What is No Bra Day?
No Bra Day is observed annually on October 13. Women are encouraged to forgo wearing a bra as a means of raising breast cancer awareness. This is designed to reflect the fact that some breast cancer survivors can no longer wear bras as their breasts gets removed as part of treatment. The added significance being to remind people to get screened for breast cancer regularly. It also acts as a way of fundraising for breast cancer research. The day sits in the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
What does it signify?
No Bra Day means different things to different people. Some women embrace it as part of the fight against breast cancer while others take a political stance, an opportunity to take a stance against what they view as a restrictive, uncomfortable garment.
However, while it may not be possible for most women to go without a bra, some choose to wear the color purple to observe this day instead. Men can also be supportive by using the hashtags #NationalNoBraDay or even just #NoBraDay.
So, today is just a day to create breast cancer awareness and not a day to show upper body parts or watch unclad women.