Bra Art: What does it mean to a woman?
Any man will tell you that a nice bra is a work of art, but I don't think I've ever looked at my bra and thought, "Hey, this is beautiful".
It might have something to do with the fact that I've been 'blessed' since middle school and have been wearing big, chunky "Grandma Bras" ever since. (no offense to any grandma's out there, I'm sure most of you have very nice looking underwear)
Few women take the time to sit and think about bras, and not just about the color, or lace, but about what their bra represents.
A girl's first training bra can represent a bridge from childhood to near womanhood and the women of the 70's weren't just burning their bras to stay warm. Many feminists believe bras symbolize repression of the fairer sex.
A few artists, some unintentionally, have used bras as a medium to express womanhood, motherhood, femininity, freedom, and hope.
The BraBall is a great example of bra art. This sculpture consists of 18,000 bras and was created by a woman by the name of Emily Duffy who had this to say about bras....
"A single bra represents a moment in the life of the woman. It’s a portrait of how she was at a particular time, age, and shape.
The amazing variety of bras and the differences in wear and strain of their fabric shows how unique each woman’s body is.
Breasts are often a source of conflicting emotions for women. Our personal body experiences are rarely reflected in the media images we see.
A woman may feel ashamed, proud, annoyed, and sexual about her breasts. Almost every woman has a bra story to tell. Some are traumatic, others joyful."
If you want to learn more about the BraBall, there's a very in depth article written by Salon.com
It is interesting to note the symbolism in dreaming about bras.
Understanding how our subconscious mind views bras can help explain the artistic relevance of womanly lingerie.
Dreaming that you are wearing a bra means support and protection.
Perhaps you need to have your spirits uplifted. Alternatively, it may represent your nurturing side and maternal feelings.
Dreaming that you are not wearing a bra indicates that you have no discipline or control. Alternative, it may reflect your sexual nature.
One time I dreamed about going to the mall without a bra on. It was a nightmare!!
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Lingerie manufacturer Frederick's of Hollywood reports that in 1996, the average size of bras they sold was 34B.
Currently, the average is a 36C.
And I'd bet my best bra that nowadays the average bra size is closer to a D cup
Similar data about the increase in average breast size comes from England, where busts grew from 36B to 36C in a 3 year period.
According to The Penguin Atlas of Human Sexual Behavior, breasts across Asia grew from 34A to 34C between 1980 and 2000.