Breast Reduction Boosted Her Career But Did Not Bring Her Happiness

On his radio show today, Dennis Prager read aloud this headline.

“I’ve gotta read that. That fascinates me. It did help her career? If you have never looked at the Daily Mail in England, we do every day because they have terrific articles, but they also have these sidebars, which are a little racy but fascinating. They’re not racy for racy’s sake most of the time. Then juxtaposed to the most profound articles on world events.

“We have nothing like it in the United States. Racy is racy and serious is serious but in Britain they have this distinct ability to combine them.”

Liz Jones writes:

Would a woman mutilate herself, slice off the most intimate, tender part of her body, for the sake of her career?
It’s a controversial topic and one that provoked heated debate last week after Romanian tennis player Simona Halep admitted she’d done just that.
At the age of 17, Simona decided that nothing would stand in the way of her ambition to make it to the top in tennis.
Tired of her game being hindered by what one blogger rather patronisingly described as ‘those funbags’, she underwent breast reduction surgery two years ago to reduce her measurements from a 34DD to a 34C.
Perhaps as a result, she has since shot up 450 places in the world rankings.
Last week, she was knocked out of Wimbledon by Serena Williams, but still deems the operation a success.
Her decision, however, has been widely condemned — ‘slice off part of your anatomy for money and trophies?’ sums up the online consensus.

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