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 was a Contributing Comic Artist for Everyday Feminism from 2015 to 2017. They are the creator of the webcomic PunkPuns and the vocalist of the L.A. queer feminist punk band P.I.T. Alli has a degree in English Literature, which is cheerfully wasted in pop literary criticism discourse on Tumblr.