My Free Implants Gives Women "Free" Breasts and New Friends to Boot
A friend in Canada sent me a link to a news story about Calgary resident Candace Leadley, who successfully "earned" enough money on a website called My Free Implants to have breast augmentation surgery. Ms. Leadley is the first Canadian "Hall of Famer" to reach this goal, and the article notes that the money came from American donors. I had to know more about My Free Implants, and what I discovered was surprising.
For those who don't know, My Free Implants works like this: if you are female and want breast augmentation surgery for free, you can sign up and create a profile similar to ones on other social networking sites to interact with your "benefactors." Benefactors, who are assumed to be male, can sign up and can donate money to the woman or women of their choice to reach a goal of around $4500-$9000 USD. The money earned goes straight from the site owners to the surgeons who are partnered with the site.
The homepage looks pretty benign, if a little funny. There is the "ladies" side where it promises to help a woman "get free breast implants" and the "gents" side where the text reads "help girls get free boobs." Interesting choice of words there, eh?
I had to know how I could help "girls" get free boobs. I signed up for an account as a benefactor to get a look around inside the site.
The first thing I saw was categories, such as "top earners" and "closest to goal." The women all look different. Some were wearing makeup, and were dressed only in bras or panties, and some women were fully dressed and more casual-looking. Other pictures were just shots of body parts, such as butts or cleavage.
Clicking through to profiles showed me how women were earning their new breasts. One profile read in part, "I have gotten to know a few of you incredible men that I hope the friendships last after MFI [My Free Implants]. I'm a little shy at first but once I warm up my naughty side starts to show, who wants to cum be naughty with me?" Another member, a top earner, claimed that she was "almost their [sic]!!!!" Others offered videos and candid pictures, which would be exchanged for the cost of a donation.
From this, it appears that the site works competitively. If you are popular, and can tease the money out of your benefactors, then you will probably reach your goal faster. Comments on an entry on the blog yesbutnobutyes.com about My Free Implants seemed to indicate that people have had mixed success with the site.
Some commenters say that they had success with the site but that it wasn't easy to earn them, others were locked out of the site and lost their money, others say that they were accused of posting false photos, and other comments, like Ashes's, read:
I Joined the Site and Raised my $250 dollars i 2 weeks.however it is hard to find people willing to pay for photos that arent nude, which i wasn't willing to do. it is somthing u have to spend a lot of time doing, and with my job and boyfriend i just can't give up that much of my time.
I was curious about how a site like this makes money, as well. It is unclear how much gets skimmed off the top of the women's earnings before the balance is handed off to the surgeon. There are member upgrades for the men, where $9.95 earns you private chats and exclusive videos from the female members. There are also message credits to purchase, which allow men to send messages to the ladies directly.
I feel conflicted about My Free Implants. I usually attempt to present oddities in pop culture neutrally, or at least present both sides of the story. But this is hard for me to understand this on a few levels. If you are asking for money online, then I assume you are short funds to pay for it yourself. If you can't afford elective surgery, then I hope that you are not cutting corners in the rest of your life by pursuing this goal. Also, and I know this is deeply personal, but I couldn't see having strangers pay for permanent alterations like elective surgery or tattoos, for example. For others I assume it's just a means to an end.
My knee-jerk reaction is that this site slots into pornography in that there's money being exchanged for more intimate access to the girls. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it just is what it is. It looks like you can run a "clean" account, but that you may not have success meeting your goal.
I would love to hear more about the other side. If you are a member of My Free Implants, and have comments to make about your experience, I would be happy to publish your comments in this post, or you are welcome to comment below. You may email me at sj at iasshole.org.
If you are not a member, I would also love to hear your take on this phenomenon. What do you think? Would you do this? Would you accept donations from strangers to have elective surgery? Is this porn, or something else?
A member of My Free Implants, KyrstinsMommy, vlogs from work to encourage people to donate. She says her account was deleted but the site owner helped her restore her account.
Advice columnist Erin Bradley, a.k.a. Miss Information, tackles the question of why guys don't like implants, which seems to be belied by the existence of My Free Implants.
Actress Keri Wuher talks about her decision to remove her implants. She calls it an "unboob job."
Kacey of Beauty and the Breast discusses why she decided to get breast implants. She later decided to have them removed.