Going Sans un Soutien-gorge (braless)

by An Ordinary Man (the novel)

“Peeling off what remained of their undergarments, rinsing their warm bodies under warmer water in the shower, raising their arms to tend to their wet hair, stepping into clean underpants, fitting their breasts into bras they probably didn’t need (didn’t the French just prove that wearing a bra actually caused sagging in later life?), or, in some cases, postponing all of that to have another go with whomever had been fortunate enough to share their bed.”

bra 2

According to Jean-Denis Rouillon, a professor at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, France, after a 15-year study, “Our preliminary results support the hypothesis that the bra is a false need. Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity. Instead, [the breast] languishes with [a] bra.” Thank Google Translate for the charming translation.

Well, what he actually said was:

“Nos premiers résultats valident l’hypothèse que le soutien-gorge est un faux besoin. Médicalement, physiologiquement, anatomiquement, le sein ne tire pas bénéfice d’être privé de la pesanteur. Au contraire, il s’étiole avec le soutien-gorge.”

And I guess there are some important caveats.