We’ve already called out men for unequal pay and media for unrealistic portrayals of feminine physique. We got to the point where EUSA has taken on campus sexual assault, where it’s perfectly fine to look like a Michelin Man crossed with Lizzie McGuire, and where Frida Kahlo’s constantly lurking to jump out at you at the most unexpected moment and call you to free the nipple.
However, the silent and invisible oppressor of feminine bodies has remained in force. THE BRA.
Dropping the bra is not a new thing. (Neither is burning it). By now, liberated feminists have done it for decades, for a variety of reasons (why should I, why bother, uncomfy, but most importantly: you can get a cool T-shirt to show off your affiliation with an exclusive feminist club).
But does anyone ever talk about how uncomfortable it is to walk around (let alone run or jump) without a bra?
It’s uncomfortable. No, it’s more than that —
— it’s painful.
(And nipples get cold).
I bet most male-bodied persons don’t realise or even think about how expensive bras are. I was speaking to a male friend of mine recently. I was also thinking about how I really need a new bra. He was saying how expensive train tickets to get home were. And then I thought… with all respect, but what do you spend money on that I don’t have to pay for?
So here’s my three suggestions:
- Bras funded by the national health service.
Freedom from pain and damage to milk glands!
- Equal pay with extra bra allowance or token
Not saying that bras should be rationed, but females definitely should not be paid less AND be expected to pay for their bras themselves.
- Transparent bras!
Freeing the nipple should not be conditioned by not wearing a bra.
Legalise transparent swimsuit tops on non-naturist beaches! End the double standards.
If you took the time to read this and got to the end, just know you’re loved and very much appreciated.
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