Scientists Have Just Told Women To STOP Wearing Bras. This Is Why.

Scientists have just told women to stop wearing bras, and it wasn’t for National No Bra Day on October 13th.

Apparently, going without a bra promotes more tone and supporting breast tissue and wearing a bra from a young age does not help support the chest, reduce back pain or prevent breast sagging.

Jean-Denis Rouillon, a sport science researcher and professor at the University of Franche-Comte in the eastern town of Besançon, conducted a 15-year study on the effect of bras on 330 women aged 18 to 35. His team of researchers found that the women who did not wear bras have perkier breasts.

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“In the study, women that stopped wearing bras – through choice, not as a requirement of the study – had a 7-millimeter (0.3-inch) lift in their nipples when compared with regular bra users. Bras, they claim, could hamper circulation and reduce breast tone over time.” (IFLScience) The team used a slide rule and a caliper to record the changes to the women’s breasts year in and year out.

Professor Rouillon told France Info in an interview, “Medically, physiologically, anatomically – breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra.”

There are some other professionals that agree with Rouillon. Dr. Stafford Broumand stated for Refinery29, “For younger women, not wearing a bra will lead to increased collagen production and elasticity, which improves lift in a developing breast.” Broumand was not connected to the study at all.

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However, there are many others who do not fully agree with his advice.

Deborah Orr from the Guardian writes,

Jean-Denis Rouillon, a professor of sports science at Besançon university, has spent 15 years studying the anatomy of 330 women, and come to the conclusion that bras are a “false necessity”.

So, clever him and stupid women. Except, wait. Rouillon isn’t any kind of expert at all, because he doesn’t have breasts. He reckons that “medically, physiologically, anatomically breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity”. But women don’t wear bras for medical, physiological or anatomical reasons. We wear them for psychological, aesthetic and practical reasons. Bras stop our breasts from wobbling about in a Don’t Forget for a Second You’ve Got Breasts manner, allowing us to forget them. Otherwise we’d be cupping them in our hands every time we broke into a trot to catch a lift.

Rouillon says that his research shows the nipples of women aged 18-35 rose by an average of 7mm when they went braless. He fails to understand that one of the many comforting things about bras is that you rarely have to think about where your nipples might be. Women are encouraged to fret about their breasts enough. The last thing we need is some fool telling us that we need to think about them, and their welfare, a great deal more.

Free the Nipple

We also have to take into consideration the #freethenipple campaign. Basically, they believe women are being restricted and should have the right to bear their chests. Literally.

This campaign actually has to do a lot about objectification. They think that if everyone sees nipples more often, it will change the victim blaming culture we seem to be stuck in. Right now, nipples are being hidden and breastfeeding in public is being shamed, but sexy advertisements are fine. This is a problem.

Take a look at the video of someone who made the transition to no bra!

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112 comments
Diana Auerhammer - October 22, 2015

Bras aren’t natural. They restrict lymph flow. Clogged lymph can cause cancer. Enough said.

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    Moon cusser - October 22, 2015

    Then you weren’t fitted properly.

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    Cerridwen - February 14, 2016

    Lots of things cause cancer, bras could be one of them, or MAYBE genetics, or MAYBE eating too much processed meat. Bras are the modern Victorian corset. They are there to hold the shape of the breast and hide the nipple. It’s not just a cultural thing, but a choice of fashion, just like the killer pointless stiletto shoe. Also, nipples are very sensitive, and not everyone appreciates staring at aroused nipples through your shirt.

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      MarsLars - May 6, 2016

      Exactly my nips are extremely sensitive and I have to wear a bra. Its very uncomfortable not having one.

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        Lisa Klein - May 28, 2016

        I totally agree! While I was reading this article I couldn’t help but think about the chaffing I would get if I went bra-less.

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        Budgiecat - July 18, 2016

        *plays with your nipples*

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      Budgiecat - July 18, 2016

      I dont mind…

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      merckxgimondi - August 29, 2016

      As a man, I would not only appreciate it , I would enjoy it. I try not to stare at any parts of a person’s body, but breasts are beautiful and should be enjoyed, not something to be hidden away or ashamed of. Relax, honey.

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    Anne Dyer Walker - April 7, 2016

    so true. although no one will ever admit it. many things the establishment wants us to believe are beneficial actually cause cancer. it’s the ultimate medical conspiracy because it works.

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    Jennifer Vice - April 25, 2016

    I’ve had cancer and I have my phases now where it is extremely uncomfortable to wear a bra, especially on the side where I had lymph nodes removed.

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      Diana Auerhammer - April 26, 2016

      Hi Jennifer. I really wish we could all find good alternatives to bras. And that would be very different from person to person. Some people like wearing them. Others don’t. I know it can be hard to go public so to speak, without a bra. Embarrassing at times. And your surgery and extreme discomfort makes your issue even more complicated. If you find any good solutions be sure to post them please. We are all looking for ideas.

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mushymom - October 22, 2015

Sorry it’s a crock load of BS. Not all of us even come close to being able to do this, nor do we all have perky little boobs. Many of us are heavily endowed, and heavy, and nothing will change that, nor the incredible back pain that weight causes. Thank you very much, I’ll keep my bras.

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    Moon cusser - October 22, 2015

    I agree. What I could get away with in my 20s and up to 40, perhaps. But if you do that, you will be dragging on the floor when you are 60. Gravity will have its way. There is no muscle in a breast. Some muscle beneath but the breast itself is fatty tissue.

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      Guiliana Fabiano - July 27, 2016

      You’ll be dragging on the floor no matter what you do. What you have to do is NOT CARE.

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    Kelly H. - February 16, 2016

    I agree, I am 43 now and got breadt implants at 22 years of age. I noticed a lot of sagging in the last 3 years due to me having to stop wearing bras. CostalCondritis runs in my family so bras arevery painful to wear when you have this rib condition. I definitely wouldn’t go throwing those bras away just yet girls! If anything switch to a better formed more supportive sports bra style bra with or without wire it gives the comfort of support without the pain of a tight bra, it’s the only thing I can wear at this stage. I found a very comfy style at Walmart for only $12 and sizes go all the way up to a 3X which is what I wear now and I get the needed support without any further sagging.

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      Guiliana Fabiano - July 27, 2016

      The sagging isn’t happening because you stopped wearing bras. It’s because of your AGE. Your body is changing. Do research NOW so you’ll be prepared.

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    J-dawg - March 3, 2016

    I’m both heavily endowed and heavy, and I haven’t been wearing bras for years. You don’t have to be ashamed of your breasts just because they aren’t little or perky, and if you’ve got back pain the bras don’t seem to be helping you much.

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    Sakrid Fingaz - May 29, 2016

    Massage therapist here….actually, what a bra does is cause MORE back pain than without. The bra holding breast tissue up releases the pectoralis major and pestoralis minor from their duty of holding up the breasts, because that pressure is no longer there, those chest muscles weaken, as they weaken they shrink, rolling the shoulder girdle forward, straining the rhomboids specifically and other back muscles, causing pain. The squeaky wheel gets the oil, but it isn’t the actual problem. Going braless will strengthen those pecs (along with a couple noninvasive exercises of course to boost the process), which will relieve the strain on those back muscles, and then all you have to do is proud of your body. Shame takes on a physical manifestation in our bodies, which exhibits as rolled shoulders as well, incidentally, because we are attempting on a subconscious level to guard our hearts. When we let go of that shame (in regards to breast tissue- size, lift, whatever it is that causes it) first within ourselves and then carry that to a societal level, we will have commenced on a long path to healing and growth. Emotional, mental, spiritual R-Evolution.

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      John M. Glennie - June 29, 2016

      What she said. :D

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    Budgiecat - July 18, 2016

    show pics

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Jenny W - October 22, 2015

if I had ‘a’ or even ‘b’ cups i may be persuaded, but these ‘EE’ puppies are not bouncing around free. it would just be uncomfortable and even unglamorous!!!!

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Alexandria Sterling - October 22, 2015

I’ve been wearing my bra 24/7 since I was in middle school I only take it off to shower, and I have no doubt that this is the only real why my DDs are still perky af to this day.

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Alexandria Sterling - October 22, 2015

I’ve been wearing a bra 24/7 since I was in middle school, I only take it off to shower, and I have no doubt that this is the only reason my DDs are still perky af to this day.

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    Emma - July 14, 2016

    or you would genetically have perky boobs anyway. who knows. there are a lot of reasons and assuming it’s the bra is faulty logic. has your weight gone up and down? have you been pregnant? have you breast fed? for how long and how many children? etc etc

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    Budgiecat - July 18, 2016

    I’ll need pics for further examination and proof….

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Laura Long - October 22, 2015

I love wearing a bra… and I have a D cup, so I need them!

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    sydsinger - October 23, 2015

    Laura, do you really think that nature made the female body with a flaw that requires 20th Century lingerie to correct? Large breasted women in bra-free cultures have healthy breasts. No need to invent lingerie to artificially shape and lift the breasts. But if you’ve been doing this since puberty, your breasts have become conditioned to the bra (which is really a harness), so bra-free feels weird and uncomfortable. However, large breasted women who try being bra-free report improved breast health and comfort after a brief recovery period.

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      Crystal King - October 23, 2015

      I’d love to see you run a mile with breasts that are a D cup. Nature also made us with an appendix, a coccyx, wisdom teeth and gave men nipples…parts of the body that have no real use. Women across the world have been binding their breasts for well over 2500 years so the “20th century” lingerie argument doesn’t really hold up – and much of the reason is comfort and the ability to use our bodies more efficiently because the breasts aren’t in the way. Plus, for large breasted women, the stigma that our society gives women about their bodies in the first place would be amplified ten-fold which puts additional psychological trauma into the picture. It goes far beyond one study about a modicum of additional collagen.

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        sydsinger - October 23, 2015

        Actually, the appendix, and the tonsils, have a purpose related to bacterial control. And I would not put large breasts into the same category as wisdom teeth. But I agree with you that the stigma of being bra-free (created by the lingerie industry) is what’s the big problem. Women used to feel that they needed to wear a corset to be acceptable in public, and corsets maimed and killed through compression and constriction. Well, the bra is a breast corset. Women have become brainwashed into believing they need to wear them. But it’s really only in your head. For 20 years I have been working with thousands of women of all breast sizes who have chosen being bra-free, and they discovered tremendous health benefits after ending the bra habit.
        I find it interesting, however, that some women are so frightened by the prospect of being bra-free in public that they go into denial about the bra-cancer link and are more willing to risk breast cancer than change their behavior. I would think that the prospect of preventing breast cancer and improving breast health would trump fashion. But I guess it doesn’t for all women.

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          Crystal King - October 23, 2015

          I am confident that if I decided to go bra-free that it would impact my career and therefore every other aspect of my life. I would be distracting to my coworkers, I would be seen as unslovenly, unable (or unwilling) to take care of myself, maybe even unclean. In the mid-90s I watched this happen to a Russian woman that worked for a software company that I was at. She was considerably larger breasted than I am and she decided to let it all hang loose. I have no idea what her reasons were for doing so. People wouldn’t look at her when she talked. They went out of their way to avoid her. My friend was in HR at the time and had the extremely uncomfortable challenge of trying to talk to her about it and asking her to consider wearing a bra because her coworkers couldn’t handle it. I have worked very hard over my career to be where I am today and unfortunately women get further in life as a result of their looks. We struggle to manage and maintain that because that directly impacts how people think about our skills and ability, which is quite ludicrous, but sadly, very very true. So yes, I’ll take the risk, because it’s a “risk” and not even remotely any sort of guarantee, rather than destroying my life as I know it. I take a far greater risk every single day when I get into my car and drive to work.

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          sydsinger - October 23, 2015

          Thank you Crystal for sharing that story. What you describe is sexual harassment. Your career should not require you to artificially shape your breasts and risk your health. I know you agree, but you seem more pragmatic about keeping your job than concerned about preventing cancer. I understand that, and you are not alone in your willingness to subordinate your health to some feeling that you will be discriminated against for having naturally shaped breasts.

          You seem to have bought into the notion that bra-free is slovenly and unkempt. Having a natural bustline is not slovenly. And many bra users are slovenly and unkempt, despite their breasts being “appropriately” lifted and shaped.

          Also, today is not the mid-90’s. Attitudes have changed, and people are being allowed to be themselves even if it makes others uncomfortable. For example, homosexuals and transsexuals are now accepted in the workplace. Surely, your fellow workers would respect your right to choose to not wear a bra. And if they didn’t, why should their immaturity and rudeness be tolerated, but your being natural should not?

          Should women be forced to artificially shape their breasts or face public scorn? Should women be shamed into conforming to ridiculous and harmful cultural standards, (created by industries which profit from female insecurity) or should the culture change to allow women the freedom of going in public and working without having to be criticized for having naturally shaped breasts.

          The transformation will take time, and take courageous women willing to put their health before fashion. You may not be that woman. But I hope you now know the risk of the choice you are making. And remember, it is a choice, despite the voice in your head (placed there by the fashion industry) that shames you into keeping your bra on.

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          Cami - October 23, 2015

          I quit wearing a bra months ago and my chronic back pain has disappeared. It doesn’t mean my d sized breasts are bouncing around in people’s faces. I do wear an undershirt. .like a camisole. I work in an office and it hasn’t been a problem at all. I do have a sports bra that I wear if needed for certain activities, but I’ll never go back to wearing a bra everyday. I feel great!

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          missplace - October 23, 2015

          Where is this mystical place where women are forced to wear bras?

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          Whatsmyname2 - January 24, 2016

          I see the point she is making though. It isn’t a voice in her head or brainwashing by fashion stylists, it is her job security and social life and ability to function in society. A woman without a bra is seen as such an aberration as to be thought mentally incompetent. Aside from losing a respectable job and social acceptance, you might even get committed to a mental hospital. Women just aren’t willing to make that sacrifice, breast caner threat or no. It is sexual harassment and it is wrong, but very few woman can stand up to it.

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          J-dawg - March 3, 2016

          And this is why bra-free campaigns crop up. We shouldn’t feel shamed into wearing expensive,unnecessary harnesses just so we can pretend our breasts look like Barbie’s or else face utter social rejection.

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          Amy - October 23, 2015

          Sorry, Syd. Women don’t need you mansplaining to them about bras. It’s not in our heads. It’s on our chests.

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          J-dawg - March 3, 2016

          How very sexist of you. Brava.

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      Scott Zupek - October 24, 2015

      This “its not natural to support your breasts” argument isn’t valid on today’s time. Is it natural to pump our food with GMOs and synthetic preservatives that end up in our body? Is it natural for obesity to be as rampant as it is today in 1st world societies? No…. We humans have created a life so distanced from “how god intended” that the entire debate of “its not natural” is moot. We have synthetic food, highly processed sugars, cross culture organisms, and everything else under the sun that our body has to adapt to…including wearing a bra. Wearing shoes. Wearing winter jackets, contact lenses, cell phone usage, radiation from devices creates by humans, etc. Show me one actual proof, not evidence that points to a theory, that bras help manifest breast cancer or any cancer….then we can have an adult scientific discussion

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      vicky - October 24, 2015

      dear sir i feel if scientists wish to have a opinion on womens breast
      habbits they should first clip some 2 pound weights to their nipple and
      see how long it takes their breasts/chests to sag, i believe they will
      be relieve when they start supporting their new found cleavage, if
      however they find their nipples remain in the same place, i shall redact
      my argument remove my offending item of clothing and see how long it
      takes me to knock myself out while trying to jog.

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WillowbyWhispers - October 22, 2015

It’s just common sense. Gravity is weight. Weight pulls downward. Tissue has no strength. Another fact is that no study is perfectly conducted. This is just one study and other factors come into play all through the years to affect outcomes. What this one study finds defies common sense, logic. I have a hard time believing anything that defies logic. I need the support and comfort I get from bras, and I find that without them at ANY TIME, I am hurting for various reasons (too much movement, skin burn, etc.). Men wear elastic all around their scrotums – and some studies have “found” that this could pose some dangers healthwise (sperm, lymphatic, etc.) but do ALL men stop wearing underwear? What works for you? I believe I am doing the right thing to keep this part of my body supported, and am not going to listen to men who do these studies that are not necessarily medical doctors. They are professors and they are coming up with reasons that require further medical study. I’m not convinced. While I defy gravity, they defy logic.

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    sydsinger - October 23, 2015

    Actually, it is quite logical. The bra provides external support of the breasts, which causes the internal suspensory breast ligaments to weaken and atrophy from not being used. It’s like wearing a sling for your arm and seeing the shoulder muscles atrophy and weaken from nonuse. Pre-menopausal women who stop wearing bras soon recover breast health and tone as the ligaments strengthen. By the way, if your breasts hurt when you remove your bra it is a sign of breast disease. Large breasts should not be painful, and if they are they probably are filled with extra lymph fluid, making them heavier and effectively swollen. Of course, women with this problem don’t realize it’s caused by their bras. Large breasted women with bras also have deep grooves in their shoulders as a result of the weight of the breasts being shifted there by the bra, and this is known to cause numbness and tingling in the hands due to nerve compression. It also causes headaches and hunched shoulders. Women in bra-free cultures who have large breasts have no breast health problems. I realize you want to keep wearing your bra. Go ahead. But don’t say the bra-cancer and bra-droop links defy logic.

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      WillowbyWhispers - October 24, 2015

      Your response is not logical in many respects. Ligaments and tissue do not have the elasticity of muscle and skin – even those lose elasticity over time. You are trying to convince women that hanging loose is going to cause a return of tension in the ligaments – from what? Movement? Without muscle? No. Swelling comes from hormonal changes, water retention, and other factors. I am a former hospital cancer center clinical studies coordinator. I have read several studies to the contrary. Moreover, you make several assumptions, generalizations, and speculations about me and other women on our bodies without knowing all the facts. Finally, all this is (again), coming from a researcher, not a medical school or biology (anatomy/physiology) graduate. I am sure the men who, for some unfathomable reason, take an interest in studying women’s chests do wish we would all go bra-less. I will tell you that I have tried one thing and then another – and in the end, I find I do sag less with greater support and I am sticking with that. There are bras, incidentally, that provide support without tightness anywhere on the body. So yes, there is a way to be healthier without surrendering support. No need to go to extremes. I am not going to defy logic to find out later, after it’s too late, that some men were wrong and that I was right after all.

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Scott Zupek - October 22, 2015

compression increases blood flow, which is good for the area constricted. It’s your choice and I support that, however, there is no medical evidence that wearing a bra causes cancer. So if someone else is reading this, take this video as “one of those things you saw on the internet”

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    sydsinger - October 23, 2015

    Compression does NOT increase lymphatic or blood flow in the breasts. It causes lymphatic impairment. You must be thinking about compression garments for muscles while running. If you wore these as long each day as women wear bras, you will experience tissue deterioration, especially in the skin. Compression impairs circulation. Circulate or deteriorate.

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Jasmin Williams-farley - October 23, 2015

It good to see that at least it might become a common thing to see women in no bras. I totally understand why women with larger breast would feel uncomfortable with no bra. But for me and my tiny a cups we would love to feel free. I just am to self conscious because its become such a uncommon thing to see a women braless. So i say give back the choice.

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    Troll Magnet - October 23, 2015

    you kidding?! i always tell my wife to put on a nice tight t-shirt (she’s a B cup) , nothing hotter than that!

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    squint9 - October 25, 2015

    No one ever took away your choice. You chose to wear a bra because you’re self-conscious. So, chose not to and move along. All is good.

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      Lindsay Trevaskis Dickerson - May 29, 2016

      I’m not self conscious, it’s legitimately uncomfortable to have your breasts swinging away. Bras can also become uncomfortable, but walking around for a full day sans bra, ugh.

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        Sarah Kay Storbakken-Fehr - June 2, 2016

        I agree! I have BIG boobs. I don’t like them swinging around.

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        Budgiecat - July 18, 2016

        you werent born with a bra on!

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          Guiliana Fabiano - July 27, 2016

          She wasn’t born with breasts, either!!!

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          Budgiecat - July 27, 2016

          eh? everyone is born with breasts lol

          just depends on the few who choose to surgically enhance them later in life :3

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        Kaitte - October 30, 2016

        I use the camisole with the built in shelf support. I love em year round. In summer they make a great top

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      Emma - July 14, 2016

      that’s completely not true though. it is seen as trashy/slutty/not ladylike/not professional/distracting/like some old hippie/just aesthetically unpleasing, so no, no one is forcing her at gun point to wear a bra, but yes, the choice is a hard one. i’ve literally had people make fun of it and tell me to put a bra on (and my boobs are pretty tiny at 30B!!).

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        Guiliana Fabiano - July 27, 2016

        And how do you react to that?

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Kristopher Goczoll - October 23, 2015

should you stop shaving your legs and armpits too? seems like a cultural norm for women!

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    Katie Taulbee - October 23, 2015

    I have. Why would i put a sharp object against a large area of skin every few days. Seems unnecessary and dangerous. Who cares what other people think? I am comfortable. My partners don’t care.

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      verheek - November 7, 2015

      Why wouldn’t you? It’s not dangerous just a choice. As for partners, marriage to one man is best.

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    verheek - November 7, 2015

    In Eastern Europe you see unshaven legs and arm pits. It’s normal and how God made it. As for breasts if you are big and want to look like African women…

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      Caprice Moonshine - April 5, 2016

      There’s no way I would not wear a bra as a DD cup. Friends of mine with small boobs have have no problem, but try running (or even fast walking) down the street with no bra and DDs… OUCH! When I don’t wear a bra, I can’t do anything active. I went without one for a short time and now have stretch marks as a reward (sag). Never again. I do not believe a large breasted woman will not get stretch marks all over the front of her boobs if she went braless. LOTS of women have that issue when they try.

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    Diana Auerhammer - April 8, 2016

    Only a cultural norm because we allow it to be.

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    Budgiecat - July 18, 2016

    thats where I draw the line….

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Cami - October 23, 2015

I quit wearing a bra months ago and my chronic back pain has disappeared. It doesn’t mean my d sized breasts are bouncing around in people’s faces. I do wear an undershirt. .like a camisole. I work in an office and it hasn’t been a problem at all. I do have a sports bra that I wear if needed for certain activities, but I’ll never go back to wearing a bra everyday. I feel great!

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Sean Palmer - October 23, 2015

I feel like this is a seed planted by the government, so that when the women who followed this advice, have their breasts dragging on the floor. then comes the NIP/TUCK guy to take away all of women’s pains and agony for 3 to 10 years give or take, only to have them just wanting more and more and more, like tattoos, only for then to become unhappy with themselves.. I woke up paranoid this morning. forgive me.

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    Katie Taulbee - October 23, 2015

    Nah. Bras are just stupid.

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      squint9 - October 25, 2015

      So … uh … is that one of your partner’s conclusion or did the entire group come to that conclusion? Just curious.

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vicky - October 24, 2015

(V) back pain or no back pain i wouldn’t stop wearing one. If i go one day without one on my boobs hurt so much i have to hold them up with my hands for relief. 40h, alos with boobs this size i cant bend over bra less unless i want to be smacked in the face with them.

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Michelle Parrotta Esposito - October 31, 2015

I’m sure the study is valid. Though, for some women who naturally have large breasts for some this is not possible. For me, maybe when i was young, but being 50 it would simply be uncomfortable. And my breasts do look and I feel much better in a bra. No underwire, just the latest technology where the bra is a stretchy fabric. Very Very comfortable, non restricting, with great support and easy to slip off and on.

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Michelle Parrotta Esposito - October 31, 2015

I’m sure the study is valid. Though, for some women who naturally have
large breasts, for some this is not possible. For me, (34DD) maybe when i
was young, but being 50 it would simply be uncomfortable, and because i
give a damn, is just unattractive and embarrassing. My breasts do look
and I feel much better in a bra. No underwire, just the latest
technology where the bra is a stretchy fabric. Very Very comfortable,
non restricting with great support and easy to slip in to and off.

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AV - November 5, 2015

A woman would get soooo judged and not taken seriously for going without a bra! The larger the breasts the more judged. It sucks! I wish it weren’t true.

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Janel Gunter Mitchell - November 6, 2015

I have MS and basically my immune system attacks the insulation around my nerves. This causes me to be very sensitive to fabrics among other things. Bras were driving me insane. I have had children many, many years ago so I am a triple D so I can’t just not wear anything. However, I have discovered these wonderful camisoles with built in “bras”. It’s not really a bra at all just an extra layer of fabric with a bit of elastic underneath. I have started wearing these under my tops and you can’t tell I’m not wearing a bra but it feels so much more comfortable. I can breathe and I don’t have straps digging into my shoulders. Best of all there are no under wires poking the hell out of me. So if you are well endowed perhaps you could give them a try. I found a large selection on Amazon for a very reasonable price. Good luck and be comfortable out there ladies!

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Whatsmyname2 - January 24, 2016

The thing that I hate most about this hypocritical society is that they will tell you that you have a choice and freedom to dress how you want, yet if you don’t conform to the standard of wearing a bra and altering the shape of your breast no matter how small, you will be ostracized and treated like a person with no rights or place in society. Women don’t have the choice, they are forced to say they do, but in fact must wear something whether they want to or not. The only women who have freedom are in essence, accepting rejection as a result of not wearing the bra and being cut off from a normal life. It is almost on par with a man having a tattooed face trying to fit in. It is just hard. Women have it hard enough with sexual harassment besides, and this is considered to be adding fuel to the fire.

If a Chinese princess didn’t have her feet bound and broken, she probably would have been rejected by high society and treated as a peasant. If a Muslim lady goes without a burka ensemble in Saudi Arabia, she goes to jail. I mean so how are we a more tolerant or humane society towards women like Americans think they explify? An American women is equally rejected and denied her place in the world for daring to dress to suit her health and well being by not wearing a bra instead of conforming to the breast taboo mentality and female bodily objectification of this culture.

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Natashia Wright - January 25, 2016

I don’t care to hear any male’s opinions on this matter at all because they are not women, they don’t have breasts like we have. This should be a all female topic in my opinion.

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    Emma - July 14, 2016

    silencing male voices is not feminism. you don’t have to agree with their opinions, but they are just as valid.

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Kelly H. - February 16, 2016

I am 43 now and got breadt implants at 22 years of age. I noticed a lot of sagging in the last 3 years due to me having to stop wearing bras. CostalCondritis runs in my family so bras arevery painful to wear when you have this rib condition. I definitely wouldn’t go throwing those bras away just yet girls! If anything switch to a better formed more supportive sports bra style bra with or without wire it gives the comfort of support without the pain of a tight bra, it’s the only thing I can wear at this stage. I found a very comfy style at Walmart for only $12 and sizes go all the way up to a 3X which is what I wear now and I get the needed support without any further sagging.

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Sheila Ewing Friedline - February 18, 2016

I say you don’t like seeing someone’s nipples try looking at their faces. For crying outloud who even cares? It’s a nipple. I’m a human, I have nipples. Bras hurt. Bras are binding and thank you but no thank you on wires.

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J-dawg - March 3, 2016

It would be so great if we could stop demonizing breasts to the point that we feel the need to strap them down in order to function in public. Worrying that your boobs are wobbling around? Seriously?

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Tanya Braund - April 4, 2016

you dont need a bra though! some do

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Cheryl Adkins - April 4, 2016

If the study showed that women not wearing a bra had perkier breasts that doesn’t prove that not wearing a bra caused it. It proves that women with perkier breasts are more likely to go without a bra.

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    Emma - July 14, 2016

    it depends on who was in the study. if they had a wide range of breast sizes than, no. if they only had women with perky or small breasts to begin with then, yes, but that would be an awful study.

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Caprice Moonshine - April 5, 2016

There’s no way I would not wear a bra as a DD cup. Friends of mine with small boobs have have no problem, but try running (or even fast walking) down the street with no bra and DDs… OUCH! When I don’t wear a bra, I can’t do anything active. I went without one for a short time and now have stretch marks as a reward (sag). Never again. I do not believe a large breasted woman will not get stretch marks all over the front of her boobs if she went braless. LOTS of women have that issue when they try.

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Chris Blaze - April 9, 2016

Just a note: It should say bare their chests instead of “bear”.

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Kristy Freeman - April 25, 2016

This is a nice thought, but it can be almost painful for most large chested women to run or do most activity without the support of a bra. If I led a sedentary lifestyle, then I would be on board.

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Jen Bailey - May 28, 2016

The only time I wear a bra is going clubbing or under a collared t-shirt at work in summer and yes mine are perkier :D

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Marishka Noyb - May 29, 2016

Just use Pasties for the nips

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Rene' Williams - May 29, 2016

40DD I rarely wear a bra. Free flowing and comfortable…. still perky at 59!

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Lindsay Trevaskis Dickerson - May 29, 2016

How big are your boobs, my girls need support!
Small chested woman can do this, anyone with something above a large B its uncomfortable and embarrassing to go braless . I wish!

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    Kate Indigo - October 4, 2016

    I am a DD and I am more comfortable and in less pain when not wearing a bra. I hate wearing a bra. I am also not embarrassed.

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Valdoria - June 6, 2016

Exploiting women in ADs and media is not ok. I refuse to watch media or buy products when this occurs. However, changing the culture and leaving mothers to tend to their children is fine as this article suggests.

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John M. Glennie - June 29, 2016

Women want nipple equality, yet they wear these unnatural foam-cupped bras, that don’t breath. Yeah, if you put your arm in a sling, and don’t use it, the muscles will atrophy…. same with pectoral muscles.

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Jacques Bergier - June 29, 2016

“He fails to understand
that one of the many comforting things about bras is that you rarely
have to think about where your nipples might be.”

That lady is an idiot.

I see absolutely NOTHING comforting about wearing a bra.

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Jacques Bergier - June 29, 2016

if women should wear a bra…then some kind of it would have already evolved, hehheh

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pcr1967 - July 13, 2016

If I didn’t wear a bra, my boobs would be dangling around my knees by now. It is very uncomfortable and painful even for me to go without a bra. I only take it off at night and have even considered finding a bra for that, since they constantly get in the way. Without a bra I get skin rashes, sore shoulders, and find it next to impossible to keep my back straight. It’s all a matter of the right bra. If you have the right size, it supports you without compressing anything. I wish I could go without, but that is not going to happen. Ever!

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Liv Long - July 13, 2016

She’s tiny the woman does not have to wear one. Women with bigger breasts might feel uncomfortable, I go braless but they can feel very heavy but it’s a choice we all have . FREE THE BOOBS

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Ingrid Sprandel - July 14, 2016

I’m sorry but I totally disagree with this article. I have been blessed with nice size breasts. I have always worn a bra for support. My breasts are not saggy. I have friends with about the same size breasts and did not and do not wear a bra and their breasts are saggy. I can wear a strap less dress without a bra and you can’t tell. My friends on the other hand do not look very flattering. I am only sharing my situation and I promote a good bra with good support.

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    Budgiecat - July 18, 2016

    I dun believe you send pics

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Valerie Nagle - July 14, 2016

I HATE them, they are totally uncomfortable, and I almost never wear them, but wear a loose undershirt instead…

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John Smith - July 17, 2016

Be honest : for you it just doesn’t matter! LOL !

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Tj Dromplay - July 19, 2016

This video really pissed me off. My tits are probably the same size or smaller than this chicks, and no, I don’t wear them, I don’t like them, they are uncomfortable – to me. I will, very rarely, wear a sports bra, for one reason or another….very rarely. I don’t care what society thinks or has to say about it. <<< [This was all "I"]….I am very small….my partner, however, is very large so it is very uncomfortable NOT to wear one, she doesn't like NOT wearing one, regardless of society's views. It is a personal choice. Some women feel better about their physical appearance wearing one, some women have major back pain if they don't wear one….etc
Shit, women like to wear make up, to pretty themselves up, and it makes them feel good….not necessarily because they think they're ugly without it…not because society thinks they should….but because they WANT to…they like to play with their appearance and paint their face up and they like what they see when they look in the mirror….more, less, equally, or differently without it.
But what's the point? We weren't born with make up on, we're all beautiful on the inside and out….why wear make up b/c society deems it necessary for women to wear it? Don't wear make up ladies!! Don't give in to societal norms! Fuck that.
If your point was to tell women: 'hey, don't wear a bra if you're only doing it b/c of what other people think and you'd actually prefer not to' yeah cool…power to your message. If your message was to push you opinion on all bra wearers-whatever their reason for wearing them-I have to very greatly disagree. How dare you judge what it's like for other women to live with large, and larger than average, and larger than larger-average breasts….and tell them to consider losing weight….so they can then choose to not wear a bra.
Shit man, this video totally rubbed me the wrong way. I apologize if I'm taking this out of context, or misinterpreting….but seriously….wire or no wire, bra or no bra, do whatever the fuck makes you feel good about yourself, and feel comfortable throughout your day, physically and mentally, emotionally and psychologically…but…"it's just MYYY opinion".

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Guiliana Fabiano - July 27, 2016

LITTLE SISTERS! LET ME HIP YOU TO WHAT’S COMING. Your beautiful perky breasts, REGARDLESS OF SIZE, will eventually become FLAT AS PANCAKES with nipples pointing straight down south.

Honey, I’m on the wrong side of 50 and I hate to tell you, but no matter WHAT you do (except maybe implants, I can’t speak to those), your breasts will wind up pointing straight south and have NO MASS.

As a teenager I once saw my grandmother putting on her bra. I SAW what will happen to all of us, and I WAS SHOCKED. I didn’t say anything to her of course, but I convinced myself that it waa because she’d nursed three babies. WELL. WHAT A SHOCK I WAS IN FOR WHEN IT HAPPENED TO ME! I didn’t nurse my one son, but my breasts were still GONE. FLAT!!!!! RUINED!!!!! It was DEVASTATING. No shit!

THAT’S WHY I’m here! warning all of YOU. Do what’s comfortable for YOU and don’t listen to anyone else. If you wear bras, get comfortable ones. Fancy bras are like high heels (they have their uses, if you catch my drift? as long as they come off after they serve their purpose….) but you don’t wanna LIVE in them (and it’s not good for your body if you do).

As far as using bra vs no bra to prove you don’t follow the pack? There are SO MANY easier ways. And FWIW, if you feel the need to PROVE ANYTHING to ANYONE, you’re missing the whole point.

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Lehst - September 21, 2016

Every person’s body is different.
It would be great if we could do what we feel is best for our lifestyle and comfort, without being judged.

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suraj singh - October 27, 2016

I think , its a dare thing to go without bra because its a uncommon .. most of women prefer to go to wear , they feel comparable n its a necessity to give support to breast and hide nibble …. so with bra is more comfortable than no bra…

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Candi - November 13, 2016

I stopped wearing a bra 15 years ago when the local hospital during breast cancer awareness month October put out information on how wearing bras lead to breast cancer
I have had three kids and breast fed them all.
Since I have stopped wearing a bra my boobs at age 42 are healthier, firmer, and perker then they have ever been.
I would encourage every women to give up the bra. Do it for your health and for your family. You only get one life to live.

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Sandra Quinn - November 25, 2016

it’s cold out the folks!!!!!

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Rebeca Jean Dupre - December 4, 2016

I am extremely large breasted. (a G cup, if you must know). I’ve only ever worn bras because of society. I was told I had to. I’ve never wore one to bed, and most of the time (since I’ve been an adult – I am in my forties) I don’t wear one at home. Whenever I went out, my friends and family would ALWAYS say something about my breasts, so I kept them uncomfortably locked away. I had bras that fit me perfectly, measured every way I could be, and got them refitted every six months. I was never comfortable. My boobs are the butt of many jokes in my family, it always got to me. I got over it. I quite wearing a bra regularly about three months ago. I wear one if I am doing sports, or if I have to do something official, but otherwise I do not wear one, and I will never wear a bra daily again. My neck and back don’t hurt as bad, I don’t have lines dug into my shoulders and ribs. I am free, Thank God! I wear tank tops (male wife beaters) underneath my clothes, it keeps the swinging freely thing down. I feel so much better, psychology and physically, since I stopped. Don’t knock it til you try it!

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mariha huisman - December 13, 2016

I have a dd40 and no kids, I have been braless for a year and don’t like it very much, but I still look great.

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