13 October is day to leave your bra at home and embrace the celebrations as it is National No Bra Day.
For many people, this day is a very controversial event. National No Bra Day encourages woman to go bra-less for a 24-hour period on 13 October as the whole month is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness. Although the origins of National No Bra Day are unclear, this event has been running since at least 2011 – promoting breast cancer awareness to help raise money for research.
It also reminds women – and men – of the importance of joining the fight against breast cancer by being screened regularly for breast cancer, recognising the symptoms of breast cancer and doing regular self examinations. However, many survivors of breast cancer are unable to go without wearing a bra as they need it to hold their prostheses after surgery.
To observe National No Bra Day, schedule an appointment for a mammogram or go for a breast cancer screen. Familiarise yourself with the symptoms of breast cancer to enable you to recognise it immediately. You can also do a self-examination to make sure you do not have any lumps that may be cancer.
The original (and somewhat controversial) copy from the first No Bra Day appears below:
“Boobies are Fantastic… We all think so. And what better way to express the way we feel than to support a full day of boobie freedom?? Women are magnificent creatures, and so are their breasts. Let us spend the day unleashing boobies from their boobie zoos.
“Ladies, free your breasts for 24 hours by removing those dreadful (but at times oh-so-helpful) bras. Our perkiness should not be hidden. It is time that the world see what we were blessed with. Your breasts might be colossal, adorable, miniature, full, jiggly, fancy, sensitive, glistening, bouncy, smooth, tender, still blossoming, rosy, plump, fun, silky, Jello-like, fierce, jolly, nice, naughty, cuddly… But, the most used word to describe your breasts on October 13th should be FREE!
“Gentlemen, you can participate too! Your job will be to support us ladies by rocking something purple. It can be a purple tie, purple boxers, purple socks, the National No Bra Day (NNBD) button or t-shirt.. If it is purple or with the NNBD logo, it supports us. (Your support means quite a lot to us …)
“If wearing a bra on this day is absolutely necessary, you can definitely show your support by wearing something purple.
“Yay for boobies!
“P.S: Ladies…. Wearing a white t-shirt on this day is not only acceptable, but encouraged!”
**Breast Cancer is something you should take seriously and be checked for.**
Take part in raising awareness for breast cancer research by using #NoBraDay or #NationalNoBraDay on social media.
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