Sometimes I don’t know whether to take the Huffington Post seriously. Like when they publish an article about some alleged researcher in France who apparently got funded to study women’s breasts (for scientific purposes only, of course) and actually concluded that we’re better off without bras. I almost died laughing when I read that one. The study apparently never mentions size, which I think is pretty much the most important deciding factor on whether or not you could get by without wearing a bra, so I can’t imagine that this could possibly be for real. Could it?
I don’t know, but I’m kind of halfway between a D and DD, and I can assure you that there is NO WAY I could possibly go running without a bra. NO WAY. This is not about aesthetics, though I’m sure it would look obscenely comical. It’s really about comfort. I’ve got a fair amount of excess luggage I have to haul around every day, no matter whether I’m running or walking or trudging up and down stairs. It’s all fleshy and moves independently of the rest of my body so it throws off my center of gravity and strains my back, neck, and shoulders. If I were running the strain would be magnified considerably. I would be in too much pain to move unless I were wearing a bra. I guess that’s part of our eminent scientist’s point, that maybe if you never, ever wore one to begin with, you’d develop the muscle capacity to handle all of that, and maybe that’s true for some people, but not for me. I went around braless for quite some time before my mother grudgingly bought me one, and that only happened because I was *already* in pain and wouldn’t stop whining about it.
And you know, I’m not going to lie to you. There are some social considerations to bear in mind as well. Mine fortunately do not hang down by my knees or anything, but I have headlights like you would not believe, pretty much 24/7. I cannot walk around in a business environment like that. Nobody would ever take me seriously. Not that they do anyway, but I always do prefer it when people look me in the eyes when they’re talking to me, you know?
Maybe women who are smaller don’t have these issues, I don’t know. I do find it interesting whenever one of my friends mentions that they don’t wear one – there apparently are people out there who do manage to get by just fine, I suppose. I just can’t relate. Maybe I’m a bit jealous. But I don’t know. I *like* wearing bras. They’re comfortable to me. Of course, I go through a great deal of trouble and expense to make sure I buy ones that fit properly, but that’s a story for another time. But yeah, I think I will just keep on doing what works for me, even if science supposedly thinks it’s completely unnecessary.