The Bra, Five Reasons to Stop Wearing the Bra

Tyler Shields - Burning Bra

Several summers ago, one month after writing this "No More Bras" revelation, and during a re-birth of my feminine divinity, I was working to free my inner goddess, I found out the image of "the burning bra", done by Photo Artist / Director Tyler Shields. His artwork was perfect, and I needed permission to display it in this article. I was a newbie on HubPages, I was terrified that he would laugh at me, and demand I remove his classic "burning bra" from "Five Reasons To Stop Wearing a Bra." I am happy to say that #TylerShields is a very nice guy. He did not demand a take down, he gladly granted me permission to use his image. All of the years of being a fan, I think he gets it too, about the bra thing.

The Five Reasons to Stop Wearing the Bra, are more true than ever before. In some ways, The Bra defines who women are in our society.

Perhaps nature / nurture / creator intended for the natural woman to feel that she is free to own her breasts, as long as they are securely bound.

Bras are not so friendly to large breasted women. Bras are just a mechanism to contain breasts, the very things that terrify, thrill and enthrall human beings everywhere.

Left to a woman's definition of herself, she could ably find her modesty and comfort; no legislation or curses needed.

A Revival!

Burning Bra   Courtesy of TylerShields.com!
Burning Bra Courtesy of TylerShields.com! | Source

Freedom from Bondage and Abuse

1). Wearing a bra is painful - In the 30 years I wore a bra, there are only a few times I can remember feeling comfortable. Even after getting measured by the JC Penny Bra guru, and getting the right size and cup, comfort flees quickly. The first few hours with the bra on is okay. Denial hits with the first 'swipe' of putting the strap back up where it goes. It becomes an all day irritant; creep, swipe, creep, adjust...eeekk.

2). Large breasted women often suffer more pain and damage to their backs and shoulders from wearing a bra, than they would by going natural. Except for societal impositions, a small breasted woman only needs a bra for cosmetics.

3). Bras, even the most expensive, eventually confine, twist, crawl and pinch. Perhaps wearing a bra can burn calories (?). There is nothing in the calorie counting book for bra Olympics.

4). Have you noticed, that the bra was an evolution of an invention created by a man; the corset (that torture device that women were pressured in to. They felt the need to conform their figures to be more desirable. This included the sacrifice of breaking ribs, damaging intestines, and other vital organs, causing less oxygen to be allowed into the lungs, lessening the ability for her to breathe, sending lower levels of oxygen to the brain). The societal demand for a woman to wear a bra, seems to coincide with world religions that have attempted to cover and bind women's spirit and power...it blocks the heart.

5). Many women who work all day, are dressed "business serious". This includes a bra that either enhances her assets, or simply binds and keeps the girls confined. Most women cannot wait to cross the threshold of her home, kicking the high heels off, and ripping the offending tortuous Brassier off!


Cat Wearing Bra - Courtesy Google Images /www.lovemeow.com
Cat Wearing Bra - Courtesy Google Images /www.lovemeow.com

Aren't You Wearing A Bra, You Poor Thing?

I did not wear a bra until 1977 at 17 years of age.

In polite Southern society wearing a bra is referred to as covering oneself, or being modest. In 1977, shortly after moving to Rural Arkansas from Southern California, I would get the impolite southern question, "Aren't you wearing a bra? You poor thing, let us help you"

Who wants to stick out? In order to be a part of the community and fit in, I got finally got fitted with a brassiere. Since then, I had lived with decades of abuse by Bra. Day after day, week by week, yearly, getting pinched, and gored when penetrated by a broken or slipped wire.

I have spent entire days pushing the bra strap back up onto my shoulders. In our society, I felt like I would be less attractive and look slutty if I did not bustle up.

In 2010 on my 51st Birthday, I revisited my birth State of California. One of my first actions was to remove my bra. In the society of the community in California, it was 'normal' to be free, and go bra free. It took only moments for me to go back to what I knew. I have freed myself from the dreaded Bra once again.

It is simple to wear a tank or undershirt beneath a dress or shirt. Unless someone is crossing your boundaries, it is not noticeable. I still keep a couple around for times when I prefer to be covered, but it is my choice and it is too late to go back to boob jail again.

If God had intended us to hide our mammary glands, and to change the form of our breasts, we would have been born with covered taps...don't you think?

Testimony:"Why I Don't Wear A Bra," by Andrea Cox

Citations

© Copyright tylershields.com-photo "burning bra" all rights reserved © Copyright lovemeow.com all rights reserved cat with bra

© 2010 Lori J Latimer

More by this Author


Comments 119 comments

katiem2 profile image

katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Good points but I just can't go bra less because I don't want to loose my up standing position if you know what I mean. I do experience a lot of pain from wearing bras at times. Try being a 34 C, now that's a hard size to be and my shoulders do hurt from holding it all up. I wish we had more comfortable options. Great read thanks :)


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you for the comment! Yes, I under"Stand". lol - At least now you may feel a little freer sneaking it off occasionally. :0)


Green Lotus profile image

Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

As a small-breasted woman I have to say I too hate wearing a bra so I can still relate. Can't stand being strapped I guess. Luckily a camisole with a shelf works or those stick on Nu Bra's do the trick, although in this heat I'm jealous of guys who can go topless :) Welcome to HP Lilly!


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Green Lotus, thank you for taking time to comment. Glad you enjoyed...


2pretty2sweat profile image

2pretty2sweat 6 years ago from Long Island

haha this is wonderful.. although I am only a b-cup, i don't mind wearing a bra.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

2pretty2sweat, I am glad you got a chuckle out of this!


glassvisage profile image

glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

One more reason: They are a b**** to shop for! :)


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

glassvisage - right On! Thank you for your comment.


Dink96 profile image

Dink96 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

My girls need the support, but it's one of the first things to come off when I hit the door after work. I was in San Francisco the summer women were burning their bras and I completely understand why now, after decades of slavery!

Great hub and welcome to the 'hood!


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Dink96 Thank you for your feedback and Welcome! A Revival is called for, eh? LOL


Lisa HW profile image

Lisa HW 6 years ago from Massachusetts

All good reasons and great Hub (although I can't say I've ever found them at all uncomfortable (at least not until the straps get washed too much and start slipping off your shoulders and driving you insane. :) )


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Lisa HW - just thinking about the hours I have spent worrying over straps, raises my blood pressure. Thank You!

:0)


mulberry1 profile image

mulberry1 6 years ago

Wearing a bra never bothered me until the last 5-10 years. I don't know if it's the age thing or that it's hard to find a bra without underwire, Heavy push up padding, etc. or what but now they drive me NUTS. I'm giving it a few more years, and I may decide to free myself.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Write On mulberry1 - It is a great feeling! Kinda makes that Diva part come alive...Thanks for the comment!


RunAbstract profile image

RunAbstract 6 years ago from USA

I hate bras too! I am a small breasted woman, but with really big nipples, (go figure)... so sometimes, I just slap a band-aide over each mountain on the molehills and call it quits! It keeps the points from pointing, and no-one is the wiser!

This was yet another great article from you!


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

RunAbstract, thank you for you Wonderful comments! Right on Girl! Be Free! I appriciate the kudos! :0)


PaperNotes profile image

PaperNotes 6 years ago

Wow, very interesting! There was this time when it was really hot in our place and I did not remove my bra, I got some rashes on my chest. It was terrible. Thank goodness my baby's talc did the healing of the skin rashes.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

PaperNotes, thank you for giving this a read, and leaving a comment. It has been since May that I abandoned the wicked things, and am finding many creative ways to keep from wearing one. I do still keep the things around, but only as an exception, and not the rule. Again, Thanks!


Sweetsusieg profile image

Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

We really don't want to see me without a bra, I promise...Heck as it is I need a spatula at my bedside to roll over... Ok, so that was wrong on so many levels!! LOL

Great Hub, I just wish I could be more free!!


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

At least maybe you will think about it. It is fun to find cool tanks that snug the ladies in place, and one cannot tell!


theherbivorehippi profile image

theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

LOL....I LOVE this hub!!! So inspirational! I am taking mine off immediately. Who was this evil person that invented these things? And you are right...when I don't wear one, my back always feels more comfortable! Fabulous hub and rated up for sure!!


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

theherbivorhippi! Thank you! I have worn a bra about 5 times since May 14th 2010, I am a big girl, and my girls are Happy! Less stress too! I cannot believe how much effort was spent on adjusting those suckers...Yeah! Sweet Freedom!


vocalcoach profile image

vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Now this is a great hub! I go without a bra whenever I can. Almost daily. Have been entertaining the thought of trying a sports bra for times when I do want support. I feel like I am imprisoned when I wear a bra. And I am a free spirit...therefore I say, burn, baby burn.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank You Vocalcoach! Like so many things we have been led to believe, wearing a bra, does not make the girls stronger. Since I stopped, the girls are not as affected by gravity as when I wore the torture device full-time! There are some very cool tanks and other undershirts that offer quite a bit of support! Write On Sister, we need a new holiday! Burn your Bra Day! That is something to sing about!


Maria likes silicone nipple covers 6 years ago

When I wear a dress, instead of bras I prefer using silicone nipple covers, I feel comfortable and confident!!


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you for the visit by, and comment. Very much appreciated. If you notice, I linked your suggestion, and Amazon carries Braza as well. Great products!

A special Shout Out to Tyler Shields for putting her pic on Google Images, where you can use, if you site their work. :0)


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Tyler Shields is a man - His pic on Google images! correction -


Leptirela profile image

Leptirela 6 years ago from I don't know half the time

hahahaah :))) am saying nothing about the bra,

however, Some good points and i love this hub!

Original title!

hehehe... If I dit wear one though, Id have nothing left

hahaha :)

thank you for sharing, thumbs up!


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Leptirela - Thank you for the read and enlightening comments. hee hee. Pleasure to have met you. Thanks.


Awesomeness 6 years ago

This is a shitty Hub. I mean, seriously? I will always wear a bra. I only not wear one in the shower duh. Can't u take this hub thing down? geez, it really sucks, ma'am. later hahahahahhahahaahahahahhhahahahahhahahha


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Awesomeness! Thank you for your visit and comment! One day you may join the braless, you never know! :0)


JohnBarret profile image

JohnBarret 6 years ago

I was just curious why not, and its a very girly matter. Sorry to interrupt you :)


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

JohnBarret - Thank you for the read and comment!


AutumnLockwood profile image

AutumnLockwood 6 years ago from Northern California

Can't imagine not wearing a bra at the office!


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Dear AutumnLockwood - Thank you very much for the read, and comment. I love having company by. There are ways to wear tanks and other undershirts that make it impossible to detect, unless someone is looking way too close! Is it difficult to imagine keeping a pinching, prodding, strap game stopped for one day? :0)


OpinionDuck profile image

OpinionDuck 6 years ago

ducks don't wear bras but this was interesting.

I would think that number 6 would be because you can.

Just out of curiosity have any women generated a better bra than the one created by a man?

voted this hub up and funny, amusing wasn't available

~:}


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

OpinionDuck - Thanks for the read and rating, you gave me a good laugh. You ask a good question, I am not sure women get much involved in Bra Building. :0) I know we came up with little round band-aids to cover our nipples!


OpinionDuck profile image

OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Lilly

Another question?

Do you think that if a bra was worn to replace a blouse, instead of under the blouse that it would be consdiered indecent?

I guess the point is at what point does our clothing or lack of it become a federal case?

It was your comment on the band aids for the nipples that stimulated these questions.

Thanks


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

In the 1980's there was a brief flirtation with wearing 'underclothes' on the outside; Madonna comes to mind.

I think your question is timely, this summer someone has suggested a constitutional amendment that women should be able to go topless as a man does, I don't know where the case is now... :0)


OpinionDuck profile image

OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Lilly

When I thought about the women topless issue, in reality there is little difference in the breasts. Men and women both have them, and while they look different, so do breasts among women look different. So, I guess I don't know why they shouldn't be allowed on the beach with the men. There is a major difference in the sexual apparatus in the Southern Hemisphere, but it must stem from our country;s Puritan founders.

What the hell do I know about it, I am a duck, all our breasts look alike.

~:}


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

OpinionDuck - Thank you for this dialog, it is good to discuss the points of this important issue. I agree on a beach, who cares really? Puritan's can play in a pool in their backyard if they don't want to view bare chests. Hee hee.


molson5070 profile image

molson5070 6 years ago from State College, Pa

Wearing a bra is the worst when you work out. Sometimes I wish I was a guy!


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

molson5070 - Thank you for the read and comment. Today, more men are wearing bras too...Just go a'naturale! :0)


debbiesdailyviews profile image

debbiesdailyviews 6 years ago

Lilly, what a fab hub this is.

I remember,and was part of the BURN YOUR BRA era ...

Of course that went back to normal far to quickly, although I am still a hippy at heart. I to this day HATE WITH A VENGEANCE wearing a Small Hammock (I really don't know why I bother. Mine would truly fit the cat in your photo )

I love a nice spray tan all yr round, but the dreaded red tell-tale signs of restriction is all to apparent !

Sod it... You have put forward a good case.

TOMORROW IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE " BRA-LESS ! ! !

LOOK FORWARD TO MORE OF YOUR HUBS

Wonder what else you can talk me into hahaha


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Wooowieee! Debbiesdailyviews, Thank you for coming by, giving a read, and Joining the Cause! I can think of several ideas to promote self expression, and freedom of thought! Maybe..."the Streak?"


smspang profile image

smspang 6 years ago from baltimore, md.

Haha. That was a very innovative hub. I'm a man so I dont wear a bra, but I've heard that they are a pain in the ass. Do what makes you happy. No reason to walk around uncomfortable all day. Thats why I switched to boxers when I was younger.

http://thefreakazoid.weebly.com

h


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you smspang! Your comments hit 100% accurate. Pleased that you stopped by for a read. :0)


Jasmine JellyBaby 6 years ago

I didn't know that its a man who invented the bra, he should be shot for making our lives a misery! I'm a small breasted girl and I never wore a bra before I was 17.. ahh the good old days lol. Nice hub hun very interesting xx


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you Ms. Jasmine. Thank you for stopping by for a read and nice comment. Remember, today can be the start of "the good ol' days" once again! The Best to you. :0)


Tina Kachan profile image

Tina Kachan 6 years ago from Europe, Croatia

You have made some good points there but I just can`t, I feel naked when I go outside without my bra. Maybe in the future they will invent painless bra or something like that.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Tina K, Thank you very much for giving this a read. Thank you for leaving a comment. Whatever makes you feel the most comfortable is what you should do. :0) The best to you. Thanks.


givingfairy profile image

givingfairy 6 years ago from some place in the Big Apple

Very interesting. Didn't know a man invented bras. Great information


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

givingfairy, Thank you very much for giving this a read. Glad you stopped and left a comment. Thanks bunches.


roxsilver profile image

roxsilver 6 years ago from West Coast

Bravo!!!


Texasbeta 6 years ago

I had no idea they were so painful. There appears to be a great number of things that men created and somehow convinced women that they needed it. Regardless, rock on strong ladies! I've learned something today.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

roxsilver, glad to have you come by for a read. Thank you for your kind comment! Let true freedom ring.

Texasbeta, so kind of you to drop by for a read and it makes me feel good that a topic and movement that has seemed dead, has suddenly risen from the ashes of bras burned in the 1960's. Thank you for your comments. :0)


SJKSJK profile image

SJKSJK 6 years ago from delray beach, florida

I really enjoyed your hub. I also have wearing a bra, but do not have a choice since I have had a masectomy, and if I don't wear a bra, I look weird. I will admit, I cannot wait to get home at night to get undressed.


StyloNom profile image

StyloNom 6 years ago from Illinois

I'm like 15 and i'm a 36 C, (And still growing), but if you didn't wear a bra wouldn't you get all "saggy"?


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

SJKSJK I am sorry for your loss. It would be nice if we lived in a world where people were viewed for their value and inner beauty; scars and all, and it would be comfortable to live comfortably. The Best to you, and thank you very much for stopping in and leaving this heartfelt comment. :0)

StyloNom, thanks for coming by and giving this a read. As a pre-teen, I wore a 'training bra', they were horrible and never stayed where they were supposed to. In California in the 60's and 70's women were burning their bras, a lot of research was done, and it was found that women who only wore a bra occasionally had more firm breasts than women who have had them held up for them. We also did breast strengthening exercises to keep from getting saggy braless or not. This keeps the breasts on the up and up. The best to you. :0)


evvy_09 profile image

evvy_09 6 years ago from Athens, AL

Great hub. Going braless usually makes me feel like I'm sagging or being weighed down in front. And then other times I can't wait to take it off. I love the tanks with the built in bra and have found them to be very comfortable. Shopping for a pretty And comfortable bra is a big pain especially since I'm between a c and d.


Kim Lynn profile image

Kim Lynn 6 years ago

I agree, in the 70's my mom was called to my high school because during a locker check it was full of bras. Guess I wasn't too embarrased, I hardly remember it. Halters were the style and every day I changed in the woods. Now I can hardly get home without pulling it through my sleeves. At home I sling it, and Frog's going to put up a hook I can aim for!


lindajot profile image

lindajot 6 years ago from Willamette Valley - Oregon

I started wearing a sports bra instead of the underwire I dealt with for many, many years. It is soooo much more comfortable and I although I may be kidding myself, I feel I'm helping fight gravity at least a little bit.

Great Hub - I love it!


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

evvy_09, thank you so much for dropping by for a read, and sharing your experience with the great bra dilemma. How long do they remain comfortable? :0)

Kim Lynn, thanks for the trip back. We used to make halter skirt top things that were braless and backless, but they could be descrete depending upon the material we used. LOL :0)Thanks for coming by for a read and leaving a comment. "Frog's going to put up a hook I can aim for!" sweet. Thanks again.

I agree with you 100%. I have had a few, I feel claustrophobic climbing in, and they made me sweat. But if I was doing heavy duty, lifting, or something that could result in injury, I will wear one.


Megavitamin profile image

Megavitamin 6 years ago

I love the phrase "boob jail"--hilarious! Congratulations on your freedom. I often opt for the bottom tank-top instead of the boob binder. Rock on!


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Megavitamin, thanks for dropping by with your Vote for Freedom! Thank you for the read and comments. The best to you.


thougtforce profile image

thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden

Lovely hub! I totally agree that it is a relief to take it off in the evenings! But to go without a bra among people is totally impossible! I wouldn´t feel at all comfortable. To big, to.. everything! Sadly enough, I sometimes have difficulty to make eye contact with some of the male sex! I feel a desire to want to wave; Hi, up here am I!!And based on my age, that says more about the men than my breasts!

And when "they" are big, gravity affects! It isn´t flattering whithout even if everyone understands that life takes its course.This hub is funny, useful and actual! and voted up! Thanks, I really enjoyed reading:)


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

thoughtforce, thank you very much for coming by for a read, and leaving comments. Thanks for expressing your feelings about wearing a bra, and society. Glad you enjoyed this. Come back anytime. :0)


Wendy Krick profile image

Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

These are all great points. I hate wearing a bra. At the end of the day, I take my bra off even before I take off my shoes.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Wendy K, it is so nice to have you come by and leave this comment. Another voice in the crowd. Perhaps this renewed zeal of ridding womanhood of such confines, will cause young engineers to fashion a garment that is lovely and alluring, never pinching or slipping...one can dream. Thank you very much.


RunAbstract profile image

RunAbstract 6 years ago from USA

I just LOVE the humor you used with this article! The facts are great too, but the way you related them made my day! Salute!

When I started sitting on parts of my butt I'd never sat on before, I decided I no longer needed a bra, and now I'm FREE on most occasions! I still strap in when I absolutely feel I HAVE too, but those times are becoming fewer and farther between! (And thank goodness for that!)


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

RunAbstract, hee, hee, hee. "When I started sitting on parts of my butt I'd never sat on before..."

Thank you very much for coming by and leaving a positive comment for this great revival of no more bras (unless necessary). Thanks for noticing the humor. I have a lot of subtle humor in my Hubs, and occasionally someone mentions it. The best to you, and happy T-Day!


saddlerider1 profile image

saddlerider1 6 years ago

It pains this old Saddlerider to see a woman with a bra. If I had my way I would have shot that Dude who invented the sling shot(bra):0) Nothing like freedom to swing and god bless the a/c in the meat department on those hot braless shopping days. It's very titalating:0) Now ladies don't listen to me, I'm just a man. However if I had my way I to would be a bra burner..he he he


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Saddlerider1, Thank you for coming by for a read :0) I love your comments about the truth of how a healthy guy feels about freedom loving boobies! It is funny how, no matter how subtle I go braless, men somehow seem to know or sense it. :- )Hell, it makes me feel more womanly. Thanks for the bright spot in my day, and more support (hee hee) for the cause!


izettl profile image

izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

Love your hubs so far. This one was great! I am all on board. I often wished I was flat chested so I didn't have to wear a bra and it would be completely acceptable. I don't wear a bra at home ever since I had my daughter and my bra size increased, I hated bras especially when I was pregnant. Luckily I do some work for home and stay home with my daughter so most of the time I can avoid this contraption. I still wear it in public. I feel like people would stare otherwise. I feel opposite of you going braless in public. Maybe I'll brave it more someday.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Izetti, thank you very much for the read and comments. Being free at home and comfortable is beautiful, always do what makes you comfortable. At 51, I guess I care less about 'fitting in'. hee hee, Thanks again, come back anytime.


izettl profile image

izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

I aspire to lose the bra by 51!


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

izettl!, Thank you very much for your 'vote' in the revival of freedom! The best to you. :0)


theknickerlady 5 years ago

Hi Lilly, loved this hub. I am striking a match to my bra as I type. I am not sure your cat is to keen on taking up the bra though.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

HA, HA, HA! @theknickerlady. You got me laughing so hard with this comment, I cannot stop. The revival continues. The cat does not care for the brassier either! Thank you for the read and leaving a comment. :0)


Nash 5 years ago

Is it true that wearing a bra could cause breast cancer?


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@Nash if I could prove that inconclusively, we would be much further in the movement! Cancer is a sickness or growth in our natural system, caused by injury to some portion of our living matter. I have worn bras that I thought were killing me, just cannot prove how? Thanks for the visit and response


Nash 5 years ago

Thanks Lilly.


Rusty C. Adore profile image

Rusty C. Adore 5 years ago from Michigan

I rarely leave the house lately, I've been unemployed for what feels like forever, so I have been going bra-less for awhile now. It's great, until we do have to go somewhere and then I have to wear one. By the time I get home I'm unhooking the thing before I even get through the door! They are such a pain. I actually discovered that my body had begun to adapt to not wearing a bra, so after I shoved them inside one for an extended period of time, my breasts actually hurt after wearing it. It's even supposed to be the right size for me, I was actually measured for the proper size... now that was embarrassing. Great hub.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Dear Rusty, sorry for the late response. Being unemployed is very discouraging, but it can also search harder for other! doors to open. When one door is closed, another may be opened. The very best of luck to you, and check my Hubs on how to work for Temp agencies, I have been going through RHI since August 2010, and I love it. Freedom to write, and making just enough to pay bills and eat. The Best to you


funmontrealgirl profile image

funmontrealgirl 5 years ago from Montreal

Great read.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

funmontrealgirl, thanks for the read and comment! :0)


OffWithTheBra 5 years ago

Loved this article !! I'm 19 and a DD38 (I know shocking lol) But recently I started taking it off around when I'm going to bed and I've never felt so free! But for obvious reasons I can't feel that comfort anywhere outside of the 4 walls I call my room! I just feel it's too uncomfortable to have people staring at you at all times... lool my moms 41 and my younger sisters 16 and both have never put a bra on. Inspiration? From this day forward, I think so..


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

OffWith TheBra! Thank you for leaving a comment! I am happy to be an inspiration for personal freedom. Being comfortable is the main thing! Maybe without the bra, we would never have known how nice it is to go free! :0) Thanks again, and be comfortable anyway that is; braless or not


emma 5 years ago

I am 52 and have not worn a bra in 10 years. I do not cover up the fact that I am free. I wear whatever I want to and my nipples are ALWAYS erect. I have had many comments and with the exception of one guy at work they have all been encouraging. Some women are jealous because they say they don't have the nerve. I wouldn't have when I was younger but now I am bra free forever and wouldn't have it any other way.

Loved your article.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Emma, thank you for your input, it is always encouraging to hear from other women who have opted for freedom! Peace.


Princess 4 years ago

Hi, great 5 reasons, I always don't remove my bras unless I take a shower or I am having sex, it's always on, it never hurted me for the past 15 yrs am wearing it since I am 13. Now if I sleep with them it hurts. I don't feel relaxed, I feel am under pressure. If I sleep with them I dream of removing them. Since I am not used to braless for so many years trying to stop wearing them at nights and when I am at home.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

I hope you find peace, to wear what is the most comfortable for you. Thank you for reading and commenting.


KT Banks profile image

KT Banks 4 years ago from Texas

I can't believe I just now found this hub. Love it!

I Only wear a bra if I'm going to be around some other people that I'm afraid will be bothered if I don't wear one. Or if my sons had friends over when they were teenagers. They (the friends) always seemed to notice.

I've purchased underwires, on occasion, but have never made it through the whole day wearing one. Actually that can be said of all bras. I'm just not a bra person.

I remember the first day my Mother insisted that I wear one to school and how much the boys made fun of it. I was mortified.

* Also, even after having 3 children, there is not much sagging. I think it may depend on your skin type and genes. I don't have any stretch marks either - anywhere, even after having a 10 pound baby. I don't know why, exactly.

I would like to have a Whole List of things changed about me and my appearance, but skin isn't one of them.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you KT! I was told early on that wearing a bra only occassionally, causes the tissue to be stronger. Love your response. Thank you.


Twofish 4 years ago

Sorry to be saying this so late, but there's evidently the need for information in this world. People above have said it was a man who invented the bra, and that isn't true: it was a somewhat incremental process, but the two standouts (ha ha!) were Herminie Cadolle in France, and Mary Phelps Jacob, who got a patent on her design, then sold the rights to the Warner Corset Co, which still exists under the name Warnaco.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Twofish, thank you for your comments. I must admit I was taken in by the urband legends of Brassier and the other guy, but it was via the recommendation of the male medical community who deemed it a nessessity for women to be bound by corssets girdles, and other painful remedies for "hysteria". Thank you again!


Freedomwoman 4 years ago

I loved reading this post and the comments afterward. I measure a 34G (that's a D cup x's 4) and have had several bra fitters, through the years, suggest that I get a breast reduction because I've experienced such a high degree of shoulder pain. Recently, I've been doing a lot of research into the link between bras and breast cancer (as well as breast pain, cysts, etc.) and decided a couple of months ago to go braless. I now wear tanks when going out and wear a shirt with nothing else at home. I feel like a new person! I can't believe I've allowed myself to suffer for so long! Almost every website I've visited, on the subject, shows comments from large busted women saying they're sure they need to continue wearing a bra for support. I'm here to say that I definitely don't! The back and shoulder pain, as well as shooting pains in my breasts have become nonexistent. I feel soooo much more comfortable it's unbelievable (more so without a tank than with one) and I've come to believe that the idea that a bra is a necessary undergarment is a complete myth and could actually be unhealthy and hurtful to some women. I think it's time for women everywhere to start viewing their breasts as the lactating organs they were designed to be and not as sex objects that need to be bound and elevated to appease society. It seems strange to me that I see so many women wearing this restrictive undergarment that causes the size, shape and elevation of their breasts to have such an unnatural appearance (having similarities between the ancient practice of feet binding in china) and many of them stare at me, not wearing this restrictive piece of clothing, as if I'm the one acting unnaturally. I've decided for my health, comfort and spiritual development to remain bra free. If other women choose to wear a bra, however, I'm not going to judge them. Sorry it was so long. Thanks for letting me share.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Dear Freedomwoman,

Your commentary is an enhancement to the article, and comments section.

It may be that another sufferer reads your comment; she who is considering surgery, may instead, give the natural way a try, avoiding a lifetime of medical care, insurance riders, and additional pain. Thank you for the read, and comment.


EyesStraightAhead profile image

EyesStraightAhead 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

LillyGrillzit, I look forward to reading many more of your hubs. I smiled and laughed. As I browsed the comments I had a few laugh out loud moments. I am definitely in the "please don't just drop by" club in which I hate when someone doesn't announce their visit so I have time to put the girls back in jail. When someone arrives unannounced, they often stand outside for a few moments. I wish it weren't a necessity in public, but don't have the money to have them removed so until then I suffer through the procedure. :( Thanks for a great laugh to end my evening on HubPages. :)


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thanks for the read, and your delightful comments. It makes my day when I have shared joy and laughter with others. :0) Thanks again.


lucybell21 profile image

lucybell21 4 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

Bras are a pain in the butt. It is a relief at the end of the day to take it off, just like taking shoes off.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

lucybell21, Thank you for your comment! I agree! Peel it off, and the feeling of freedom rings!


Miss Mimi profile image

Miss Mimi 4 years ago from On the road again

Get it, girl! I definitely vote for comfort, I can't count the number of men's sweatshirts and gloves I've owned. Women's clothing seems to focus too much on sex appeal and not enough on warmth, comfort and practicality most of the time. Voted up!


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Miss Mimi, Thank you very much. You are so right! I hadn't ever made that connection, or put it into words (about mens clothing being more comfort oriented). Thank you again!


Moon Daisy profile image

Moon Daisy 3 years ago from London

I love your hub, and the sense of freedom I get from reading it! Sadly I need to wear a bra. I know it's silly, and it's my problem not other people's but I'd be too conscious of my boobs sagging down low if I didn't wear one.

Before I had my daughter they used to stay just where they were supposed to and nobody could tell if I was wearing one or not, but now they don't, and I feel like I have to.


AudreyHowitt profile image

AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

You know I had to read this one! I laughed--but there is wisdom here as well--mine comes off as soon as it possibly can--creep, adjusting my way through the day--I am all about comfort--


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you AudreyHowitt. There was a recent news report that in France of a study that states breasts are more perky without the continual embrace, and strangulation of the bra. I am glad you enjoyed this. Thank you for the comment. :0)


HappyMomma 3 years ago

LOVE THIS! Raised "Southern" I know its "indecent" to go without a bra, in fact my 4 year old recently begged for one (we had just shopped for her older sister 12, puberty hits younger and younger) and I eventually relented and bought her one. Yes they actually make one in her size! I am larger up top, 34DD and its pure torture I go without at every opportunity! Unfortunately breastfeeding for combined 2 1/2 years as aged mine a bit prematurely so I have to watch myself, its also uncomfortable to accidentally buckle them into your pants :) FREE THE TATAS!!


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

HappyMomma I so enjoyed your visit and comments! "Free the Tatas!"


Emmah 3 years ago

I wear a 34D and i have never had these problems. Though i can tell you if your strap keeps falling it is definitely too loose.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you Emmah.


mike 3 years ago

Hey lilly this was pretty interesting read, I don't know how I even came to this hub lol! I Really like how you comment back to everyone's reply... That stands out to me as being very nice! Glad you like to hear feedback. BTW I am a male so I go braless everyday! WOOHOO! :P


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Mike, thank you for the visit. You are soooo lucky you aren't expected to wear a bra either. Thank you again. Smiles.


ienjoythis profile image

ienjoythis 3 years ago from Nevada

Interesting and informative article! And while I'd love to ditch the bra, I'm sure others would wish I hadn't! Some women, especially smaller women, need the shape that a bra offers.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Ienjoythis thank you for reading this and your input. :)


Sasha 3 years ago

But at the end of the day this article is merely your own personal reasons for not wearing a bra, not good arguments against bra-wearing in general

To date there are no well-designed studies that show wearing a bra to bad for women in general. Popular media outlets like to trot out an old French study that "proved" wearing bras made breasts sag more, but it was debunked as junk science since the researcher only looked at women of a certain bust size rather than a wide range of body types.

Personally I feel more physically comfortable wearing a bra when I'm active or out and about in public walking around. I couldn't power walk braless, not with my jugs. But when I'm sitting at home doing nothing or sleeping I prefer to take it off. Regardless of how other people feel about their bras or the fact that it was invented by a man, I'm glad it exists as an option so I can wear it not wear it as I see fit. It's nice to have options. I don't think women should be forced to wear them if they don't want to.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you for your comments.


Stargrrl 21 months ago

From the perspective of one who has large breasts, I can say the bra is a life saver. I do not see it as inhibiting my freedom. Those with large breast have to carry them around and it gets strenuous around the neck and shoulders. Also, when they are loose, it does not feel right, nor does it look right. I like to wear my bra when I sleep because it holds me in place. It's uncomfortable to be without a bra. I need something holding me up.


LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 21 months ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you for reading this entire article and for your comments. The main thing is to be comfortable and do the best for your own body. I appreciate the read and comment.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working