Most people have at least one friend who has, at one time or another, sworn off dating. The frustrations of relationships having recently gotten the better of them, their self-prescribed time alone becomes announced with the same frequency as noble titles at an eighteenth-century fete. The usual response, even from those who can relate to the perils of dating, is a casual eye-roll or the shoe-horned change of subject. Put another way, the non-dater is typically identified as one of those who protests too much.
Jasmine Tridevil of Tampa, Florida, wants to return some dignity to retired daters, and she has put her money where her mouth is. Or, rather, about six inches below it.
Gawker posted today that the aptly monikered Tridevil claimed to have paid $20,000 to have a third breast implanted between her two existing breasts. In a sort of fan mail question and answer Tridevil put up on Youtube, she stated that the reason behind the addition was “to turn off guys” and that she never wanted to date again.
Other options for using physical appearance to dissuade men from asking her out, such as gaining weight, hampered her ability to meet her simultaneous desires to be alone yet still “feel pretty.” Yet she felt that she needed an insurance policy of sorts beyond simply not accepting men’s offers to take her out. She says she elected to have surgery to add the third breast in order to maintain her lifestyle of wearing provocative clothing and pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, while still deterring the advances of men who, according to Tridevil’s logic, unilaterally prefer women with two breasts or less.
Tridevil says an internet search has left her convinced she is the first person to have this surgery, at least for the purposes of affecting solitude. While her breast achieves more verisimilitude than, say, the papier-mâché third breast of the martian denizen in the 1990 film “Total Recall,” Tridevil told viewers that her new breast’s nipple initially lacked an areola. This feature was tattooed on post-surgery.
Early reactions to her third breast include disappointment and misunderstanding from Tridevil’s mother, although this reaction was expected, as Tridevil says her mother is “a very dramatic person.” With respect to her show business career, Tridevil has hopes that she will be able to parlay public interest in her life choices into a television program on MTV.
Alas, there is an update to this story. Snopes.com took the trouble to shake this story a bit to see if it held together and, in addition to some low-hanging fruit such as the fact that there have been no third-party confirmations of Tridevil’s third breast and no sources besides the videos Tridevil herself put up have spoken up to corroborate the story, the debunking site knocked loose a few revelations that strongly indicate that Tridevil was perpetrating a ruse. The most damning of these was a stolen baggage complaint filed at Tampa International Airport by a woman bearing a name that is likely an alias if not the given name of Jasmine Tridevil. Among the items listed on the claim? A “3 Breast Prostheses.”