Why I Stopped Wearing a Bra
My breasts don't flop, they don't bounce, and they don't need to be contained.
I can list a thousand reasons why I don't wear bras. They are constricting, the underwire digs into my sides, the tag on the back is always scratching my skin, the feeling of wearing a bra on a hot summer day is like sticking your breasts inside a toaster oven, etc. The list goes on. But all the complaining aside, if I'm being actually honest here, the reason I stopped wearing bras is because my breasts are just really freaking tiny.
I have small breasts. Small as in, "Hmm, have you hit puberty yet?" I mean, they are so tiny that my guy friends joke that their man pecks are bigger. I remember back in middle school when the first girl in our grade got breasts. She was considered weird. My friends and I would laugh at this girl because she had size D's in fourth grade that would flap up and down while she ran during gym kickball. It was cool to be a member of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee at the time. We wore the title with pride.
我有一對小胸部。小到就像「嗯，你還沒青春期嗎？」我是說，我的胸部小到我的男性朋友都開玩笑說他們的胸肌都比較大。我還記得在中學的時候，同年級第一個女孩長胸部。她覺得自己很奇怪。我的朋友跟我都會嘲笑她，因為四年級的她頂著D罩杯在體育館玩足壘球(kickball)的時候，跑起來胸部都會上下晃動。當時成為「平胸一族 」(Itty Bitty Titty Committee)的一員還挺酷的。我們還挺自豪。
註：Itty Bitty Titty Committee 原本是指一部2007年的電影，中文為「游擊女孩俱樂部 」，內容描述女同性戀的故事。後來變成A罩杯女性的代名詞。
But to my surprise, girls in my grade slowly started to get breasts and then all of a sudden, everyone wanted to be chesty and wear fun bras. I remember one time, my best friend in middle school and I had accidentally-on-purpose stumbled across a Playboy magazine, and we pointed out and chose the breasts we wanted to have one day, hoping they would magically appear on our chests. Unfortunately, only one of our wishes came true.
As I got older, I still wasn't too worried about never getting breasts. I thought my time would come. But here I am, 20 years old, and the saleswoman at Victoria's Secret is still telling me I'm a 32A. Not A for Awesome Breasts, but A for Absolutely No Breasts Whatsoever.
這個A並不是指「極佳胸部」(Awesome Breasts)，而是指「完全無長胸」(Absolutely No Breasts Whatsoever)。
So after coming to terms with the fact I'll never make the cover of Sports Illustrated or be able to hop on the "side-boob" bandwagon, I've actually embraced the small-boob lifestyle and it's pretty awesome.
I stopped buying bras because there was really no reason for me to be wearing one. My breasts are so tiny that they don't sag and they don't jiggle when I walk. And I refuse to pay $50 for an elaborate push-up bra because everyone will obviously know that I am wearing a push-up bra.
When I am not wearing a bra, I am so much more comfortable in my clothes. I think every girl can attest to that amazing feeling you get when you take off your bra after a long day. You just want to run around, be free, and let them flap in the wind. That's me all the time, but minus all the flapping.
Once I stopped wearing bras, I learned how to dress for my body type and I've grown confident in what I look like. I don't need big breasts to feel sexy. Once I stopped obsessing over my cup size, I discovered that my body looks good in cutouts, deep V-necks, and backless tops, things bustier women can't always get away with. Also, I have minimal wardrobe malfunctions such as pesky bra straps sticking out or bra colors showing through my shirt. And of course, I never have to worry about matching my bras and underwear together. If any of you ladies have your life put together enough to match your bras and panties, I applaud you.
當我不再穿胸罩後，我學會怎麼配合我身材的穿著，而且我對我的外表更增添自信。我不需要大胸部讓我覺得很性感。我不再追求胸部大小之後，我發現我很適合穿有缺口的衣服(cutouts)、深V領(deep V-necks)以及露背裝(backless tops)這些穿胸罩的女性無法逃脫的衣裝。而且，我幾乎沒有曝光的問題，例如胸罩肩帶露出或是胸罩的顏色透出來。當然，我再也不用擔心胸罩與內褲的搭配問題。如果各位女士可以搭配生活就像搭配內衣褲一樣，我替你們鼓鼓掌。
I have no problem telling absolutely everyone I know when I am out that I am not wearing a bra. It happens so often that now my friends just reply, "Obviously." And when I don't tell people that I'm not wearing a bra, it's like having a little fun secret that no one else around you knows. Hehe, I'm half naked and you don't even know it, I'm thinking while everyone's walking around carrying on with their day. But sometimes on the off chance that I do wear a bra, I'll send out Snapchats to best friends letting them know and it becomes my own little version of Kim Kardashian's "Break the Internet." JENNY IS WEARING A BRA!!?? WHAT!?????!?!?!
當我出門我可以毫無問題地跟大家說我沒穿胸罩。我不穿胸罩到我朋友只會說「很明顯」。當我不需要跟別人說我沒穿胸罩後，就像是其他人不知道的有趣小秘密。嘻嘻，我半身裸體而你們都不知道，我經常一整天這樣想著。但有時候我穿上胸罩時，我會發個小自拍給最好的朋友知道，這會變成我們之間的金·卡戴珊式(Kim Kardashian)的「網路爆紅」(Break the Internet)。「珍妮竟然穿胸罩！」
So simply, I've stopped wearing a bra because I just don't need to. People can think it is weird or inappropriate, but at the end of the day, I don't need to dress them up, push them up, or tape them up because they are really small and that's OK, because they are all mine. I decided to free myself from the horrible boob constriction we ladies are forced to face and now I am living a happy bra-less life.