17 July 2013

Brassieres losing support

Excerpts from an article in the StarTribune:
Wearing a bra might actually make your breasts sag.  At least that’s the conclusion drawn by Jean-Denis Rouillon, a professor at the University of Besançon in France. For the past 15 years, Rouillon has been diligently taking a slide rule and caliper to the breasts of 320 women, ages 18 to 35, to measure any changes, particularly the relationship of the nipple to the shoulder...

The sports science expert told France Info radio that “bras are a false necessity,” and that “medically, physiologically, anatomically — breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra.”..

According to the French study, that “lift” allows ligaments that support breast tissue to become weak. Rouillon said that women who did not wear bras had, on average, “nipples [that] lifted on average seven millimetres in one year in relation to the shoulders,” according to an account in the Connexion, France’s English language newspaper. (That’s about a quarter-inch.) Thus, he concluded, breasts would gain more tone and be better able to support themselves if no bra was used...
Note the study has not yet been peer-reviewed.  More at the link.

Photo ("Bra authority Ida Rosenthal measured a model for a brassiere in New York in 1950") credit: Bob Wands/ Associated Press.


  1. The "You might like" thumbnails on this post offered me the post called "It's all downhill from here" :-D

  2. I'm left wondering how large the women he measured were. An A or B maybe, but a D or up? Something tells me a bra's support would slow down the stretching of the relevant tissues in large-breasted women. Also be better for their backs... The fact that the author told his story to the media before getting it peer-reviewed makes me suspicious. Unless it was a press release from a conference presentation?

    According to this source, Cooper's ligaments have little to do with sagging. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1993-05-26/entertainment/9305260228_1_breast-size-mammary-bra

  3. Okay, raise your hands! How many of you would volunteer to "peer-review" this study?


    1. I would raise my hand, but I'm terribly afraid of upsetting the delicate field of gravity around my bosoms.

  4. And not taking into account the comfort of doing any sort of walking, running, lifting, etc. with boobs jouncing all over the place...

  5. "...medically, physiologically, anatomically..."

    Aesthetics and comfort, pretty much.


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