Multiple media sources have reported that the Shabab extremists operating in Somalia have banned bras along with television, movies, music, and even school bells. Bras are “naughty”? How ironic that going braless should become another restriction for women when burning bras once symbolized female liberation in the U.S.
After all, what do bras do except hold up the “girls”? Well according to one post on a Naked Scientist discussion forum, a referenced study has shown that wearing bras increases incidence of breast cancer “125 fold.” What? That claim is reiterated on www.007b.com/why_wear_bras.php except that number is “113-fold.” The problem, so they explain, stems from bras exerting pressure, inhibiting the “flow of lymph” which in turn prevents toxins and waste from being “flushed out.” (The site does mention that bras do not prevent the breasts from sagging. Darn it!)
A posted comment on still another Web site claimed that the purpose of bras was to give more exposure to the breasts, therefore leading to corruption and other crimes against women. Who knew?
Take Saudi Arabia for instance with its religious police force. They check to make sure women are not driving and that men are not walking pets. The latter is not allowed because males could allegedly use dogs or cats as a ploy to make passes at women. (Very clever, guys!) You have to wonder how the police would check if bras were banned there or how they will do it in Somalia for that matter. Sorry Victoria’s Secret. No chance to expand in that part of the world.
Of course, bras aren’t the only headline grabbers these days. Other women’s clothing, particularly Islamic garb, has stirred up worldwide controversy. The burqua was banned in Belgium, as one sample of clothing that obscures the identity of the wearer. The ACLU states on its Web site that Muslim women in the U.S. have been “denied driver’s licenses unless they remove their head coverings for the photographs.” The Egyptian government has banned the niqab or face veil for students who are taking an exam because it could serve as a way to fake identity or hide items used to cheat. The lawyer opposing the Egyptian ban is quoted as saying it would be “soul-crushing” for a woman to have to “expose part of her body she doesn’t want exposed.” Oh. Wasn’t it men who created the dress code in the first place and not women who demanded covering up? Therefore, wouldn’t it be men whose souls would be crushed?
Having both TV and bras on the extremists’ “forbidden” list also rules out male viewing of Victoria’s Secret commercials. Admittedly, the spots do flaunt the natural assets of a female, demurely of course since only cleavage shows in the predominantly padded bras for sale in North America.
The Janet Jackson “oops” incident can’t be overlooked in any bra discussion. Even if you missed it on TV, you could hardly get away from seeing the malfunction all over the Internet. Wait. The Internet isn’t on the banned list yet or is it?