Bra humbug - the brassiere may not be a woman’s breast friend

Models in  the  cleavage-enhancing Splendourbra, which the makers claim can increase busts by up to two cup sizes, in front of Debenhams department store in London's Oxford Street. Photo credit should read: Chris Young/PA.
Models in the cleavage-enhancing Splendourbra, which the makers claim can increase busts by up to two cup sizes, in front of Debenhams department store in London's Oxford Street. Photo credit should read: Chris Young/PA.
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They binned their bras to make a political statement.

But it now seems the women’s libbers slinging one in the eye of male oppression back in the let-it-all-swing Sixties were onto far more than they realised.

If new research is right, bras are not a woman’s most supportive friend.

A study suggests that we were sold a pair of puppies by the likes of the Gossard Cross Your Heart; wearing bras could actually contribute to all the problems we thought they helped alleviate.

Your brassiere doesn’t prevent your boobs from sagging to your knees or take the knocker strain off your back at all. A 15-year study by researchers at a French university found that it’s NOT wearing a bra that helps.

Going without increases the strength of the breast muscles, thus the bust doesn’t just sag less over time, it tightens and lifts. It’s that whole use it or lose it thing, isn’t it? It makes sense.

Though before you go ditching yours and running unfettered for the tram, take heed. The professor behind the study advises women not to get rid of their bras because his study only involves a small number of women, and the long-term effects are unknown. Talk about covering your back!

I have never found a bra that is entirely comfortable. But the reason I won’t be ditching mine is probably for the same reason you aren’t; A. I think my girls look a better shape when bolstered. And B. Nipple camouflage. I can’t stand the way men are transfixed by the merest outline.

Should a chill wind blow when you’re bra-less, they revert to babyhood and cannot tear their eyes from the source of your milk ducts (nor hear a word you say). THAT makes me feel like a stereotypical female sex object - and more restrained than even the most uncomfortable of bras could ever make me. I reckon it’s the main reason why women have been covering their bosoms since the 14th century. A form of sexual liberation, wouldn’t you say?