Bras off, chin up

Bras off, chin up

Bras off, chin up
March 08
00:19 2018

Every women is aware of body image.

As a little girl, I knew the basic standards regarding how a women should look, and what was acceptable in the eyes of the world. I never doubted or questioned it, but maybe I should have.

I recently went to a CVS Pharmacy to buy some headphones. I was going to the gym that day — a rare occasion — and I didn’t want to spend an hour pretending to know what I was doing without some decent music to listen to. So, I go to the register and the girl behind it has her eyes wide open looking at me. More specifically, down at my breasts.

She makes a sign with her hand, as she mumbles the words “shirt” and “pull it up” while tugging up her own shirt.

I looked down at my loose shirt that had fallen to the side, revealing my sports bra. And yeah, it was cold so my sports bra was not the only thing popping out. I told her, “It’s fine, it’s just my sports bra.” And nervously she whispered, “Yeah, but I didn’t want anyone to see it, you know?”

This is when I came to a realization.

First, neither the cashier lady nor I said the word “nipples” when talking about this situation. And second, I would still get judgmental looks even if I decided to stop wearing a bra all together.

The fact that I felt uncomfortable saying, or even writing the word “nipple” revealed to me that something was definitely wrong in my body awareness.

Wearing a bra has always felt natural to me, but as I think about its purpose, I can only think that it only meant to cover our nipples and lift our boobs up so they look pretty.

But is it really necessary, or has society made us think that we need it?

In a French study, professor Jean-Denis Roullion said bras are a “false need.” This means we think we need to wear bras because we’ve seen them in the media and on women as we grew up. It seems normal, but we never ask ourselves why we do it.

Plus, if you want a good quality bra, you’d be surprised how much you’ll spend. The average bra in Victoria’s Secret bra ranges from $49 to $60. 

There are several reasons why I believe “free the nipple” is a movement all women should embrace. You know that feeling when you finally get home after a long day and you finally take your bra off and have that feeling of freedom and relief? Well, that’s basically it.

Comfort is a pretty good reason, too. You don’t see men having to wear something that gets uncomfortable for a whole day to hide their nipples.

We have an idea of how our boobs should look: lifted, round and perfect. It’s time to break that mold. All shapes and sizes should be embraced, without having to lift them or make them bigger with push-ups.

Women should realize a lot has changed in beauty standards and taboos in the past decade. Going out without a bra should not feel shameful or awkward, but rather an empowering and liberating experience.

Featured Image: Illustration by Gabby Evans

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