To Bra or Not to Bra: What that Underwire is Doing to Your Girls

Bras support cultural norms way more than they support your boobs.

Maybe it’s the flower child in me, but damn I hate bras. Back when I worked in an office, I strapped on a bra and stepped into high heels so I could look posh and professional. But by the end of the day, my ankles pained me and my bra strap cut into my flesh.

Hear me roar.

A few months ago, the last underwire bra in my rotation finally broke its strap. I didn’t run out to get a new bra. I never will.

“But aren’t you concerned about people seeing your nipples under your shirt?” “What are you going to do when you have to work out and do physical activities?” “How will you wear a tee-shirt?”

None of this bothers me. In fact, I perform on stage without a bra on, and it’s freeing.

And guess what? Wearing a bra does not benefit your breasts. In fact, there is some research that suggests that your bra is making your boobs saggier.

So all you ladies that wear bras so your boobs don’t sag? Listen up.

French Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon, a sports medicine specialist from Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besancon, measured changes in women’s breasts for 15 years. He had 330 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 35.

Women who went braless had higher nipples by 7-millimeters than their underwired peers. The boobs of freedom were perkier!

“Our first results confirm the hypothesis that the bra is a false need. Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity. Instead, it languishes with a bra.” – Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon

The women who didn’t wear bras had firmer breasts with less stretch marks. Some braless women even celebrated the fact that they had less back pain. 

Don’t want headlights showing? Wear a bralette! They’re prettier anyways.

But let’s be real. As a culture, we shouldn’t have an issue with the natural way a woman’s body looks. Bra or no bra. After all these years, it shouldn’t be shocking to see a woman going braless. It’s beautiful, brave, and sexy.



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