Bras Do Not Work and Cause More Problems
The findings from a 15-year, longitudinal study of more than 300 women in France, suggest that breasts would gain more tone, and would support themselves, if no bra was used. Why? Bras appear to limit the growth of supporting breast tissues, leaving the breast to wither and degrade more quickly. In fact, women who stopped wearing bras experienced a 7mm lift in their nipples each year that they did not wear a bra, and bra-less women developed firmer breasts, and stretch marks faded. And, in direct opposition to the myth that the bra eases back pain for women with larger breasts, not wearing a bra actually eased the pain, while wearing a bra did not.
Side-eying the fact that almost all the “benefits” in this article are beauty standards
There’s literally only one mention of something beneficial to women besides being aesthetically/sexually appealing, back pain, which only affects some women, and is thrown in as an afterthought at the end.
“Just in, bras actually don’t make your breasts more sexually appealing! You can stop wearing them now, women, that’s all that really matters.”
I’m sure someone who actually has breasts could come up with a million other reasons, but off the top of even my head i can think of a few; curbing chafing, not giving creepy men who stare at your chest more satisfaction than they’re already getting, shaping to fit into clothes…
There’s a lot of reasons women may want to wear bras, and a lot of reasons they wouldn’t, and a lot of reasons they may want to wear them sometimes but not all the time.
But it’s downright insulting for a study about the benefits and drawbacks of bras to focus almost exclusively on the effect on sexual appeal.
Also can we mention the fact that this study was only done over the span of fifteen years, on mostly young women, none of whom were likely to have actually gone those whole five years braless? Seriously, the only way a study of this subject could be valid is if you tracked the same women from the onset of puberty to old-age.
Besides, there are plenty of cultures in this world where women regularly don’t wear bras, and while that’s totally their business and perfect and lovely, they are living proof of the long-term effects of not wearing a bra. They seem to get along just fine, so health-wise it may not honestly matter either way. But in terms of appearance, it’s fairly obvious for anyone to see that wearing certain types of support makes a difference.
So, yeah. Wear a bra, don’t wear a bra, do whatever, but don’t tell women who want to wear them not to just because some half-assed study says bras aren’t needed to fulfill some artificial standard of beauty.
Reblogging for the last two comments.