Did you know that in October there is a day celebrated as No Bra Day? It’s an event that, apart from being humorous, aims at raising awareness of bust diseases, especially breast cancer. As breasts are organs that immensely fascinate not only men but also evolutionists and physiologists, I gathered the most interesting and ridiculous facts about them.
Have you all fastened your bras? Let’s go!
The female bosom is truly unique
Human females are the only mammals that develop permanently enlarged breasts during puberty and don’t lose them regardless of pregnancies, lactation periods or the absence of them. Evolutionists has, therefore, been faced with a toughie. Up to this day, a consensus hasn’t been reached and there’s no single convincing theory explaining what the hell do we need this useless organ for?
For now, it is assumed that few explanations are valid – one of them asserts that maintaining plump bust serves the goal of creating between sexual partners a bond resembling the one between a mother and her child. Breasts stimulation by a man – just as by a child during breastfeeding – causes the release of oxytocin. It’s also known as bonding hormone, because it makes women feel satisfied, calm and safe in partner’s company.
Wearing a bra is… senseless
A fifteen-year research conducted at the University of Franche-Comte involving 330 participating women, age 18 to 35, shows that wearing a bra increases breasts flabbiness. The no-bra subjects’ nipples were located on average 7 millimetres higher than nipples of women who didn’t abandon brassieres. Why? Giving up bra (especially at a young age), presumably results in facilitated blood circulation and increased collagen production. That’s why breasts stand up to gravitational force more effectively. However, we should have in mind the fact that the results of this study haven’t yet been published in any scientific journal which means the research hasn’t been put to a professional review.
Of course bras and sport is a totally different matter – in this case the above mentioned piece of lingerie is simply indispensable as it reduces breast movement that can cause pain and discomfort.
…But it would do no harm
The good news is that, till now, science has failed to establish a link between wearing a bra and increased breast cancer risk.
Large breasts attract poor men
Owners of large bosoms beware! You’re more at risk of arousing the interest of men whose financial situation is unstable. A study in which 266 men were asked about their preferences regarding female busts revealed that the deeper are man’s pockets, the smaller bosom he prefers. Similar conclusions were drawn from an analogous research during which a connection between the level of feeling hungry and preferred bosom size was examined. Starving men chose large breasts most frequently, while sated men opted for a smaller size. It proves the evolutionary theory that female breasts might have been developed as an attractant manifesting: Hey, male, I’ve got large fat reserves in my body and I’ll feed our potential offspring well.
Smokers’ busts are more saggy
Among other things, it’s due to the increased elastin decomposition in smokers’ organisms. Elastin is a protein responsible for keeping connective tissues in good shape and making them prone to deformation. With each next cigarette your breasts head a fraction of millimetre south.
Bra Fence of contention
At the end of 1998, a few bras were attached to a fence in Central Otago, New Zealand. No one knew who was behind all this nor what the initial aim was. Nonetheless, soon the ludicrous custom was taken on by others which resulted in several hundred brassieres fluttering on the fence after just a year.
Bra Fence became a popular tourist attraction and a bone of contention between the locals as well. Some of them supported the lingerie installation, others regarded it as a controversy and insult. After years of quarrels local authorities ordered the exhibition to be dismantled using the argument that Bra Fence was located in the immediate vicinity of a road and attracted drivers’ attention posing a threat to road safety. Its removal was accompanied by a charity event in the course of which over seven thousand bras were woven into a long bra chain. Don’t ask why.
The most common malignant cancer in women forms in breasts
Breast cancer accounts for a quarter of all cancer incidence in women in UK and is the second cause of female cancer death. Among cancer risk factors the most commonly listed are age, genetic predisposition (mostly BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 gene mutations), late childbirth or the lack of it, early onset of menstrual cycle and late-onset menopause. I bet that neglect ranks somewhere at the top of this list though. I know, I know, you’ve heard this millions of times but another one wouldn’t do you any harm:
- do the breast self-exam – a few days after your period, this way,
- if your mother is in her fifties, make sure she knows it is recommended that women from age 50 should have mammograms every two years. Mammography allows detection of 90-95% of cancer cases especially at an early stage when cancer is most treatable.
If there were breast or ovary cancer incidents in your family, especially at a young age and in women closely related to you, contact cancer genetics clinic to check if you should undergo genetic testing for BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 mutations. Btw, the same concerns people related to colon cancer patients.
Lastly, the saddest thing is that…
Over years, circulating on the Internet (and it still comes back from time to time) was a certain study allegedly showing the connection between looking at breasts and male life expectancy. It was supposed to prove that eyeing female bust for 10 minutes a day made subjects’ lives even five years longer, reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases and lowered blood pressure.
Sadly, although it sounds great and promising, the hole study is fabricated and never took place.
The good news is that this doesn’t, in fact, prove the absence of such a connection. So, you know… Hope dies last!