One of the first reflexes for most women when they get dressed in the morning is to put on their bra. However, for the past few years, "Free the boobies, free the nipples!" have been blooming on social networks and in the streets, claiming the right of women not to wear a bra without being judged. The "no-bra" movement, not only feminist, could also be good for your health.
For or against the no-bra? You decide! Here's a non-exhaustive list of the points we're keeping in mind!
How to fight against breast loss?
This is the observation that has been made by several scientific studies. In fact, bras weaken the Cooper's ligaments, which are the ligaments that keep the breasts upright in a natural way. However, as the bra supports the breasts in an artificial way, these ligaments no longer do their job and become less and less effective. In other words, they become loose. The ligaments age faster than they should and this creates a vicious circle since our breasts fall faster... so we necessarily put on a bra to maintain it, etc... This is even more accentuated by the wearing of push-ups which compress the breast even more.
How to promote the firmness of the breast?
A study conducted over 15 years by the doctor Jean-Denis Rouillon showed that not wearing a bra allowed the breast to firm up by working the muscle tissue. But that's not all: among other things, not wearing a bra would allow the nipples to go up 7 mm per year, which would reduce the gap between the breasts as well as stretch marks. The breasts would therefore gain some volume.
Fight against certain health problems
First of all, wearing a bra can cause or at least aggravate muscular pain in the back. According to some studies, the bra would help with a better posture!
But wearing a bra would also interfere with the proper circulation of lymph and blood in the chest and would increase the temperature of the breast. This can lead to cysts, skin reactions, etc. But not only: scientific studies have shown that there could be a link between wearing a bra and breast cancerThis is due to the poor circulation of lymph, as the waste products it contains are trapped in the fat cells of the breast. To fight against this phenomenon, it is also good to apply a regular massage on the chest.
Is the no-bra more comfortable?
So many women take off their bra as soon as they get home! Indeed, the bra is often a sign of discomfort, leaves marks on the skin, the straps keep falling off, it is hot in good weather, ...
How to save money?
And yes, not buying a bra is to make huge savings when you know that the budget for a bra is often at least thirty euros and it can go up much higher, especially for people with large breasts or for higher quality bras. Moreover, our breasts evolve throughout our lives, and even during a single cycle, requiring more and more investments.
How can we limit our consumption?
When you think about it, wearing a bra is not necessarily necessary. And yet this industry, being part of the textile industry, pollutes a lot. The no-bra is therefore also to slow down its consumption and make a step forward for the planet.
How to accept yourself?
Accepting yourself without wearing a bra is sometimes a huge step in the process of self-acceptance. Wearing a bra can also be complex for people who don't want to show off their breasts. How many times have we been shown in magazines, on TV, in commercials, that breasts should be round, firm, close together, not too big, not too small. The reality is that most women do not have breasts that are similar to societal standards. It is hard to accept your breasts in a society that sexualizes it. We remind you that according to a recent study, 20% of French people think that seeing nipples reduces the gravity of an assault sexual assault. There is still a long way to go...
However, it is important to keep in mind that most of the people you will meet in the street will not even pay attention to the fact that you wear a bra or not. It is also your choice!
Expressing a feminist act
While not all no bra enthusiasts do this, not wearing a bra can be a true feminist act. It highlights that our breasts belong to us and don't have to be sexualized for what they are, even in the workplace, and even if we have the misfortune of seeing our nipples. The no-bra is therefore a gesture of freedom for women and equality: seeing a shirtless man will not shock anyone, but a topless woman is not necessarily very well accepted. It's also a militant act against the beauty criteria imposed by the society and putting forward ONE beauty. In the end, it is to claim the fact of being able to do what you want without being under any pressure.
Every woman has one (or more) reason(s) to stop wearing a bra. This movement is becoming more and more important, especially with the confinements.
Thus, according to a study by IFOP, 3% of women over 18 years old declared not to wear a bra before the confinement, against 7% after. The trend is most pronounced among women under 25 years old. Indeed, 4% declared not to wear one before the first confinement against 18% after. In this age group, the reasons given were the potential negative impact of the bra on the chest, but also the fight against the sexualization of the breasts. Finally, 50% of women who work from home do not wear one.
However, to wear or not to wear a bra, the choice remains yours! Like the one to wear our pretty menstrual lingerie