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!
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'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?
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.
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 --"?
Why stop now, you're just getting the hang of it --
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.
According to the 'experts' brassieres as an undergarment do not prevent the onset of sagging breasts. No more than a girdle would keep your waistline from expanding.
Getting older is a humbling experience when standing in front of one's bathroom mirror.
This is the conclusion my research led me to as well. Bras can drastically change your figure and help improve posture but they do nothing to halt the ravages of time and gravity.
Bras, like wearing make up and dressing up nicely, are primary aesthetic choice. This choice is driven by the desire to stay young and attractive.
The question should be why should anyone strive to look younger than they are to be attractive? Or specifically, why would a breast that is less pert than a teenager's be less attractive? This is most likely linked to displaying that you are of fertile age and with many more fertile years ahead. This is a logical primitive instinct that is still prominent in society.
Luckily, modern civilised people are not restricted only to this type of attraction and consider that many other personal traits have greater value (intelligence, humour, independence, strength, creativity, etc.).
Unfortunately, women are under great pressure, driven by the media to conform to primitive ideals defined by the modern interpretation of desirable body shape. These ideals are not realistic to the majority and cause damage mentally and physically to many.
This. Especially the last paragraph.
Thanks Kairan, I took a bit of time to write that and keep it 100% classy!