When a woman wears a bra to fight sexist comments and comments about her body, it can make men more receptive to her body.
It can also help the women to feel confident.
It’s not just a matter of bras to wear, either, says Dr Mollie Williams, head of physical therapy at the Centre for Women in Sport and Exercise at the University of Adelaide.
She says women have had experiences with men and other men wearing the same kind of bra that women wear to feel more comfortable, like they’re “safe”.
“The reason that women use bra-like items is to be more comfortable.
The bra may be for comfort, but it’s also to make men feel comfortable and not to feel bad about their bodies,” Dr Williams says.”
It may also help women feel more secure in their bodies and to not feel like their breasts are anything to be ashamed of.”
Women have to wear bras for safety reasons.
If you’re not wearing a bra, you may be less able to defend yourself.
“The impact of the bra on women’s healthThe Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG) says women who have had a history of breast cancer should have their breast reconstruction surgery as soon as possible.
But the ACOG is not calling for the bra to be banned outright, but instead encouraging women to use the bra in a different way to men.”
For example, some women may prefer to wear a bra around their neck, instead of wearing it on their chest,” Dr Mokyr says.”[Some women] also prefer to do it with a strap and have a little bit of support to keep it on.””
If you’re wearing a small, short-sleeved bra, and you’re experiencing discomfort, it’s not necessarily the bra you need to stop wearing it.
“A large, full-sized bra can be a lot more comfortable to wear around your neck.
You can actually sit and have conversations with people in your community and feel comfortable.”
Dr Mokyrs advice to women who want to wear the bra:Do not wear it around your waist.
It may be uncomfortable, and wearing it there could be causing distress.
Use a strap.
Dr Mollies advice to the men who are using the bra is to try it on and find out whether it’s comfortable for them.
“If it’s uncomfortable for you, you can use a strap to wear it on your chest, on your neck, or at your neckline,” Dr Koehler says.
She recommends using the strap to keep the bra from falling down.
“That way, if you feel uncomfortable wearing the bra, it doesn’t fall down,” she says.
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