By Cong Corrales
FEMINISTS all over the world yesterday celebrated the “International No Bra Day” yesterday. Here, a number of women saw the observance of the “No Bra Day” as a chance to advance the struggle for gender equality.
For Mary Jane Lenaug, a volunteer staff member at Habitat for Humanity here, said it was a day women ought to celebrate and participate.
“Isn’t it lovely? Even for just a day, women, through their bosoms, would be able to shout ‘freedom,’” Lenaugo said.
Journalist Vanessa Almeda said the No Bra Day “asserts femininity and our appreciation of who we are as a woman.”
“(It is) empowering and liberating or the other way around. It asserts femininity and our appreciation of who we are as women. The bra symbolizes how women are being held in bondage,” she said.
Worse, she added, is that bras have even become a source of insecurity for women who are “less endowed.”
In the website (www.nationalnobraday.webs.com), Support No Support enjoined women to “free your breasts for 24 hours by removing those dreadful (but at times oh-so-helpful) bras.”
“Our perkiness should not be hidden. It is time that the world see what we were blessed with. Your breasts might be colossal, adorable, miniature, full, jiggly, fancy, sensitive, glistening, bouncy, smooth, tender, still blossoming, rosy, plump, fun, silky, Jello-like, fierce, jolly, nice, naughty, cuddly… But the most used word to describe your breasts on July 9th should be (free),” the statement reads.
It adds, “wearing a white t-shirt on this day is not only acceptable, but encouraged.”
The group also enjoined the men to participate No Bra Day by “rocking something purple.”
“It can be a purple tie, boxers, socks or t-shirt. Your support means quite a lot to us,” the statement continues.
The International No Bra Day traces its roots to the crucial moment of the women’s liberation movement in the 1960s. Feminists claimed that bras, “typified as oppressive and patriarchal,” reduced women to sex objects. At the height of the women’s liberation movement, “women publicly disavowed bras as an anti-sexist act of female liberation.”
“Bras are ludicrous invention,” feminist Germaine Greer wrote in her book The Female Eunuch.