Note that I've known about and have appreciated her choice since I've been with her. It goes well beyond a simple novelty -- she's pushing against culture and speaks her mind to anyone who pushes back. Why is a bra needed? It's not, in most cases. I know a couple of guys that go without underwear, because it's not really needed either. (I'm considering this as well.) Anyway, onward to her story...
Women being forced to wear bra’s in the 21st century.
Has anyone ever noticed how men and women treat other women who choose not to wear a bra? Well I have because I never wear a bra unless I am required to wear one.
What do I normally get from complete strangers? Here are some the reactions:
Men normally come up to me and start to flirt. They act like I'm easy just because of the clothing that I wear. Generally I wear low cut or thin shirts where it's easy to tell if I am wearing a bra or not. In my past of dating men Doug is the only one that didn't care whether I wore a bra or not.
Now for the woman, so men don’t feel that they're being targeted. I have a story for you. I was at a bridal shop trying on my bride’s maid dress that my friend had picked out. When I came out of the dressing room wearing the dress, the seamstress said to me "Should I get your bra for you?" I asked "why?" She said, "Well aren’t you going to wear a bra on her wedding day?"
I looked at her and said, "no why should I?" I have never seen a face like that before until I looked at the seamstress. She had the look of disgust and surprise at the same time. I of course had to ask her, "is there something wrong?" The woman looked at me like I was the most horrible person in the world for saying that I don’t want to wear a bra.
She paused and realized that I was serious and said "Well it’s more appropriate if you wear a bra. So should I go and get your bra?" I replied, "No you shall not because I choose not to wear a bra." Is it such a horrible thing that a woman should have the ability to choose between wearing a bra and not wearing a bra?
According to the Wikipeida:
Some have questioned the practical need for the bra given that some women prefer to go without a bra on a regular basis. The bra has become charged with political and cultural meanings that overlay its practical purpose. Traditionally it is viewed as symbolic of a young girl's coming of age. It can also be interpreted as a feminine icon. On the other hand, some feminists consider the brassiere a symbol of the repression of women's bodies. It was originally developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
I work in a nursing home and I sort of understand their reasoning for staff to wear bras. Because the breasts are pieces of skin that attract men to the woman. The other reason is for women's safety with dangerous residents, which they like to grab on to available parts of skin. Sure I guess I could understand that is it’s a safety issue. I just wish people would be more accepting of my decision, and treat me the same as a bra-wearing woman. For the only difference between a woman who wears a bra and a woman who doesn't wear a bra is the bra.