6 Body-Shaming Reasons People Tell You to Wear a Bra – And Why It’s None of Their Business

Editor’s Note: Although women’s bodies, clothing choices, etc are constantly policied, they aren’t the only ones with breasts, nor are all people with breasts women. Bra-policing also affects trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, and intersex people with breasts. It also impacts disabled folks for whom bras aren’t an option – whether due to pain, sensory issues, and other reasons.

“You can’t go out like that!”

Do you have to wear a bra?

The choice is entirely up to you. But you might think it’s not okay to go braless if you listen to some of the things people say about it – and you might not realize that there’s body-shaming behind their message.

Whether you decide to wear a bra or not, you shouldn’t be shamed for your choice.

So check out why people might try to tell you bras are necessary – and then some empowering ideas for much better reasons to wear a bra.

How does this choice make a difference in your life?

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism


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Alli Kirkham is a Contributing Comic Artist for Everyday Feminism and blogger, cartoonist, and intersectional feminist. Alli earned a BA in English Literature from Cal Poly Pomona in 2011 and uses it as an excuse to blog about books while swearing a lot. When she isn’t cartooning for Everyday Feminism or cursing at popular fiction, she posts cartoons and other silly things on her Tumblr. Check her out on Twitter @allivanlahr