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Sunday, 14 October 2018

The true/actual reason why we celebrate national No Bra Day

No Bra Day is a yearly worldwide observance on October 13 which was first observed on July, 9 2011, but within 3 years, it was finally moved to October 13th, which is known as the Month of National Breast Cancer Awareness.
#nobraday reason why

The National ‘No Bra Day’ was adapted by an anonymous individual who conceived “No Bra Day” as a means to encourage females to enjoy being braless, and most importantly to become knowledgeable about the symptoms of breast cancer and for raising awareness of the serious disease.
Social media users are usually encouraged to post with the hash tag #nobraday.

History of No Bra Day

It started first in 2011 as a medical event in Toronto, Canada and was named BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) by Toronto Plastic surgeon Dr. Mitchell Brown. BRA day is observed on different dates in different provinces of Canada during the month of October. In July that same year (2011), an anonymous individual using the name Anastasia Doughnuts published the first website promoting “No Bra Day.”

The event was initially described, in part, as:

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… P.S. Ladies… Wearing a white t-shirt on this day is not only acceptable but encouraged! 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 NNBD button or t-shirt…(Your support means a lot to us…)
**Breast Cancer is something you should take seriously and be checked for. **

This announcement was later reposted on a Facebook page promoting the event. No Bra Day was later adopted in the U.S. in 2012.

The Reason for No Bra Day

BRA day is intended to raise awareness about breast cancer screening, alert females about the symptoms of breast cancer, and to encourage us to conduct regular self examinations.

At BRA Day events, those affected with breast cancer can attend Q&A speeches with leading plastic surgeons, and hear inspirational survival stories.

In Philippines, the No Bra Day is seen as a day to advance the cause of gender equality.

Photo: Wikipedia

How to celebrate No Bra Day

  1. Females are encouraged to go braless and post photos using the hashtag #nobraday. 
  2. Women who choose not to go braless are encouraged to wear something purple or white on that day.
  3. Survivors of breast cancer should find means to inspire & encourage others affected with breast cancer. 
  4. Some sites suggest that participants donate to breast cancer charities

The Controversies of No Bra Day

The day is controversial as some see it as sexualizing and exploiting women’s bodies while at the same time belittling the serious disease, breast cancer. Some critics have described the event as being “purely sexual.”

Jean Sachs, CEO of Living beyond Breast Cancer, thinks No Bra Day is offensive. In his own words:
“I mean breast cancer is a life-threatening illness. It has nothing to do with wearing a bra or not wearing a bra.”

Gayle Sulik, founder and executive director of the Breast Cancer Consortium said, “But we don’t really pay attention to what’s going on with breast cancer. That’s a hugely damaging impact of this sort of message.”

Reference:  Wikipedia 
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