I don't know much about this topic so I'm going to ask it out loud. WHY do we have to wear bras? No, really. Is it just for show or is there some compelling reason why we must? Sometimes I find that I'm much more comfortable without one. I always tend to take mine off after I get home from work and I've tried all the brands to find the "best fit" and I always end up going to some high end seamstress that makes them custom because the store bought options are NOT comfortable IMO.

For any of you ladies who may live in a country where it's NOT necessary to wear a bra I would LOVE to hear your thoughts and insights.

Am I alone in feeling like it's yet another cultural ball and chain we have to lug around with us?

Anyone really really LIKE wearing bras?

MEN: You are welcome to participate in this discussion, all I ask is that you have some class. Thanks!

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I have large(somewhat saggy) breasts. A well fitting bra helps my posture, and eases back pain. There are many resources on the internet to help find the right way to fit a bra. I never sleep in one, and take mine off when I know I'm done going out for the day. I don't see it as some sort of prison. I also don't like people eying my nipples.

I can see that. I would never excercise without one that's for sure! It's definitely not something I would ever throw away completely...thanks for sharing. There are some interesting products now days that just cover the nipples to prevent that for anyone interested in going O'Natural.

I've heard this but I don't know if its true:  Wearing them habitually reduces the tendency to sag with age.  That would be a reason to do it if true.  Is it?

@Steve: they sag due to lack of muscle tone in the pec area. There are LOTS of ways to prevent this with the right excercises. I do believe it's important for those ladies with naturally larger chests for some back relief as mentioned, but for women who are smaller it would not be a compelling reason to do so imo.

RE: "they sag due to lack of muscle tone in the pec area." - that's true, as far as it goes. From what I understand, the primary muscle involved is called the Cooper's muscle, and breasts sag as a result of the elongation of this muscle. Gravity, of course, pulls on the breast at every upright moment, stretching the Cooper's muscle, and promoting eventual sagginess - a bra supports the breast and reduces the pull on the Cooper's muscle by counterbalancing the effect of gravity.

Gravity still wins in the end, a condition known as "Cooper's Droop," but its effect can be reduced by wearing a bra. It is true, that there are exercises to strengthen the Cooper's muscle, but as they say, an ounce of prevention --

Coopers Ligaments run from the nipple to the pectoral muscle; attaching the fatty tissue of the breast to the pectoral muscles of the chest wall. While we can exercise to improve the tone of the muscles behind the breast; they are just this – behind the breast. They form the foundation of what your breast tissue lies upon but they do not support the fatty tissue that makes up your breast. You may have strong pectoral and chest muscles but still suffer from saggy boobs! It is so important that we look after Coopers Ligament giving it extra support when exercising, as well as supporting it properly everyday.

Unfortunately, there are no muscles, exercises, nor bras to prevent or reduce the effect of gravity on male testicles, which explains why old men don't go commando while wearing shorts.

Hey Arch: Not to pick on you again, but find me ONE female bodybuilder who has droopy breasts over 40 and I'll recant my statement. Gravity does not always win. NOW, most women don't dedicate the time necessary to work out this area. Us ladies are more concerned with our love handles and tummy, but for those who are super dedicated it is possible...

Gosh, Belle, as much as I'd like to do a survey of all female bodybuilders over 40's uncovered (to eliminate the possibility of bra support) breasts, just to cause you to recant, I'm really a little preoccupied - I have to file my nails, trim my cuticles, so much to do, so little time - possibly another day --

BTW - ever notice how many of your comments begin with, "@Arch - not to pick on you again, BUT --"?

LOL!!! It's all good. I'll quit picking on you.

Why stop now, you're just getting the hang of it --

Oh so you no longer go by Arch for short?

HUH? Yeah, I do - what gave you the idea I didn't? I don't understand the question, do you?

I've seen my share of female body builders and almost to a one they have very very little body fat, meaning that if they have any breasts at all, they are probably the result of a boob job. Very athletic women frequently suffer a loss of estrogen and so their bodies take on masculine features such as flat chests and almost no hips.


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