Cultures vary widely in their views of feminine modesty and immodesty. Long ago, missionaries were distraught when visiting a Christian church in northern Congo. The missionaries suggested that the women wear blouses. The church leaders unanimously rejected the idea. It horrified them. At that time only prostitutes wore such coverings, since they were the few who could afford them.
In Micronesia a chief forbade any woman to enter the village with a blouse on, demanding instead that a grass skirt be worn that reached the ankles. Bare breasts, modest. Bare legs, unthinkable.
As an exchange student to Germany in the 80’s, I didn’t shave the whole time. Part of it was just to make my parents cringe upon my return, but part of it was an open-mindedness on my part to the culture. Not shaving meant you were just a regular girl. At that time it was seen as unneccessary and even as something a hooker would do. (This is exactly the former view here in the US not that long ago.)
Much of what we consider modest is culturally determined, but is it the right thing to do? Is it even healthy? What if there was something you wore, primarily because of modesty, that could kill you? Would it be moral to wear something that did THAT to your body? What if you could decrease your risk of a deadly cancer by 125 times by not wearing it?
Got your attention yet?
In a study of almost 5,000 women, Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismajijer found that if women:
- wore their bras 24 hours per day they had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer
- wore bras more than 12 hours, but not to bed had a 1 in 7 risk
- wore bras less than 12 hours had a 1 out of 52 chance
- wore them rarely or never had a 1 in 168 chance (the same incidence as it occurs in men)
Any study that shows even a doubling of cancer chances usually gets the medical community’s immediate attention. (Think cigarettes and lung cancer.) But don’t wait for them to endorse a treatment that is both free and painless. Multiple millions of dollars are spent each year on medicines and treatments that leave women disfigured at best, though I see them as beautiful creatures regardless.
Don’t misunderstand me – I am not saying go topless – you can be modest and braless. You can wear a camisole or put band-aids on your nipples. Yeah, you read that right. The freedom of movement might freak you out at first, but you will be amazed at how much better you feel. You see, what’s happening is the bra puts pressure on the breast, limiting circulation and inhibiting the flow of toxins away from the breast. Circulation in the lymphatic tissues under the arms is absolutely essential for good health. Cancer is not the only disease that can be prevented.
For more information that will stun you, I suggest the book, Dressed to Kill. Plus, here is a link that has helpful info: http://www.all-natural.com/dressed.html