To wear a bra or not is, naturally, up to each individual.
This seems like an obvious statement; of course it is your own choice whether or not your wear a bra, but the more I thought about it, the less it seemed like I had a choice as an 11 year old putting a bra on for the first time.
Did I ever question whether or not I should wear a bra? No, I guess I didn't. I don't ever remember considering the possibility of never starting to wear a bra, or questioning why the rush to wear one was there. As soon as the small lumps of fat were even the slightest bit visible, all girls in my class rushed to the nearest shop, mothers tagging along. I remember blushing as soon as I arrived in the shop, hesitant to try them on, but desperate to join the group of girls "mature and cool" enough to wear that minuscule piece of fabric covering up the virtually non-existent breasts on our small adolescent bodies. The next few years it didn't really cross my mind to question why I kept wearing that uncomfortable garment, only growing with discomfort alongside the growth of my breasts.
Recently, however, nipples, free the nipple and the idea of not wearing a bra has risen as a talk point all over social media and in general conversation among my friends. My initial thoughts were "my boobs are too big to not wear a bra" and "what about my nipples? Won't they show?" and then it dawned on me. What the hell is wrong with a bit of nip showing? Men can show all the nipple they want in the world, but we can't? How is that fair?
Oh yes, of course. Because women's breasts are so freaking sexualized. God heavens no, they aren't just lumps of fat to give life to tiny humans. No of course not, women's breasts are on this earth to please men and to be sexy. Yes of course, that makes sense. NOT.
And with that, off went the bra. Along with my new view came new cute bralettes and braless days, nips all nice and free hehe.
Not only does it feel so comfy and great to not wear an underwire bra, I also came across some info showing the health benefits of going bra-less!! How fantastic! ( http://healthywildandfree.com/why-you-should-avoid-wearing-a-bra-as-often-as-possible/ )
Of course going bra-less isn't everyone's cup of tea, and it's up to yourself if you wear one or not- but I think it's a good idea to maybe question things once in a while. It's okay to be a rebel. Be a little bit cheeky ;)
Like mamma says, just because everyone else does it, doesn't mean you have to