no bra? no problem

In their work Uplift: The Bra in America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002) Jane Farrell-Beck and Colleen Gau suggest that the bra is now so politically charged that it symbolizes the oppression of women. So strong are these political meanings that they outweigh the original purpose of the undergarment, these women and others argue.

It is somewhat ironic, then, that the extreme conservative group of Islamists in Somalia has perhaps done women a favor by allowing women to get something off of their chests and rid themselves of an oppressive symbol and equally oppressive reality by banning bras.

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