Bucking a social trend
I heard about the organisation 'free the nipple' and thought little about it until I came home from work until one day then realised how relieved I was to take my bra off and made the connection. I stood topless looking at myself in the mirror, mostly at the strap line's that had cut into my shoulders and went from under my boobs right around my back.
Those cut lines or indentations felt so uncomfortable I massaged as far around as I could reach which softened them a little then I continued massaging my boobs which felt rather nice. They were feeling a little tender because I had a period coming on but after spending a few minutes massaging them, that PMT tenderness went away.
I'd read quite a bit about breast health and the ongoing debate about bras not being particularly good for the health of one's breasts, so after an evening of contemplation and a sense of daring, the next morning I went to work without one.
My bust is not exactly small, but we are expected to dress rather conservatively. I felt ever so nervous and a little bit sexy, but the entire day went by and no one noticed. That didn't make sense because everyone has such a fixation about boobs and occasionally I even find myself checking out other women's racks. Two more days went by before I finally told one of the girls at work and she didn't believe me so I showed her to prove it.
She was almost appalled that I could be so improperly dressed and I soon regretted telling her because by the end of the day, everyone knew and I got a few strange looks and comments. I protested and told them that I'd been experimenting for a couple of weeks and no one had noticed, so what was their problem?
I felt bit intimidated so the next week I made sure I was properly dressed for work and the conversation went away. After work and on weekends I went without a bra and when I wore skimpier clothes, people would sometimes look, smile and I'd feel sexy. But the few people I talked with agreed that it was nobody's business but mine. After a month I resumed not wearing a bra to work making sure I told no one and no one seemed to notice or said anything.
So four months later this is what I have observed:
- I've no longer had any neck and shoulder pain all the tension headaches that used to bother me.
- I feel much more comfortable because I'm not having bra straps cutting into my skin or those underwires coming loose and stabbing me.
- I no longer get as much breast tenderness before and during my periods.
- At work people don't notice and when I'm out in public, the people who look at me and smile leave me feeling sexy and responsible.
- I've done a lot more research and found that bras are only a modern invention that have known own health benefits, and furthermore they don't prevent breast sag has some on my aunts proclaim.
- As the months went by I've found myself enjoying my new freedom and love of self. It felt natural to be who I am and not smushed into something that does more harm than good.
- I's amazing how great I feel about myself. It's like relearning who I am without society’s weird expectations about my body.
- I've not been raped or even groped though a few guys have stared more than they should.
- I've taken control of my life and enjoy every minute of my liberation.
- I was delighted the other day when I went to the mall but I saw at least a half-dozen women going bra less which lifted my confidence.
- There are occasions when nipples will erect and at such times is good to have a couple of Band-Aids handy.
Sexism and patriarchy sucks
Society’s rules on what’s appropriate and what’s not are stifling but when you decide your own life, then life is magical. I'm not suggesting that every woman should go bra less, but I think everyone should take the opportunity to experiment and to realise that there is a choice and that just by having realising that we have a choice is of itself liberating.
The world we live in is mostly dominated by misogynists (people who don't like or who want to oppress and control women) who dictate and even brainwash everyone into believing and behaving as they want us to.
This whole patriarchal and misogynistic movement is supported by the press and media because sexy sells and woman's bodies have been used and abused for generations, so this time we reclaimed our bodies and ourselves.
Check out Samanthaheuwagen who shares a similar story.