Though the French did let us down in World War I, they have slowly redeemed themselves. They gave us the french fry, and they gave us the Statue of Liberty. But now, the French have given American men a gift that can never be repaid. They have given men and women a true gift of freedom. Though they did not fight with us in one of history’s greatest battles, the French fought a war against undergarments that has liberated women’s breasts from the constraints of underwear. Once again, the Europeans are ahead of us, and this contribution may be more important to mankind than any war.
According to Jean Denis-Rouillon, a sports science expert from the University of Besancon, France, bras do more harm than good for women’s breasts. Marilyn Monroe, Halle Berry, and many other women swear by sleeping in their bras. They were told that the bras lend them support for good posture, help prevent back pain, and keep their breasts from sagging. However, Denis-Rouillon has conducted a 15 year study of the breasts of 330 women from ages 18-35, and concluded that bra wear is harmful to the perkiness of breasts. He stated, “Medically, physiologically, anatomically – breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra.” Jean Denis-Rouillon used a slide rule and caliper, an instrument that measures the distance between two opposite sides of an object, to discern the changes in the features of the breasts. He found that the nipples of the women who did not wear bras were on average 7 millimeters higher in relation to their shoulders each year than regular bra users.
He did also temper his statements by calling his results preliminary, and saying that women over 45 would probably not benefit from throwing out their bras. He said, “But, a middle-aged woman, overweight, with 2.4 children? I’m not at all sure she’d benefit from abandoning bras.” His sample only tested women who were in a specific age group and not from all walks of life, but who wants to see middle-aged, overweight boobs anyway. Rouillon conceded that his results would have to be repeated on a sample size of about 300,000 women, with more testing to be deemed scientifically significant and “definitive”. But, there are two significant results that have been proven by the researcher in his initial findings. His studies show that women who stopped wearing bras had no deterioration in the orientation of the breasts, and there was widespread improvement in the orientation of the breast for the same women. So, going braless is beneficial to women between the ages of 18-35.
Jean Denis-Rouillon is a modern-day hero. He has proven in research what men have known for years, that breasts should not be bound by bras under shirts. They should be allowed to roam free, going wherever and doing whatever they want without provocation. Finally, there is scientific proof that women should not wear bras.