Monday, November 22, 2010

Bras - love 'em or hate 'em?

I remember when I was 14. We had just resumed school after a 3month break following the Junior Secondary Exam. We were now officially in the Senior class: No more pinafores or shift dresses; instead skirts and blouse. Long sleeves instead of short sleeves, shirts instead of roundneck blouses, makeup and BRAS! For the guys, they carefully nurtured those strands of hair sprouting on their chin. Oh Puberty!
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Owing to the 3 month stretch at home with good food, relaxation and optimum hormone production, we girls were sprouting sizable tangerine size enlargements on our chests. Even yours truly. Okay there was some initial breast envy(lol. gist for another day) but then there was still hope. I knew my biology; there was still time to grow.
There was this naughty game the girls had of touchy-feeling each other’s back to locate the bra strap and pull/snap it. It was a testament to the newness (elasticity) of your straps and to the fact that you were actually wearing one thus “among” the mature.
Getting a bra for me wasn’t my Mom’s angst. I don’t think the thought even occurred to her. This was where having 4 sisters ahead of me was fruitious. I nicked a couple of small looking sizes off them adjusted the straps and ‘voila!’ I was flashing a bra too.

Well, here I am 16 yrs after and I hate that damn accessory. I don’t have that ‘damned urge’ to pull it off while at work, but the moment I get home, my skin begins to chaff and constrict like there’s an iron band around my chest zone and all I want to do is reach behind and unhook. Aha freedom.
So today, I ask, why do we wear bras? Is it a necessity? Did you ever ask? Or do we just do it cause that’s what everyone does. Is there any empirical report which says it is beneficial to the breasts?
Some of the reasons we wear Bras include: 
  • The Fashion Industry have wired us to think that way. Hello Wonderbra? Victoria Secrets?
  • Big-breasted gals need the support it provides
  • We feel Indecent and Immoral without them.
  • Everybody does so, or in other words the unspoken rules of society dictate
  • We need to wear bras at work because it's the 'dress code'. I’ve heard of that. Infact this lady was sacked for not wearing the right type.
  • We hate the thought of our breasts sagging so much
  • For support when we jump up and down doing sports and exercise
  • I am breastfeeding and I need to wear nursing bras
  • My tops look and fit better with a bra…....(Now this I can relate to!)
On the other hand, an anti bra group say that Bras are a NO NO! These are their reasons:

Breasts do not need to be supported: Wearing a bra... has no medical necessity whatsoever", says Susan M. Love, M.D.  Breasts were fine before the invention of brasserie. This is similar to the myth that women supposedly need corsets to support their stomach muscles.
Breastfeeding and nursing bras: Nursing moms (or pregnant women) are usually told to buy and wear nursing bras. There is no medical necessity to wear nursing bras either, except maybe to hide leaking breast milk.
Breasts will sag: There is no proof that bras would prevent your breasts from sagging. It's pretty normal for breasts to sag. Only young teenage breasts have that perky upright look.
Breasts jump up and down while I exercise and do sports: Exercising is not doing any damage to breast tissue or to the chest wall, and actually, movement of breasts aids the lymph flow which is good for them.
Bra-wearing has been linked to breast cancer in some study by this, errrr, couple Sidney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer.  They found, for example, that women who wore a bra 24 hours a day had a 113-fold increase in breast cancer incidence compared to women who wore bra less than 12 hours daily!  Hear hear hear.

So what do you think?? To wear or not to wear? What are the alternatives?

p.s. Have you ever tried the breast exercise? It’s a great one for getting the juice flowing there. Raise your hands, bend it at the elbow with the hands on the shoulder, then flap the folded limbs up and down like a bird. I was told it would get my boobs larger – not sure it


  1. I too hate wearing a bra, but since I am fairly big breasted, it's kind of a necessity I think. I do love taking it off! I have yet to find one that is truly comfortable but I have to admit, I look better in clothes when I wear one. In the UK, wear your bra, Ginger! Particularly in the winter! I don't want anything freezing off you.

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  3. Hey, this is totally weird, but I just left a comment on Linda's blog about you wearing a coconut bikini and then I jumped over here and saw the headline and had to laugh at the serendipity of it all.

    Anyway, I mostly wear a bra because I think I look pretty in one, although it's always nice to have the support. I would never wear one all day, though. Just for 20-30 minutes or so.

  4. @Mom!!! nothing is freezing off, if i can help it. That's a girl's best assets.

    @Uncle Mike - I guess you're all perky and happy if 20-30mins does it for you!!!
    Coconut is such an improvement on orange skin lol. And its got great padding. I think you're onto something. Let's patent it.

  5. *closes door* oops, female corner.

  6. Come back 'ere Rethots!!! Tell me you've never bought lingerie before or admired one. ha!

  7. i like to occasionally go braless. its freeing feeling. on the other hand i do not like seeing ladies in their street with their boobs (nipples)out for al to see especially when they are old and big. when i go braless i try to not make it show

  8. Ginger, your Uncle Michael goes too far. But because he does, I've got a lovely black satin number for him. It has a little bit of lace, (nothing tacky) and it's an underwire so it will hold up his assets to show them off just right. I love gorgeous lingerie but love taking it off even more.

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  10. I'm really enjoying this discussion, thank you! Does anybody have a lite?

  11. This is a well-rounded look at the bra. Yes, I said "well-rounded." I mean that your list of reasons is pretty circumspect. Guys like support, too. I wear those tight bicycling shorts for karate. If I forget to wear them, I feel naked and dangly. The tighties also hold my protective cup in without that killer jock strap. I think those sports bras that are more like a shirt than a harness look most comfortable for you women.

  12. I hate bras. It is the first thing I take off when I get home. I hate shopping for them cus I never seem to find one that fits without choking my diaphram. If I had my way, there would be no bras!!!!



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