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Misconceptions about the bra and the history of its occurrence

You can often hear that if a woman wears a bra, it does not affect the risk of breast cancer. In fact, everything is not so clear.

This issue has been discussed for several years among medical professionals. And if the manufacturers of bras declare that there is no such dependence, then the specialists of the Institute for Diseases of Civilization in Hawaii have revealed such dependence. According to them, those who wear this piece of toilet every day for more than twelve hours are twenty times more likely to get sick than those who don’t use it at all or wear it for a short time. This conclusion is confirmed by the fact that in many African and Asian countries, where women traditionally do not wear a bra, breast cancer is much less common than European and American women. Experts explain this phenomenon by the fact that a significant number of lymph nodes and vessels are concentrated in the chest, mainly in the armpit. Supporting and compressing the breast, the bra puts additional pressure on it and prevents normal lymphatic drainage. As a result, the metabolic processes in the mammary gland are disturbed – tissues are poorly supplied with oxygen and are not exempt from carcinogenic substances. Choking tissues, accumulating toxins, can degenerate, turning into a tumor.

However, it would be wrong to reduce all causes of breast cancer only to this subject of underwear. There are other reasons, far more serious.

For one of these reasons, abortion was long attributed. But it turns out that abortion, contrary to previous assumptions, does not cause breast cancer. Such a conclusion was made by a group of Danish scientists in the course of a thorough analysis of the medical data of a million and a half women born between 1953 and 1978.

Another myth about wearing a bra is the opinion that it saves the chest from stretching and sagging. In fact, this statement does not withstand any criticism from the point of view of physiology. The fact is that the chest is supported by the chest muscles, so if they are sufficiently developed and the chest itself is small (bra size A), then even if you don’t wear this piece of clothing, your bust is unlikely to drop.
Now let’s talk about the history of bras. As recent archaeological finds have shown, this piece of women’s toilets is by no means a modern invention. It turns out that it was still worn by ancient inhabitants of the American continent.

This conclusion was made by American scientists studying rock paintings in Pennsylvania, where for the first time they came across an image of women in mesh clothes: in bras and tight pants, woven from the fibers of various fragrant plants, in a large mesh. Such clothes did not conceal anything, and at the same time made the woman more mysterious. As you can see, even in the Stone Age, women wanted to look attractive.

And in later, but still the same ancient times, women wore items of clothing that looked like bras. A similar part of the female toilet in about 2500 BC. er helped women from Crete visually enlarge their breasts.

But for women of ancient Rome and Greece a piece of clothing like a corset, on the contrary, helped to make their breasts visually smaller.

The modern bra, according to the generally accepted version, was born in 1913 thanks to Mary Falps Jacobs – a lady from New York high society.

Having once bought an evening dress for social events, she was faced with the problem of the incompatibility of whalebone corsets and evening dresses with a low neckline. And then Mary visited a brilliant idea. She and her maid took two shawls, a ribbon, several laces and made a simple bodice that does not cover the back.

At the party, Mary made a splash. And her “showered” orders from her friends, and once she even received an order from a stranger who offered a dollar for her services. Then Mary turned to the patent office, where she was in November 1914 and was granted a patent for “Leaf with an open back.” Subsequently, Mary Falps Jacobs sold the branding rights to the corset manufacturing company in Bridgeport, Connecticut, for $ 1,500.
This is a beautiful story, but there is every reason to doubt that Mary Jacobs was the first inventor of the bra. Just its development was the first widely used.

And the very first inventor of the modern bra was Marie Tuchek, who patented it in 1893. True, she called this piece of women’s toilet “bustarder”.

And one more curious fact. The numbering system of busts in size and bras for each of the stages of life (adolescent and adult) was first developed in the 1920s by the Russian émigré Ida Rosenthal.

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