Crowdfunding for breast implants

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How did we ever get along before crowdfunding? So far it’s provided new ways to enable people to make microloans to the poorfund community projects, not to mention given us ways to fund new technology start-ups and even, new movies. 

Now comes My Free Implants (MFI) -- a site that encourages users to ‘Invest in Breasts’ via crowd funding. 

For the uninitiated, MFI connects women who are contemplating breast augmentation surgery, but are unable to afford it, with contributors who donate money to women to ‘realise their dreams’.

The homepage appeals to the inner philanthropist in us all with unsettling appeals like, "Help the women of your dreams achieve the body of their dreams" and "Make A Difference For As Little As $1".

Yes, you too can make the world a better place by helping women who have had to suffer years of being deprived of a boob job; women like ‘Tabitha’ who’s featured on the front page of the site in a red polka dot bikini which she’s lowering ever so suggestively.

As ‘Tabitha’ explains in her own words: "In today’s economy it is almost impossible to get a loan for cosmetic surgery. My Free Implants provided me with a no debt solution where I made amazing connections with generous men. Once shy, I am now proud to display my new body for the world to see."

But My Free Implants isn’t one of those short-term, fly-by-night boob solutions that just gives money away to poor women. It’s more of a hand up, rather than a hand out. The women aren’t just given boob welfare for free. No siree! They have to earn it.  

As blogger and satisfied My Free Implants customer KayDoubleDee wrote about her experience: "The site is based on the social networking model, you need to form friendships before you get anywhere, which takes time. A lot of time!! The name may be My Free Implants, but it’s not a case of making a profile and hoards of men throw fist fulls [sic] of dollars at you for nothing. They do not grow gardens of money trees. The site requires hard work, time, effort and patience."

And what sort of ‘hard work’ must these women toil at in order to get complete strangers to fund their new breasts?

In order to get money, women are expected to trade custom photos and videos of themselves for donations, exchange private messages, engage in audio and video chats and write blogs.

And if you really are committed to achieving that D cup, you can earn $100 for winning the "best ass on MFI" competition, or the princely sum of US$2 for a photo of your vagina.   

But before you jump to the wrong conclusion and assume that any man willing to trade cash for a custom video of a woman is a lonely creep, let me assure you that these gentlemen have standards.

Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern quotes one of the online benefactors: ‘“Some women go on and are like, I’ll show you a video of me masturbating for $200,” said the college student. “And that’s actually really annoying. But I’m a dude. If girls want to send me a naked picture, I’m not going to say no.”’

Of course, the money doesn’t go directly to the women who are actually providing these 'services' to the men. 

Instead, the money goes into an 'escrow account'. Once the goal is reached, the site then pays the money directly to a surgeon to perform the operation. And the website owners also take their cut.

The site claims to have been a 'stunning success', raising over US$8 million for breast augmentations. 

There’s no mention however, of additional funding for the lifetime of medical treatment required to maintain the little bags of confidence. Or to pay for follow-up medical treatment when things go awry. You know, those minor things like disfigurement, chronic pain or even death.

But hey, no online service can be expected to solve ALL the world’s problems. The My Free Implants people have made a big enough contribution to humanity as it is. It’s up to someone else to create My Free Corrective Surgery.  

 

Kasey Edwards is the best-selling author of 4 books 30-Something and Over It, 30-Something and The Clock is Ticking, OMG! That's Not My Husband, and OMG! That's Not My Child. www.kaseyedwards.com

 

7 comments so far

  • Ahhh.....I think we can see the end of the Internet from here OR today I learned there's a fine line between prostitution and crowd-sourcing OR can we set up a similar site so I can get my manhood extended OR there are just some things that you can't unread OR I don't want to live on this planet anymore. Take your pick. I'm going to crawl back to bed and may never get up again

    Commenter
    Dame
    Location
    Edithvale
    Date and time
    September 05, 2013, 7:54AM
    • I think that the fact that site like this exists is proof that men and women are equally soft in the head.

      Commenter
      cranky
      Location
      pants
      Date and time
      September 05, 2013, 9:31AM
      • this idea must have come from silicone valley

        Commenter
        pete
        Date and time
        September 05, 2013, 9:52AM
        • So MFI is basically a porn site. Cue all the sickos, perverts and weirdos coming out of the woodwork and deciding that the girl whose implants they paid for "belongs" to them. Yeah, because that will end well.

          Hey lady, why don't you get a job and pay for them yourself. Where are you feminist sensibilities?

          Commenter
          Audra Blue
          Location
          Brisbane
          Date and time
          September 05, 2013, 1:24PM
          • This website (and others like it) has been around for yeeeears, since way before "crowdfunding" ever became popular or mainstream.

            Commenter
            Boobie Gal
            Date and time
            September 05, 2013, 1:36PM
            • I like how you subtly imply that the women subscribing in order to get these implants aren't real adults and shouldn't be entitled to make their own (stupid) decisions. Instead the men, who ultimately wouldn't be paying if these women weren't actively seeking funding for their implants, are to blame for it all. Apparently.

              If I want to go hang gliding, can't afford, so petition someone else who likes to watch people hang gliding to pay for a hang glider for me - are they responsible for any injuries or worse I suffer from this risky activity, or am I? That responsibility in your books would seem to change depending on whether I'm a man or a woman.

              Commenter
              Christian
              Date and time
              September 05, 2013, 5:15PM
              • Huh. That's different.

                Well, as long as everyone is of legal age to consent and gets what they want out of it, no business of mine.

                Commenter
                TK
                Date and time
                September 06, 2013, 6:20AM

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