Tuesday, May 21, 2013

8 Bit News - Women Don't Need Bras

by +Alexa Rankin

8 Bit NewsHere is another 8 Bit News story, where we use 8 Bit images so that the story is not overshadowed by the glossy graphics which can so often detract from the truly important elements.

Today I am diving into the heart of a story which surfaced a few weeks ago and was laughed off by many media outlets as mere frivolity.

A French man called Jaime Nichons recently released the findings from his 15 year study into the effects of women not wearing bras. His conclusion was that women should not wear bras.

A woman not wearing a bra
A woman not wearing a bra
The report has caused a backlash among both the female and medical communities. Doctors state that permanent breast tissue damage can occur if the support of a bra is taken away. While women worldwide have dismissed Mr Nichons as a typical man.

Jaime Nichons began his breast study quite accidentally  almost 20 years ago at Universit√© de Paris, where he was studying statistics. He and a fellow student, Pascal Frotteur came up with a great way to meet women. They would introduce themselves as medical students writing a thesis on the effect of clothing on breast size, and invite the girl to partake in the study. Surprisingly, this approach was reasonably successful.

Being a statistician, Nichons says that he found the math side of the 'study' more stimulating than the biology side, and so what started as an icebreaker developed into genuine scientific research. Frotteur was interested only in self gratification and declined to assist Nichons when invited to help.

Jaime Nichons and his breast study
Jaime Nichons continues his studies
Nichons agrees with the medical experts that women who have worn a bra consistently should not stop because tissue damage may occur. His study suggests that women who start out, and continue not wearing a bra have perkier breasts due to stronger tissue. The gradual increase in breast size as development occurs causes the tissue to get progressively stronger and maintain shape and structure of the breast.

Interestingly, this study does not expand into middle age for most of the participants, so nobody can say what the long term effects of gravity on an unsupported breast will be. There comes a point when skin and tissue lose their elasticity and the merciless gravitational pull of the Earth will win long before we approach our saggy sixties.

White shirt no bra
No bra under a tight white shirt
Personally, I am a 36C and I don't want my puppies bouncing around unrestrained. Like most women who have commented on this study, the thought of not wearing a bra makes me shudder. Only a man would suggest that a world without bras is a better place. Men don't have to deal with the discomfort, all they can think about is no bra under a tight white (possibly wet) shirt.

As for Pascal Frotteur, he was arrested 18 years ago on the Paris Metro for lewd behavior, and nobody has heard from him since.

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