Free The Nipple
When did a bra become a required piece of clothing?
If you are wearing a bra for support or to be more modest, I get it, but for us flat and semi-flat chested women out there I want to know when it became a requirement to put a bra on before leaving the house? I was looking though my bras a few months ago and realizing they are literally just thin triangles of fabric (that I somehow still find wildly uncomfortable) and I was questioning why it was that I felt the need to put them on every single day. I mean, it's no secret that I don't have huge breasts and these bras are doing absolutely nothing for me, (and they may actually doing more harm than good) so why am I wearing one?
Oh, that's right. The nipple.
I wore a bra every single day (and I hated every minute of it) because I felt like I couldn't risk having a the shape of my nipple ever show though my shirt. I'm not even talking about the nipple itself mind you, just someone at some point seeing through my shirt confirmation that I do, in fact, have a nipple. The sight of an actual nipple can cause a national uproar (case in point Janet Jackson) yet strangely, over the last few decades it's been totally acceptable to show more and more cleavage. The truth is that we are not a nipple friendly country. (If you are in doubt take a trip to Paris). So, a bra it was.
I was texting with some friends the other night, basically confirming that I'm going to give up bras unless I was at a my kids' school, and we got on the topic of the 90's nipple. The gist was that the 90's was just a great time for the nipple and it was one that we are women didn't really appreciate. In almost every Gen X movie and publication you would see nipple that was freed it's interesting that as society have gotten more proper, and somewhere along the way the nipple became taboo. You can literally be naked on Instagram and if your nipples are covered it's acceptable. Show a little nipple, even when feeding a child, and your content will be deemed inappropriate. That says a lot about how little we think of the nipple.
The confusing part of it for me is that one of the things men and women both have in common is that we both have nipples and last time I checked men aren't wearing bras. Actually, a lot of them aren't even wearing shirts. (You all have seen the Bachelor, right?) Recently, I've been noticing more and more imagery that again celebrates the female nipple, which is a start, but I'm looking forward to seeing more and more women go braless. It's better for your health and it saves you the hassle of actually having to burn the damn thing. (Kidding. Sort Of). Maybe I will change my tune as I age, but for now I think I need to give my nipples a little room to breathe. It's time to let them go free. Xx
P.S. I LOVE this Instagram account which celebrates women’s bodies exactly as they are. Funny enough, the account is from my favorite brand of bras for those times that I feel the need to be covered.