After World War II, the amount of fabric in swimwear was reduced as sexual liberation progressed in society and today no one is shocked by a tiny bikini.
And something similar is happening with the pandemic, because it has changed our relationship with the bra.
I love lingerie when it is beautiful and comfortable and I find it curious that some women have requested the coronavirus that led us to stay at home, to get rid of annoying bras.
Several times I have wanted to address this topic, but current issues have led me to other issues and at this moment I was about to abandon it, to refer to López Obrador’s anger at the refusal of opposition MPs to his electricity reform, when it should to be grateful because it freed him from new confrontations with Canada and the United States and gave him an argument for the rest of the morning sessions of the sexennium, accusing them of betraying the country.
But since the issue of the bra is still topical, I decided to return to Leticia García’s article in El País of July 28 entitled “The summer when women burned their bras”, which asks if after months without wearing it, we want go back to.
Before the virus, the films showed scenes of women returning home from their workday, taking it off with great physical and psychological relief.
And avant-garde fashion magazines are asking to stop using it, specifying that the history of women’s clothing is, to a large extent, the history of body control for the delight of the male gaze.
Most of the famous couturiers have been men and the few exceptions of women, with Coco Chanel at the forefront, have opted for comfort.
It is true that in 1914 the bra was patented by a woman, Mary Phelps Jacobs, but it was a revolutionary step to get rid of the oppressive corset, its temples and its laces.
Over the years, says El País, women have managed to eliminate many uncomfortable clothing “but the myth of perky breasts was an indestructible mental barrier.”
And he cites writer Hillary Benhouse, who wrote a long essay in the New Yorker about the process from when she decided to take off her bra, until she got used to not wearing it.
“Now I like the way my breasts hit my ribs when I run downstairs. I like to carry with its weight, as I carry with the rest of my body. As I move around the world, even with the smallest gestures, there is always a part of me that dances, “she says.
Other women, like influencer Sabina Socol, have been criticized for not wearing it:
“At first I didn’t see it as a feminist gesture, but I’ve noticed that many women feel ashamed without it.”
El País warns that this does not mean progress, because we have really gone backwards; since as early as 1968 at the Miss America pageant, thousands of protesters threw bras, heeled shoes and kitchen utensils into the container of freedom.
And he points out that in the 1970s Halston designed dresses to wear without a bra and Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin or Bianca Jagger gave up wearing it without anyone shouting.
While currently, there is discomfort when some celebrities don’t wear it.
As happened in 2014, the same year that Lina Esco started the #freethenipple campaign, to make this part of the anatomy normal, and singer Rihanna, uneasy at the obvious disapproval she aroused when she collected her award. CFDA in a see-through dress, snapped out “Does my breasts bother you? But they are covered with Swarovski crystals! “
The pandemic has affected all sectors of the economy, including fashion; but that of the underwear is the one that has collapsed the least, because it is not easy to get rid of a feather of centuries of awe of the female body.
There is no scientific evidence that not wearing a bra is bad for your breasts, but wearing the wrong size is known to be harmful; as happens to 80 percent of women.
Its use is mostly linked to “moral” criteria and those who have experienced the convenience of not using it, clamored to continue like this.
In almost every country, coronavirus restrictions have been lowered and we stop staying at home day and night to go out into the world again.
And doing it with or without a bra should be a free decision and not be subject to social conditioning or not, be a matter of debate.