Happy National No Bra Day! Let the ladies swing wire-free. Your knockers shall let it be known: Now is the time to free the boobies, not in titillation, but in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and body positivity!
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Hakuna Your Tatas for National No Bra Day
By: Jennifer Landis
It’s so satisfying to take off your bra at the end of the day, right through the shirt with no formalities. Saggy, droopy, giant, tiny, hairy, inverted, puffy, dark, pale, pointy boobies.
All tatas are unique.
Tatas feed the kids. Tatas are dang sexy. Tatas are associated with womanhood and “being feminine,” but they do not make up all it means to be a woman.
National No Bra Day has met with controversy in the past. For some, protest for positive body image, freedom from restriction and de-sexualization of breasts may be an aspect of No Bra Day. Some raise the concern that boobs out and bra-free is insensitive to breast cancer survivors—that it sexualizes breast cancer.
It’s true that some breast cancer survivors who have underwent mastectomy will struggle with body image, perhaps more especially on this day. How are breast cancer survivors best supported in this case?
This is an important aspect to consider, but National Bra Day, conveniently located smack-down in the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, was not conceived with ill-will nor for sheer protest. This day should be one of support and sharing among all. Hakuna (ala The Lion King, “no worries”) your tatas, one and all, with the best of intentions.
Remove the barriers to breast health.
National No Bra Day was unofficially founded in positive intention. It’s important to continue to remove the barriers to breast health and visibility.
Breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival rates continue to improve with more awareness, yet the statistics are still bad. One in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer. It’s estimated in 2016 that an expected 246,660 women will be diagnosed with a form of invasive breast cancer, while 61,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed. Nearly 85 percent of breast cancers occur in women with no family history of breast cancer.
So… get your tatas checked regularly.
Regular breast cancer screening is vital and women need to encourage each other to be screened. Advocate mammogram scheduling. Learn and teach others how to do a self-exam to check for lumps in your breasts.
How to go bra-free in places that have strict nipple nopes
Visible nipples can present a pointed nightmare for the dress codes of workplaces. Here are a few tips for those who are a little more self-conscious about freeing the boobies and have to keep up appearances.
To avoid doorbell nipples:
- Avoid lightweight or silky materials. Heavier, textured materials will make your nipples less obviously protrusive. Experiment with layering.
- Dark colors and patterns will help to camouflage your nips.
- It’s okay to cheat with pads built into your top or dress.
- Larger cup sizes should be wary of strapless tops. Halter tops offer adjustable support.
- Invest in some pasties. Test drive a pair before you wear them out. The outline of those flower-shaped pasties will show through thin materials. Nipple tape actually works better, in some opinions.
- When all else fails, wear your favorite blazer or jacket to work. Accessorize with a scarf. Ditch these after work, and let the nips breathe.
Photo: Sokoloff Lingerie
See National No Bra Day as an opportunity to celebrate your breasts and learn all you can about breast health.
All breasts are unique, and everyone thinks their breasts are weird. Boobies are glorious and offer much to the world, as more than a sex object, more than some perceived symbol of femininity.
Forget pervy men and take your cute bra-free selfies if that’s your thing.
Remember to share the knowledge and strive to break barriers to breast health. If freeing the knockers for a day motivates someone to advocate breast health, don’t knock them down.
Do National No Bra Day your way.
Check your breasts. Love your body. Hakuna your tatas, okay? Happy National No Bra Day!
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About the Writer:
Jennifer Landis is a tea-drinking, yoga-loving, distance running, nutrition nut, writer, and journalist. She’s the creator behind the Mindfulness Mama blog and a proud mama and wife. She loves making new friends, so feel free to stalk her on her social media pages: Facebook, and on Twitter and Pinterest @jenniferelandis.