French Women Don’t Sag, and other folktales.


A French study published last week claims bras are a detriment to keeping women’s breasts from sagging.
The study followed 330 women, ages 18-35 over a 15-year period. Their breasts were measured using a slide rule and caliper, to document any physical changes.

The women who did not wear bras were found to have a 7-millimeter lift as measured from the nipple, and their breasts were thought to be firmer, with a marked fading of stretch marks, as compared to their bra-wearing counterparts.

Researchers believe that wearing bras limited the growth of breast tissue, and caused deterioration of the supporting muscles.

While those responsible for the study view the data as preliminary, (after 15 years?!) they caution women not to abandon their bras just yet.

Whether or not the information is valid, there is a social and cultural aspect to wearing the undergarments. The way our clothes fit, the way our body feels and the sense of “overexposure” might make many women uncomfortable with losing their support system.

As one commenter on the New York Times website stated: “ Have the people who did the research ever seen the pictures of women in National Geographic? Not wearing bras definitely didn’t firm theirs.”

So ladies, this begs the question: Are you willing to give up your bra if it’s proven to contribute to sagging?

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One Response to “French Women Don’t Sag, and other folktales.”

  1. julie hansen Says:

    I would love to give them up- but , I really feel at a certain time in life- they just look better with support.

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