Bras Do Not Work and Cause More Problems
The findings from a 15-year, longitudinal study of more than 300 women in France, suggest that breasts would gain more tone, and would support themselves, if no bra was used. Why? Bras appear to limit the growth of supporting breast tissues, leaving the breast to wither and degrade more quickly. In fact, women who stopped wearing bras experienced a 7mm lift in their nipples each year that they did not wear a bra, and bra-less women developed firmer breasts, and stretch marks faded. And, in direct opposition to the myth that the bra eases back pain for women with larger breasts, not wearing a bra actually eased the pain, while wearing a bra did not.
Side-eying the fact that almost all the “benefits” in this article are beauty standards
There’s literally only one mention of something beneficial to women besides being aesthetically/sexually appealing, back pain, which only affects some women, and is thrown in as an afterthought at the end.
“Just in, bras actually don’t make your breasts more sexually appealing! You can stop wearing them now, women, that’s all that really matters.”
I’m sure someone who actually has breasts could come up with a million other reasons, but off the top of even my head i can think of a few; curbing chafing, not giving creepy men who stare at your chest more satisfaction than they’re already getting, shaping to fit into clothes…
There’s a lot of reasons women may want to wear bras, and a lot of reasons they wouldn’t, and a lot of reasons they may want to wear them sometimes but not all the time.
But it’s downright insulting for a study about the benefits and drawbacks of bras to focus almost exclusively on the effect on sexual appeal.