Boobs. Ta-ta’s. Breasts. Fun bags.
We all know them and love them, right? But why are we so afraid of them? It seems to me that the most threatening factor isn’t the fatty tissue as a whole. It’s the nipple. The smallest aspect of this glorious, well praised body part scares the life out of us. However, that seems to only be the case with women.
“I’m too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my–“
Women’s bodies are so sexualized that even the most mundane parts are considered scandalous; even the parts we share with men. Biologically though, female breasts are composed of a specialized tissue that produces milk, according to WebMD, as well as fatty tissue.
The specialized tissue is referred to as lobes, which are broken into several other parts called lobules. These lobules connect to ducts that essentially lead the breast milk out the nipple tissue. The size varies based upon the amount of fat, however, the connective tissue is what helps the breast have its form. The connective tissue, as well as the ligaments, help to support the breast.
This means that bras aren’t the only thing supporting your chest, ladies. Wearing bras can actually cause your connective tissue and ligaments to “atrophy and weaken“, making your natural support system fail even faster over time. Sexualization is an issue, but not the only culprit of our nip-phobia.
“Location, Location, Location”
Being raised in a pretty much conservative town has taught me that public opinion is king. What would a nice wholesome girl from Western North Carolina even do without a bra in public?
She’d have to walk around with her arms crossed, hoping the neighbor boy doesn’t see her “Christmas gifts” as she reaches for the grapes.
College changed my life for the better. Though my university was only 45 minutes away from my house, it gave me a chance to see the world from a place further than my small town church pews. I was able to experience freedom.
“Does your chain hang low? Does it wobble to the floor? Can you throw it over–wait what?”
When we get old, so does our body. Our joints get weaker and so do our breast ligaments. We’ve all heard the gimmick: “Do this and your breast won’t sag..” But the truth is, it’s going to happen anyway.
You can’t stop time (If you can, please tell me you trick). It’s like saying that the anti-wrinkle cream will have you looking like J-Lo at 60 (J-Lo won’t be 60, you will). It will slow the process, but it won’t stop it.
There is also a myth that suggests that not wearing bras will result in faster sagging, however, in this article, it shows that there is an increase in perkiness for the women who go braless. However if you attempt to prevent sagging (slow the process rather), going braless will probably be your best choice.
“Oh my God, Becky. Look at her–“
Women talk more than men. That’s a fact. We are more social. Being more social comes with a few pros and cons.
Pro: We have friends Con: We talk shit about people with our friends.
We care about what people say, and sometimes we don’t have enough courage to just live our lives. It’s OK. That’s natural. But now is the time to forget the status quo and just go for it. Your boobs will thank you.
As women, we should be able to walk past another woman not wearing a bra and go on about our day, but that’s not the case. Our eyes tend to shun the nipple. Many of us feel shame when the outline of our nipples poke through our tank top after entering a cold room. Some can’t say the word without turning rosy pink and giggling.
Be bold, and never be afraid to capture your own freedom.
Whether you are embarking on your new journey to free your chest, or if you would much rather stick to your polka-dotted and lacy bras, it is important to maintain good health.
You can simply perform a self-examination once a month. Self-examinations are efficient but it won’t give you all the answers.
It is suggested that you go to your gynecologist for an annual clinical exam, as well as (if you are 40 years+ or in a high-risk group) a mammogram every one to two years.
For more information please visit breastcancer.org, and check with your doctor regularly.