Bras certainly have their place in civilized society, but so many people don’t realize how often they can (and should) go braless.
A heavy chest often needs support, and even smaller chests need support at times (usually when exercise is involved). However, I for one believe that more women (all women actually) should question why they’re wearing bras and have a go at the braless life (it’s one thing that is most definitely all it’s cracked up to be).
DISCLAIMER: If you like to cling to social norms like a sheepbot then this little doozy of a reality check probably isn’t for you.
Here’s the thing, bras cost money. They’re contraptions made of wires and padding and straps, and cause so many women discomfort and pain. Like I said before, if you are very heavy chested then you likely feel more comfortable with the support, which is understandable. But what happens so often is women with average or smaller sized breasts feel obligated to wear bras every day, as if there’s an external force pressing them to mindlessly strap up their chests day in and out as if they have something to hide under there.
And there is external pressure for most women, often stemming from childhood. Girls receive training bras as soon as their breasts begin to mature. They’re told they need to wear one every day, because if they don’t their shameful nipples will show. As girls we’re forced to wear bras and as women we’re intimidated not to wear them. This is unacceptable.
Conditioning children in this way is harmful to the mind and toxic to the self esteem. The message being sent is, “your body is shameful because it makes men uncomfortable to see your braless chest, therefore it’s your responsibility to make them comfortable by covering your nipples.”
Don’t misunderstand my motives. Bras give a full, round shape and can boost womanly confidence from time to time, and as we discussed are even essential at times; but the confusion and shaming end now. Women in European countries aren’t legally required to wear tops on beaches and sport skimpy thongs walking along the shore with their children. So why is our society so rigid about women’s bodies?
Because, from a young age, women are sexualized and their bodies are treated like yucky secrets that need to be hidden from the men who can’t control their sexual urges. I’ve got news, America. Men can control themselves, and women’s bodies are theirs to be treated the way they want them treated.
Breasts are sensitive and fatty, and the tissue becomes weak after being held up for so long and them not having to support themselves against gravity. Bras cause neck, shoulder, back, and chest pain, especially for perky-chested women. According to Jean-Denis Rouillon, a Professor at University of Besancon, “Medically, physiologically, anatomically – breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra,”.
NOWHERE in the US is it illegal to go braless. So why wear one if you don’t need it? This is a call to all women and girls feeling pressured to wear unnecessary undergarments.
Free the boobies.
Stay gold, Ponyboy.