doctor unethical enough to do this."

Then don't watch Botched and learn about the complications caused by substituting ice for anesthesia in $100 "bargain" plastic surgery.(Does referencing Dr. Mengele invoke Godwin's Law?) Or expect humility from a sibling who recently completed medical school.

"There are, in fact, people who have had perfectly sound limbs amputated, and I believe it is a recognized psychiatric disorder."

File under ethics and why psychiatrists discount/oppose biomarker research...

Sam L. said...

Just found this at Don Surber: It's a fake.

http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2014/09/triple-threat.html#more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2766603/Meet-massage-therapist-self-proclaimed-hoaxer-claims-surgically-implanted-breast.html

Joe said...

It appears this is a hoax.