Anatomy 1, technology 0?

The quotation below is from The Huffington Post but pretty much every major newspaper ran a version of this story today.

“Women who go braless may actually have the right idea, new research suggests.

According to the results of a 15-year study in France published Wednesday, bras provide no benefits to women and may actually be harmful to breasts over time.

“Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity,” Jean-Denis Rouillon, a professor at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, told France Info.

Conducting the study at the university’s hospital, Rouillon measured and examined the breasts of more than 300 women, aged 18 and 35, taking note of how the additional support provided by bras affects the body over time. (It should be noted the study does not mention breast size.)

Overall, he found that women who did not use bras benefited in the long term, developing more muscle tissue to provide natural support. As France’s The Local notes, Rouillon also noticed that nipples gained a higher lift, in relation to the shoulders, on women who went braless. When bras are worn, the restrictive material prevents such tissue from growing, which may actually accelerate sagging, the study concluded.”

Read more here.

Thanks HK for the headline.

3 thoughts on “Anatomy 1, technology 0?

  1. One argument I’ve read and abhorred is that girls in high school have to wear bras because the boys are distracted otherwise. My response has always been that the boys (and men who have the same problem) should be required to wear jock straps because otherwise it is disconcerting. Thankfully the counter culture helped me shed bras in the late 60s. I wear one when I’m giving a public talk or when I taught at a university for years.

  2. Distracted by bra-less-ness? Being forced to wear a bra since the fourth grade, I’m sure that boys were as “distracted” by the bras themselves, and loved “popping” them. The boys are never too young to learn how to humiliate their female peers.

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