I was driving in the car today, listening to Sirius XM's The Highway, when I heard them say that according to a Buzzfeed tweet, women have not been wearing bras nearly as much now that we are in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, and they don't see that will go back to "normal" once things settle down. I looked and could not find it, but apparently the tweet has been retweeted over 500,000 times!
I laughed so hard when I heard Buzz Brainard, a male radio host talking about this. And I gotta say, I'm totally on board! I could probably count on one hand how many times I've worn a bra in the last 3 months, and all of them were times where I was wearing a white shirt that you could somewhat see through... and even that wasn't a guarantee for me to be wearing one. Once we're all able to go back to work and continue our lives in our new normals, I'm pretty sure my bra-wearing days will be diminished immensely from the pre-pandemic days. I am so much more comfortable these days.
The earliest bras came about around the 14th century BC, and what they consider the modern bra came about in the early 19th century. The biggest shift though came after WWII when there was a metal shortage and they could no longer make corsets. And throughout this time, bras were for the wealthier women to show status.
Now in the 21st century, there's a multitude of options, but I have to say, I'm pro NO BRAS at all! As women, we do so many uncomfortable things that most men can't even understand; wearing bras, high heels, putting makeup on everyday, spending 30 + minutes on our hair each day, and so on. There's so many things that we do as women that just isn't fun, and we need to begin to ask ourselves 'why'.
Though this came about as a funny story on the radio station, it really got me thinking. Through this pandemic, we've learned the things that we can live without as we have been forced to cut back on so many day to day things, and for me, the bra is going to go also!