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When Men Must Wear Brassieres | Minimizer Bras For Men

Updated on October 16, 2009

Men must wear brassieres? Why? Well, men need support too you know. Not every man is a flat chested, muscled behemoth. Some men have breasty chest tissue which needs support as well. The official name for one form of this condition is gynecomastia. Gynecomastia involves the growth of mammary tissue in the male, resulting in breasts on a male. This is not to be mistaken for the 'moob' phenomenon in which a male simply puts on a fair bit of weight and as a result of this grows chest tissue in proportion.

Men suffering from extreme gynecomastia often undergo surgical correction procedures, though not all men who suffer from this condition can afford the procedure in certain countries which do not provide health care to their citizenry as a matter of course. Freakin' barbarians. (Living in a socialist empire has made me look down upon those who leave people to suffer should they not be fortunate enough to be able to pay for insurance.) But I digress.

Men who don't have access to corrective surgery therefore need brassieres. As any woman with more than a B cup knows, breast tissue can quickly become uncomfortable, even painful if it is not supported. Whether additional breast tissue is caused by excess weight or medical conditions, brassieres provide effective relief throughout the day.

Minimizer brassieres are brassieres designed to flatten and minimize the bust. Men who do not wish to appear to have breast tissue find these bras a godsend. Traditionally, minimizer bras have been designed for women with large chests who don't want to be wandering around looking like Beth. (You know, Beth, from Dog the Bounty Hunter.) Men can take advantage of breast minimizing brassieres as well.

Minimizer bras work by flattening and 'rearranging' breast tissue so that breasts appear to be one or even two cup sizes smaller. These brassieres start at a 34 C and go up from there, so they're really only suitable for men with a significant excess breast tissue issue.

The beauty of these brassieres is that they can be as simple and functional as you like (as demonstrated by the Bali Passion Minimizer bra pictures in the middle), or more glamorous, like the Wacoal Sleek and Subtle brassiere displayed on top, or the Bali Satin Tracings brassiere displayed on the bottom.

Excess breast tissue doesn't have to be a terrible problem, it can be managed and even enjoyed, if you're that way inclined.


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      jeppesen 7 years ago

      I also suffer from a severe case of gynecomastia. I started to get it just before and during puberty, and it persisted long after that. I am now up to a large 38 b cup now. I don't get much growth anymore and I can actually say I injoy them. I have never had a girl that liked them yet though and had never really cared too much about that. I almost went to a doctor several times seeing about getting the operation to get them removed but allways backed out because of cost and risk the doctor told me about.

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      satin lover 8 years ago from milwaukee

      Great writing Hope! I am also a man who suffers from gynecomastia. I am proud of & enjoy my breasts! My wife loves playing with them when it comes to making love. It won't be too long that I'm going to end up having to wear a bra thought, even though my wife looks at it as crossdressing-- but that's another subject in itself.

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      akirachan9993 8 years ago

      Im glad you have addressed this issue hope because this is a quite commonly overlooked ailment, simply because those who may have seen that seinfeld episode who don't know what to believe if its real or not and in the male crossdressing group that think of it as a blessing or an advantage, while it truly is not

      No doctor has diagnosed me with gynecomastia so I am not 100% sure i have the ailment but i has posted shirtless pictures online and most say that i do so i beleive them because i am a bit slender and my chest greatly extends farther than my stomach

      I must say though one would think having gynecomastia would be fun and swell its not because the extra breast tissue in no way resembles female breasts they are un-even, triangular, and spaced far-apart which makes bras much harder to find as-well as the very unsightly skewed and stretched nipple

      also, socialized medicine covers male brest reduction surgery which is widely viewed as a cosmetic and elective surgery? If so i need to sign me up for some more socialism.

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      Hope Alexander 8 years ago

      Well said chaps, well said :D (Thanks for the giggles GoneNylon)

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      likewhatiam 8 years ago

      Hope take no notice of the above comments its people like jeromeo that know nothing about your hubs just keep upthe good work.

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      GoneNylon 8 years ago


      The issue has nothing to do with "putting" men in anything. If you've read any amount of Hope's work, you know that at the core of her essays lies a vibrant, beating heart comprised of equal parts freedom, compassion, and open-mindedness.

      I'll warrant you have more than a couple of male friends who secretly (and busting the secrecy and stigma is another part of Hope's work, if I may dare speak for her) enjoy so-called "women's" underwear very, VERY much. Simple statistics tend to indicate the truth of what I've asserted.

      If you read her hubs with anything more than an attitude of "Lookee there! She's a-writin' 'bout men a-wearin' panties," you'll soon realize that the issue is considerably more complex than you may initially realize.

      What would YOU have Hope write about? Britney Spears, perhaps? NASCAR? The relative merits of sundry brands of chewing tobacco?

      Just askin'.

      Since you're "concerned," I suggest you be concerned with why women cross-dress everyday with not a second glance, but men are subjected to both subtle and overt forms of bigotry relating to their clothing choices, with some even being maimed and killed over it.

      Just sayin'.

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      jeromeo 8 years ago

      What is the obsession with putting men in womens underwear? Granted most of these hubs are entertaining, and some even insightful; but still.

      If there is anything else in your life this uimportant to you, I'd like to hear about it.

      Concerned. lol

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      THis reminds me of a Seinfeld episode when his dad designs a maniere, I think he called it. Can't work out if you write these seriously or not! Entertaining anyway!